Apple Seeds Beta 5 Of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2 To Developers & Public Testers
Apple has just released beta 5 of iOS 9.3.3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 for Macs, and tvOS 9.2.2 for Apple TV, to both developers registered on Apple Developer Program and testers registered on Apple Public Beta Program. Each of these new software seeds are coming approximately a week after the last batch of same version firmware releases by Apple, and only a day after Apple released beta 2 of iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3. Of course, as always, here we’re going to take a look at each platform (iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6, tvOS 9.2.2) release and see what’s new in the latest beta 5 builds.
iOS 9.3.3 Beta 5
iOS 9.3.3 represents a relatively minor point update in the progression of the iOS platform, and in all honesty, is more than likely a little overshadowed by the fact that the second beta of iOS 10 has recently become available. As with previous iOS 9.3.3 betas, this fifth pre-release seed doesn’t contain any outward-facing changes, with Apple instead choosing to focus on introducing a number of security enhancements and under-the-hood improvements to try and establish the overall user-experience.
Developers and pubic testers with a configuration profile installed on their compatible device are able to get involved at this stage if they haven’t already done so. Those with an existing pre-release version of iOS 9.3.3 are able to update to the fifth beta via the Software Update section found in Settings > General.
OS X 10.11.6 Beta 5
It’s nearly time to say goodbye to OS X as we know it, and instead welcome macOS into its place. But there’s a good few months left before that happens. Until then, developers and public testers have OS X 10.11.6 beta 5 to get their teeth into. Unfortunately, like the fifth beta iOS 9.3.3, there isn’t much to get excited about with this latest OS X seed. Apple has once again chosen this relatively insignificant point update to focus on a number of bug fixes and general stability and security improvements under-the-hood.
Those with an existing beta of OS X 10.11.6 installed on their machine can grab the latest release as a software update through the Mac App Store.
tvOS 9.2.2 Beta 5
There’s been a bit of a strange shift when it comes to Apple’s software platforms. Once upon a time, all of the focus would have been on iOS, and while it still remains the dominant platform, there’s a definite growing interest in tvOS and how Apple plans to progress the Apple TV firmware. The release of tvOS 9.2.2 beta 5 unfortunately doesn’t really give us an insight into those plans, and instead focuses on making a number of under-the-hood improvements designed to provide a more stable and enjoyable user-experience for everyone with a fourth-generation Apple TV.
As was the case with the previous tvOS 9.2.2 beta, Apple’s release notes stipulates that the update focuses on bug fixes and security improvements.