This year’s Worldwide Developers Conference may be over, but that doesn’t mean the updates from the plethora of announcements made during the opening keynote need to come grinding to a halt. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as Apple has now officially announced availability for the second betas of macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, and watchOS 3. After initially announcing and releasing the first pre-release seed for those three major platforms during the opening keynote of WWDC 2016 about three weeks ago, the company’s engineers have clearly been hard at work trying to streamline and improve the experience as much as possible.
All that work that has resulted in the immediate availability of the second betas for Apple’s desktop platform, its first wearable device, and of course, the Apple TV 4. Here we take a look at all three beta releases one-by-one.
macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta 2
It still feels a little strange calling it “macOS” rather than OS X, but that familiarity will come with time. Rather than focusing on any major outward-facing changes, Apple has applied resources into stabilizing the Sierra experience, attempting to eradicate any of the known issues that have become apparent during developers interaction of the first beta. Given the amount of changes and features introduced and bundled into the first version of “macOS”, it’s only to be expected that Apple will want the experience to be as pleasurable and as positive as possible to Mac owners.
For those that are currently running the initial beta of macOS Sierra, Apple has made this second seed available to download instantly via the Mac App Store. The installation file can also be downloaded directly from the Apple Developer Program portal if you have an active developer account and are an enrolled member.
watchOS 3 Beta 2
The introduction of watchOS 3 managed to grab the majority of the cheers and applause during WWDC 2016’s keynote event. Those instant loading apps that invoke up to 7x faster than on its watchOS 2 counterpart, and of course, who could forget that impressive and talking new animated Minnie Mouse watch face? Regardless of your favorite watchOS 3 feature, Apple has been working tirelessly behind the scenes since the announcement to ensure that it is on target for a faultless September public availability. That effort should be reflected in the improvements made to watchOS 3 beta 2.
As always, the second beta of watchOS 3 can be installed through the Software Update mechanism of the accompanying Watch app on the connected iPhone. If this is the first time you are installing watchOS 3 beta, you will first have to grab the update by installing configuration file from developer.apple.com.
tvOS 10 Beta 2
tvOS may be in its infancy, but it’s growing rapidly in popularity as more and more consumers look to reinvent and bring a different dynamic to their living room by purchasing a fourth-generation Apple TV. The introduction of tvOS 10 was a clear indication that Apple sees great value in the progression of this platform with the introduction of a Dark Mode, powerful Siri integration, Single Sign-on for streaming apps, and much more.
The second beta of tvOS 10 is available immediately for those developers building apps and experiences for the tvOS App Store, and features internal improvements and amendments that should hopefully make tvOS 10 a lot more stable and reliable for those interacting with it.
To install tvOS 10 beta 2 update, if beta 1 is already install, you can update directly from Apple TV itself, if not, you will then first have to grab the update from developer.apple.com.
If any major changes or feature additions are discovered in any of these second betas, we will of course keep you updated. Stay tuned!