macOS Sierra 10.12 Public Beta 2 Released For Testers

Apple has today made available macOS Sierra 10.12 Public Beta 2 to testers registered on Apple Beta Software Program. Here are the details.

After releasing beta 3 earlier this week to registered developers, Apple has now officially rolled out macOS Sierra 10.12 public beta 2 for registered testers on the Beta Software Program. The pre-release seed of macOS Sierra 10.12 continues as Apple pushes closer to a final public release this coming fall.


Today’s second pre-release builds for testers comes two weeks after the release of the first macOS Sierra public beta and just after the release of the beta 3 to developers, to give the public testers the opportunity to interact with all improvements including testing if any previously discovered bugs have been fixed.

The latest builds of macOS Sierra 10.12 developer beta 3/public beta 2 offer the same features. There are no really outward-facing changes being introduced for testers to interact with. During last month’s opening keynote of WWDC 2016, Apple ultimately covered everything that’s new in Sierra, including things like the integration of Siri that can not only answer questions, but it also deeply integrated into the platform to locate files and perform specific tasks.

The one highlight found inside macOS Sierra would be it introduces improvements to how Photos are managed and interacted with, including a stunning new Memories feature that is also available as part of iOS 10.

Next to check out is there’s Auto Unlock for Apple Watch owners, ability to pay for goods and services via Apple Pay through Safari, and even copy and paste across multiple devices. To be a part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

The availability of macOS Sierra public beta 2 focuses on internal enhancements and usability that should hopefully make 10.12 Sierra a much pleasurable environment to interact with. Also there’s a focus on security and bug fixes to make the operating system as secure and private as possible.  Messages includes rich links, bigger emoji, and “Tapback” response options, and the macOS Sierra update will bring Apple Pay to the web.

Any public tester with a previous public beta version of macOS Sierra installed on a compatible iMac or MacBook is able to upgrade to the latest beta right now via the Mac App Store.

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