Apple Seeds OS X El Capitan Beta 4, watchOS 2 Beta 4

Along with the release of new betas every other Tuesday Apple releases a bunch of developer only builds and today is the day. Seeded the new, fourth beta release of iOS 9 and Apple has now also pushed new updates for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and watchOS 2 out to developers. Accessible through their Developer Portal or the Apple Store if you are installing El Capitan, the new betas are available to download right now.

The new beta releases of OS X El Capitan througn into the fourth beta release segment. Carrying with it a buld number of 15A226f, and those who don’t have an earlier version installed will be able to get a download code from the Apple Developer Portal. Once it is redeemed in the Mac App Store, you’re well on your way to getting your every own build of El Capitan on your Mac system.

For Apple Watch, watchOS 2 is now available to download in its beta 4 stage, and brings with it some bug fixes for those beta 3’s bigger problems fixed in this release, those running an older version of the beta will want to update sooner rather than later. Fixes as part of watchOS 2 beta 4, users can look forward to Apple Pay once again being functional Apple ID and associated Messages issues being a thing of the past and other smaller improvements.

Installing a beta release on their watch is a brave thing, which it appears that one of the undocumented additions and one that will be popular amongst many is the change of color for some of the default elements – namely Activity one. Previously gray and now fully colored to represent the Activity ru=ings, the improved complication is much more readable, especially amongst busy watch faces. With custom complications also on the way as part of watchOS 2.

Betas are still fairly early in the process and bugs will still be apparent. If you install either OS X 10.11 El Capitan or watchOS 2, just keep in mind the fact that some bugs may not seamlessly work and, importantly, it’s not the developers of apps that are to blame on.


Best to leave the betas to the professionals for now.