Details here speaks about the latest second beta builds instantly available to registered developers have another opportunity to test a number of Apple’s major platforms, including Mac systems, Apple Watch and Apple TV. It’s also an opportunity for sole developers testing before prior Apple releases final macOS 10.13 and tvOS 11, watchOS 4 into the hands of public testers later this month.
macOS 10.13 High Sierra Beta 2: seeded to the upcoming macOS High Sierra update for testing purposes, a little over two weeks after introducing the initial software and releasing the first beta at its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference. The officially released second pre-release seed of macOS 10.13 to those lucky individuals who are enrolled and registered with the Apple Developer Program. This update follows on from the initial High Sierra beta pushed out recently. Anyone looking to take advantage of this second beta will be immediately able to benefit from changes made by Apple to streamline the 10.13 High Sierra experience on Mac machines.
Internal changes made will be purely based on feedback from users as well as Apple’s own roadmap for the platform. Major changes for macOS 10.13 include significant improvements to Safari with the automatic blocking of videos playing as well as a new feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention. There are also changes to the Photos app, and how Mail app works in terms of efficiencies, and iCloud and Siri refinements, etc. However, with the second macOS High Sierra beta is out now, just started its journey.
Interested and eligible people can install macOS 10.13 High Sierra beta from Apple Developer Center or Mac App Store via Updates tab.
watchOS 4 Beta 2: the two OSes “watchOS & tvOS” are not going to be the most popular platforms of Apple, though by installation numbers, because of the number of devices in existence, they are still hugely popular. This latest version of watchOS is the fourth major incremental iteration, and definitely the best yet.
Beta 2 of watchOS 4 is offered with immediate availability to all registered members in Developer Program. And the second progression of the platform with all included watchOS 4 features, such as the new and improved Watch faces, redesigned application experiences, and an improved Siri experience which functions more like its living on a powerful smartphone or tablet.
watchOS 4 introduces three new watch faces, including a dedicated Siri watch face that displays dynamic info unique to each individual. There are complications for Now Playing and Apple News, and an enhaced Workout app that supports High Intensity Interval Training.
GymKit, a new technology platform on watchOS 4 will let the Apple Watch interface with gym equipment for workout data sharing purposes, and the Activity app will offer up intelligent coaching and tailored workout encouragement along with new monthly activity challenges. So for now, developers are provided watchOS 4 beta 2, and non-developers will need to wait until the software is officially release in the fall to try it out.
This watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by heading over to General –> Software Update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it must also be in range of the compatible iPhone.
tvOS 11 Beta 2: Offered with immediate availability, tvOS 11 may have dropped off the WWDC radar this time around, though it doesn’t mean that it isn’t here and still being offered for testing purposes. This latest version of the Apple TV platform comes in with significant under-the-hood improvements, including refinements and security patches to ensure that Apple TV is a safe and secure platform to use.
Also included by Apple, API improvements with tvOS 11 as well as custom sound support. It may not be the overhaul that many people wanted, but nevertheless, it’s definitely an improvement and worthy of testing.
Update x1: tvOS11 received little attention at this year’s WWDC, and according to the release notes, it introduces few new features to the TV operating system. Brings automatic switching between light/dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options that keep Apple TVs in a household in sync, new background modes and notification support. All that Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, and of course, improvements to Mobile Device Management.
For the first time, in Apple’s tvOS 11, AirPods are able to pair automatically with an Apple TV. Apple will partner with Amazon to bring an Amazon Prime Video app to the Apple TV later this year.
Those looking to download and install the developer betas of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, watchOS 4, or tvOS 11, simply head to developer.apple.com to get started, if not already.
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