Yesterday Apple has indirectly announced many things on all Apple devices. This announcement was mostly dedicated to those who signed up as developers at Apple. Yesterday on April 9, 2017, Apple sent out beta software to each and every developer at Apple. This is a tease for the future for which Apple will be launching their new OS stuff at the WWDC 2017 event this year. They sent beta software updates to iPhone (iOS), MacBook (macOS), Apple Watch (WatchOS), Apple TV (tvOS). This is basically all of the products that Apple has released. Let’s jump straight into it.
Apple announced the second beta of iOS 10.3.2 to developers. The latest iOS beta sees the re-introduction of support for 32-bit devices following iOS 10.3.1’s release. This means that you will still be able to use 32-bit apps but later int he future it might no work depending on if the developer updates the app. Today’s update is available to beta testers through Apple’s Developer Center as either a download or an over-the-air update through the developer profile. One thing that got fixed is Third-party VPN apps should now work as expected.
Apple is rolling out the second macOS 10.12.5 developer beta available through the Mac App Store on the computer. This beta is currently only available to Apple Developers but later after around 3 to 4 days, it will become a public beta. The beta is based off the 10.12.4 update. Apple is taking the moment to bring color shifting Night Shift feature to the Mac for the first time. This feature was introduced back in iOS 9 on the iPhone 6 and phones above that. Other then that patch notes have only told us that the update will fix bugs and security issues. This update will likely be announced at the WWDC 2017 event on June 5th.
Apple TV (tvOS)
Apple is rolling out the second tvOS 10.2.1 beta for developer testing on the Apple TV. The update will likely focus on bug fixes and security improvements as a plan and teaser for the upcoming tvOS 11 on the Apple TV. This update especially follows the first update of tvOS. The most recent Apple TV software update includes a new fast scrolling method and SDK improvements. With that, Apple has also updated the Apple TV Remote App with Siri features to work with the iPad. The tvOS 10.2.1 beta is only available for registered developers. The tvOS beta is only available through Apple’s developer program. Major updates will likely be announced at the WWDC 2017 event on June 5th.
Apple Watch (watchOS)
Lastly, Apple is pushing out the second watchOS 3.2.2 beta for developer testing on the Apple Watch. The update most likely includes bug fixes and security improvements just like all updates and is packed ahead with features for the watchOS 4 announcement later this year. WatchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch brought new features including Theater Mode which mutes alerts and disables raise-to-wake plus Sirikit which allows third-party apps to work with Siri. The recent Apple Watch update brings new watch face colors designed by Nike colors and this is the only beta with this update. The watchOS beta is only available through Apple’s developer program just like tvOS. Major updates will likely be announced at the WWDC 2017 event on June 5th.
I feel that the reason why Apple is taking this moment to update there software is because they are telling everyone that there are major updates to come at the next event and this was just a solid foundation which they are creating to support those major updates.