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A happy day for developers: Apple releases a slew of betas

Developers who are working on future versions of their apps for iOS, Mac OS X and watchOS got a nice gift from Apple today, with the latest betas of each of the major operating systems being made available for download.

First up was the second beta version of watchOS 2. However, the beta was pulled for unknown reasons a few hours later…

Next came the second beta (version 13A4280e) of iOS 9. It’s available as an OTA (over-the-air) update to anyone who has the first beta installed on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The release notes say that the update fixes problems with the first beta, providing better AirPlay connectivity. Restoring from an iOS 9 backup is now speedier, Mail doesn’t crash when you try to print a message, and third-party keyboards work in search results. The update also fixes an issue in which it was impossible to change a password in the Family section of iCloud Settings.

This doesn’t mean iOS 9 is ready for business, though — there are still a huge number of bugs to be fixed before it’s released this fall.

Finally, the second developer preview of Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan was released. On any Mac with the first beta installed, just go to the Mac App Store to run the update. Oddly enough, most developers I’ve talked to today haven’t figured out what bugs were squashed in the new version. 

the authorSteve Sande
Steve is the founder and former publisher of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!
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