Apple Releases New Betas for All Operating Systems

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Apple is definitely keeping busy, as the company seeded beta versions for all of its various operating systems this week.

Notably, the beta 1 versions of iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1 and watchOS 3.2.2 were rolled out for developers on March 28 — just one day after previous updates were officially released. A public beta version of iOS 10.3.2 was released yesterday. Also worth noting is that the update designations seem to indicate that Apple is skipping iOS 10.3.1 and watchOS 3.2.1.

watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1

watchOS 3.2.2 and tvOS 10.2.1 also seem to be minor updates with an under-the-hood and general maintenance focus.

macOS 10.12.5

Besides the mobile and TV updates, today Apple seeded the first beta version of macOS 10.12.5 — it’s seemingly a minor update with bug fixes and performance improvements, as no major features have been reported. Unlike its iOS counterpart, Apple has not included any release notes with the newest macOS update beta. This beta also closely follows a previous version — on Monday, Apple officially rolled out macOS 10.12.4, which brought Night Shift to the Mac, along with other minor improvements.

iOS 10.3.2

As far as iOS 10.3.2 is concerned, it seems to be an incremental update with bug fixes and improvements. No major features have been discovered yet — which is understandable, iOS 10.3 was a major update adding a slew of new features and improvements, and it was only just officially rolled out. The release notes for iOS 10.3.2 can be seen below.

Fixed in this Release

SiriKit

The new SiriKit car commands should now work as expected.

Notes and Known Issues

Managed and Shared Devices

The ability to update devices from a remote server is in development and may not yet work as expected. openURL When a third party application invokes openURL: on a tel://, facetime://, or facetime-audio:// URL, iOS displays a prompt and requires user confirmation before dialing.

SOS

SOS is only supported in India.

WebKit

Safari now supports the prefers-reduced-motion media query. This query allows a web developer to provide alternate page styles for users who are sensitive to large areas of motion. Users can change their preference for reduced motion in the Accessibility section of System Preferences.

The iOS 10.3 update removes support for SHA-1 signed certificates used for Transport Layer Security (TLS) in Safari and WebKit that are issued from a root Certification Authority (CA) included in the operating system default trust store. All other TLS connections will continue to support SHA-1 signed certificates until late 2017. SHA-1 signed root CA certificates, enterprisedistributed SHA-1 certificates, and user-installed SHA-1 certificates are not affected by this change.

openURL

When a third party application invokes openURL: on a tel://, facetime://, or facetime-audio:// URL, iOS displays a prompt and requires user confirmation before dialing.

Where to Update

The new beta versions of iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1 and macOS 10.12.5 are currently available to download for registered Apple developers. Additionally, macOS 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 can both be downloaded by members of Apple’s public beta testing program. Apple doesn’t currently offer public beta testing for its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

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