Apple seeds third betas of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 to developers

Aside from seeding iOS 10.3 beta 3 to members of the Apple Developer Program, Apple this morning released a third beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 for developer testing as well. two weeks after seeding the second betas and just under a month after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.3, watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4

Here’s what’s new in macOS Sierra 10.12.4, as discovered in the first beta. We’ll update this list with any new additions discovered in the third beta as they are discovered:

  • Night Shift for Macs
  • Siri can now tell users more about the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council. Siri can read out/show scores, rosters, and more.
  • Dictation now supports Shanghainese
  • Apps that support the PDFKit API will now display PDFs much better

The third macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta is available for download through the Apple Developer Center or the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who have previously installed a beta.

watchOS 3.2 beta 3

watchOS 3.2 brings a new Theater Mode to Apple Watch.

Invoked via a toggle in Control Center, Theater Mode puts the device into silent mode while keeping the screen dark until you hit one of the buttons, or the screen.

Aside from Theater Mode, watchOS 3.2 will let you control your favorite watch apps with Siri so you can accomplish things like send a message, make a payment, book a ride, start a workout, call a contact or search photos just by using your voice.

Developers must have iOS 10 installed on their iPhone to take advantage of the beta. The software can be installed through the dedicated Watch iOS app, by heading into General –> Software Update. To download and install the beta, the App Watch must have 50% of its battery charged, and the device must be charging as well. The iPhone must be within range of the wearable as well.

tvOS 10.2 beta 3

Apple says that tvOS 10.2 beta 3 brings improved scrolling behavior allowing you to scroll through really long lists more quickly than before.

To use improved scrolling on tvOS 10.2 beta 3, simply do a large swipe on your Siri Remote, then swipe on the far right side to navigate specific indexes.

Aside from accelerated scrolling support, tvOS 10.2 brings support for Apple’s Device Enrollment Program, Expanded Mobile Device Management, the VideoToolbox framework and the new Apple File System (APFS).

To download and install the new software, developers need to open the Mac App Store and install from there. It’s also available from Apple’s dedicated beta site for developers.

 

 

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