The beta process keeps on trucking along. Apple has seeded the latest betas of its next updates for the company's most popular operating systems. And while it might not be adding any major forward facing new features to the mix, there are certainly some noteworthy new additions.
The last time Apple seeded betas for its next updates to its operating systems, it was still October. But, today, the company is back at it again, preparing developers (and, eventually, public beta testers) for what's to come on the software front. As such, there are new beta seeds available for developers.
Hot on the heels of releasing iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 to the public, Apple is already hard at work on the follow-up. As such, a period of beta testing is part of the process. Which means developers now get to try out iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 ahead of a public launch later this year.
Earlier this year, when Apple unveiled macOS Monterey 12 to the world, one of the major bullet points in the features column was "Universal Control." It quickly became one of the more anticipated elements of the desktop operating system, which will let users use a single keyboard and mouse/trackpad across multiple devices. But Apple's making sure to set expectations (at least a little) ahead of the public launch.
The march towards a public launch of iOS 15 continues. Apple is back with another beta for its next update to its popular mobile operating system, along with iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. And today, new betas are available for each platform.
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service is now testing end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups. The feature was designed to protect your chat archive while it's being uploaded to or downloaded from iCloud and stored on Apple's servers (at rest).
Moving right along, as Apple continues its march towards the public release of iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1. To get there, though, we need more betas. And today, we have a new one for developers.
The iPhone 13 lineup launched earlier this month. And, unfortunately for some new owners, a bug surfaced that caused the new hardware to not properly communicate with a paired Apple Watch to access the ability to unlock the iPhone 13 with an Apple Watch. This feature is designed to make unlocking an iPhone with Face ID much more streamlined while wearing a mask (but it works without a mask, too, like when wearing certain sunglasses).
Earlier this month, Apple released iOS 15 to the public, along with other updates for the company's additional platforms. And now, looking ahead, the company is moving right along for the next update to the mobile operating system. Which requires some beta testing.
SharePlay, which allows for some pretty great screen sharing options, was first unveiled when Apple debuted iOS 15 earlier this year. However, Apple eventually decided to hold back the feature from the wide launch of the mobile operating system's major update. So while SharePlay isn't available right now, it is still coming.
It was just yesterday that Apple released the next big version updates for its most popular platforms (excluding macOS). But, kind of like the rumor mill, all things must push forward. And, as a result, Apple has already started to move ahead with the next update to iOS 15 and its other platforms.
Are you done with the iOS 15 beta and want to switch back to the official public release? While leaving the beta program is quick and easy, you might be stuck with beta software for some time. We walk you through your options.