Apple releases beta 4 of iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1 & macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to developers

Apple has seeded the fourth beta of iOS 10.2 before its final release that is scheduled for some time early next month. As for what’s new in the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile OS, that remains to be seen. For devices already part of the developer program, the new software is available as an over-the-air update. It’s also available via Apple’s dedicated developer portal.

iOS 10.2 includes a trio of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus wallpapers, a new TV app and widget, additional camera features, all-new “Love” and “Celebration” screen effect in Messages, additional music sorting options and dedicated buttons for Repeat and Shuffle in the Music app, an option for preserving Camera settings and more.

Both iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 may support the promised Single Sign-On feature that remembers your cable logins across video apps. macOS 10.12.2 and watchOS 3.1.1 pack in mostly bug fixes and performance enhancements to address issues that have surfaced since the respective releases of macOS 10.12.1 and watchOS 3.1.

Apple is also adding new Unicode 9.0 emoji characters across iOS, watchOS and macOS Sierra, including several profession emoji available in both male and female genders like firefighter, mechanic, lawyer, doctor, scientist and more.

The new betas arrive hot on the heels of the beta 3 releases of iOS 10.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and tvOS 10.1 that were seeded to developers on November 14. A developer-only version of watchOS 3.1.1 beta 3 was released on November 15.


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