It's Christmas in July for Apple developers. Apple most often releases new betas every other Tuesday, and today made three new operating system builds available. Time to upate those devices!
First up is the fourth beta of iOS 9. Developers can snag the newest beta via over-the-air update or from the Apple Developer Center. Apple hasn't released a changelog for iOS 9 Beta 4. The third beta, released two weeks ago, added the new Music and News apps to the test version of iOS 9. iOS betas all generally add new features in addition to bug fixes ahead of the general release. iOS 9 won't be available to everyone until September.
It's important to note today's iOS 9 beta is for developers, not consumers. Apple is offering iOS 9 in beta form to consumers too, but through a separate public program.
iOS 9 makes a lot of under-the-hood refinements to iOS and gives Siri and Search lots more power to get things done throughout the operating system.
Next is the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan 10.11. OS X is of course Apple's desktop operating system. Developers can download the update from the Mac App Store or the Apple Developer Center. Apple didn't provide any clues about what might be new in this beta release. Earlier versions of El Capitan focused on cleaning up bugs and other code issues to improve performance.
Apple worked hard to streamline OS X in El Capitan. For example, it introduced Metal from iOS, which delivers a 40% boost in graphics rendering efficiency. OS X 10.11 also has new fonts, a revised Mission Control, split view multitasking, and improved search.
As with iOS, this beta version of El Capitan is for app developers and not the general public. OS X El Capitan 10.11 is available to consumers via the public beta program.
Last is the fourth beta of Xcode 7. Xcode 7 beta 4 includes SDKs for watchOS 2.0, iOS 9 and OS X version 10.11. The primary new features of Xcode 7 beta 4 are a revised interface builder and testing tool. The UI builder lets developers deploy storyboard references in iOS 8, OS X 10.10, and WatchOS 1.0. The new testing UI recording tool generates code for iOS gestures, such as doubletap or longpress. The beta also makes improvements to Swift, Objective-C, All Thinning, Playgrounds, and Debugging.
Like the others, Xcode 7 beta 4 can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.
You can expect the next round of beta updates in or about August 4.