Apple isn’t done with iOS 15 and macOS 12 yet

Apple launched the first betas of iOS 15.6 and macOS 12.5 to developers on Wednesday, although their replacements will be announced in less than a month. iOS 16 and macOS 13 will surely be unveiled at the WWDC Developer Conference in early June, but work on their predecessors continues.

Developers also got access to iPadOS 15.6 beta 1, watchOS 8.7 beta 1, and tvOS 15.6 beta 1.

In anticipation of iOS 15.6, macOS 12.5 and more

Apple never stops working on its operating systems for very long. iPhone, Mac, iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV users can be sure that operating system updates are always in development.

So it’s not really surprising that the first betas for iOS 15.6, macOS 12.5 and the others have just been sent to developers. They come two days after the release of iOS 15.5, macOS 12.4 and other updates for Apple computers.

It’s just that now is a weird time. WWDC kicks off on June 6, and the keynote will almost certainly include the reveals for iOS 16, macOS 13, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16. That makes new OS upgrades that Apple has started to test “lame ducks” on Wednesday.

However, iOS 16 etc. won’t be released until the fall – in at least four months. It’s too long to go without operating system updates for Mac, iPhone and other Apple devices.

It is possible, even likely, that all of these updates are simple bug fixes. Important new features ahead of the big fall OS updates probably aren’t in the cards. If any of the beta releases reveal upcoming features, cult of mac will cover them.

As for the release schedule, the release numbers for the latest iOS and iPadOS beta releases end with ‘e’ in a countdown to ‘a’, so the full releases are only not expected for at least a month. The macOS build number ends in “d” and those of watchOS and tvOS end in “c” so they can potentially come out sooner. Or Apple could release them all at once while moving through active testing faster for some betas.

iOS 15.6 beta 1, macOS 12.5 beta 1, iPadOS 15.6 beta 1, watchOS 8.7 beta 1 and tvOS 15.6 beta 1 are now available to developers.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Only for developers

Currently iOS 15.6 beta 1, macOS 12.5 beta 1, iPadOS 15.6 beta 1, watchOS 8.7 beta 1 and tvOS 15.6 beta 1
are reserved for developers. To access these preliminary editions, you must join the Apple Developer Programwhich costs $99 per year.

But if Apple follows its old ways, public betas will arrive soon.


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Steven L. Nielsen