Apple Seeds Second Betas of watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 to Developers for Testing

Posted in Apple, Apple News, Apple TV, Apple Watch on 09/01/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Apple today seeded the second betas of watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 to developers for testing. The new betas come a number of weeks after the first beta release of both upcoming operating systems.

Apple Seeds Second Betas of watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 to Developers for Testing

watchOS 3.1.3 Beta 2

The first beta of watchOS 3.1.3 – Build 14S959 – can be downloaded through the dedicated Watch app on an iPhone running iOS 10 or higher by going to “General” -> “Software Update.” The Apple Watch must have 50% battery life remaining, be placed on an Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

As a minor 3.1.x update, the beta is likely to be made up of under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements, with no outward-facing new features discovered in the first four betas. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any new features in the beta, and will report them in this space.

Apple Seeds Second Betas of watchOS 3.1.3 and tvOS 10.1.1 to Developers for Testing

tvOS 10.1.1 Beta 2

The second beta seed of tvOS 10.1.1 – build 14U711 – is now available to developers, either from the Apple Developer Center or as an over-the-air update on Apple TV devices that have the proper beta profile installed.

tvOS betas are a bit more involved to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Users must connect the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, and install the update via iTunes or Apple Configurator. However, once a beta profile has been installed on the device, new beta releases are available over-the-air.

At this point, we don’t know what changes or enhancements the new beta holds in store. As a 10.1.x update, the changes are likely to be limited to bug fixes and performance enhancement. If we hear different, we’ll update you in this space.


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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described “magnificent bastard,” Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone’s favorite “bad movie” website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.