Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta 7 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

Posted in Apple News, macOS on 16/03/2017 by Chris Hauk

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Apple on Thursday seeded the seventh beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to developers and public beta testers. The new beta comes just three short days following the sixth beta release.

Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta 5 to Developers for Testing

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta 7

Developers can download the seventh beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 – Build 16E191a – from the Apple Developer Center or via the “Update” tab in the Mac App Store.

The first beta brought a new Night Shift mode that automatically shifts a Mac’s display color to the warmer end of the color spectrum for evening computing, much like the iOS Night Shift mode introduced in iOS 9.3.

New features in macOS 10.12.4:

  • Night Shift now available on the Mac.
  • Dictation support for Shanghainese.
  • Ask Siri about cricket scores, schedules and player rosters. Siri knows about statistics and data from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council.
  • Updated PDFKit APIs for better displaying of PDFs in apps that use the framework.

Focus Areas

Apple has asked developers to focus testing on the following areas:

  • Night Shift preference for automatically shifting the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum after dark
  • Siri support for checking Cricket scores, schedules, and player rosters from the Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
  • Dictation support for Shanghainese
  • Reading, writing and navigating PDFs using system-provided APIs

We’ll keep our eyes out for news of any other new features in this beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4, and will report them here 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.