Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1 to Developers

Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.0.1 to Developers

Apple on Wednesday seeded the first betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.1 to developers for testing. The releases come just a little over a week following the public release of iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10.0.1.

Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.1 to Developers

iOS 10.1

Today’s new iOS 10.1 beta seed – build 14B55c – is available as an over-the-air update to developers who have the beta configuration profile installed on their iOS devices.

9to5Mac reports the following changes have been found in the iOS 10.1 beta seed so far:

  • iOS 10.1 includes the Portrait bokeh feature for iPhone 7 Plus.
  • According to the developer release notes, iOS 10.1 includes a fix for motion handling. Developers will be able to access barometric pressure data for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

We’ll report any further findings in this space.

watchOS 3.1

The first watchOS 3.1 beta – build 14S452 – can be downloaded through the dedicated Watch app on an iPhone running the iOS 10.1 beta 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.

watchOS 3 introduced a number of significant changes to the Apple Watch operating system. A new dock, several performance improvements, new navigation features, watchfaces and apps, new fitness-related features, and much more are available in the new version. Currently, it isn’t known what changes are present in the first beta of watchOS 3.1, but we’ll keep you posted in this space.

tvOS 10.0.1

The first beta seed of tvOS 10.0.1 – build 14U54 – is currently available to developers.

tvOS betas are a bit more involved to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Users must connect the Apple TV to 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.

tvOS 10 brought a number of new features to users of the fourth-generation Apple TV, bringing enhanced Siri capabilities, offering topic-based search, Live Tune-In for live channels, and improved HomeKit abilities.

tvOS 10 also offers a dark mode for an improved viewing experience in dark rooms, and new features for Photos and Music.

Currently, we don’t know what changes are included in the first beta seed of tvOS 10.0.1, but we’ll keep you posted in the space as we find out more.

Alongside the first betas of iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and tvOS 10.1, Apple also released new developers seeds for macOS Sierra 10.12.1 and Xcode 8.1.

(This article has been updated to include the correct version of the tvOS beta.)

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