The tenth anniversary of the iPhone line was celebrated this Monday, and with this occasion, Apple has released the third beta of the upcoming iOS 10.2.1, as well as the second beta of watchOS 3.1.3 to developers.
It’s been one month since Apple has released the second beta of iOS 10.2.1, which introduced a new TV app for users in the US, new redesigned emojis, new screen effects in Messages and other enhancements. Apple doesn’t offer a change log for the third beta, but it’s only a minor update, and it’s expected to come only with bug fixes and some performance enhancements. According to AppleInsider, iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 will only provide “stability, compatibility and security” to iPhone and iPads. The update comes with the build number 14D23 and it’s available to developers who will download it from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air.
When it comes to watchOS 3.1.3 Beta 2, developers can download it by using the Apple Watch app from their iPhones, and by going to General > Software Update. They will need to make sure that their Apple Watch is 50 percent charged or it’s plugged in its charging dock and paired with an iPhone (also within range) that runs on iOS 10 or higher. Beta 2 of watchOS 3.1.3 doesn’t come with major changes, either, which means that Apple has focused mostly on fixing bugs and enhancing some features. The first beta of watchOS 3.1.3, which came three weeks ago, was just as poor in changes as the current build, but the watchOS 3.1.1 update was problematic, as it bricked a few Series 2 timepieces that couldn’t be repaired in stores. Apple had to pull it from its servers, while the rest of Series 2 Apple Watches were stuck with watchOS 3.1 for a while.