OS X 10.11.3 Beta 1 Released for Testing

Dec 16, 2015 - 9 Comments

OS X 10.11.3 Beta 1

Apple has released the first beta version of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan to Mac users participating in the testing programs.

The new release carries build 15D9c, and though it’s unclear what the focus area of OS X 10.11.3 is at the moment, presumably the release focuses on bug fixes and other improvements.

Mac users participating in the developer program can download the new beta right now from the Mac Developer Center. A matching public beta version has been released soon after, as Apple typically releases the developer build before the public beta build.

OS X 10.11.2 is the most recently available final stable version of OS X El Capitan, which focused on wi-fi improvements and addressed issues with AirDrop, Handoff, USB, and Bluetooth on Mac hardware.

Separately, iOS 9.2.1 beta 1 was also released for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, News

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  1. Alan says:

    I am wondering about something that happens all the time when I do an El Capitan update on my iMac.

    Once the process completes and the computer restarts, I enter my passowrd and the PC ends up at the desktop. All you see is the background, and the upper info bar and the lower task bar will not appear until I kill the computer and power it up again.

    Any thoughts?

    • pixeleen says:

      Beta software is unreliable, that’s why it’s beta releases. You should run a stable build of OS X, like 10.11.2. Avoid the beta releases.

  2. junebeetle says:

    The public beta has been released as well. I apologize if you already posted that somewhere… I didn’t see it. Does anyone know if there’s a way to download the beta as a DMG or PKG from Apple’s servers (not pirated copies)? I’ve been copying the PKG’s out of /Library/Updates but I think I missed a couple Yosemite ones and I’d like to get them so my collection is complete. Any ideas? Thanks for always notifying us when the betas come out, I really appreciate it and rely on this website for that :)

  3. nines says:

    10.11.2 latest update froze all emoji and symbols use on my machine, and I absolutely HATE Apple updating stuff automatically, and the WORST is there is NO easy and not aggravating way to COMPLAIN about bugs.

    So you wait some hours or days, depending on the problem, hoping someone online with more tolerance for this insanity will be addressing your problem soon and no matter how good you are at search terms nothing decent shows up.

    So, excuse me, how stable a build is 10.11.2 if something you could do one day is suddenly not doable the next and the only change was a surreptitious update?

    Do you know how long I had to eat popcorn for dinner to pay for this?

    • Dave says:

      I have been told that “engineers” read all comments posted at: Apple.com/feedback.

      • Rhiannon says:

        Yea right. Someone told you a fib, there is no way anyone at Apple campus let alone an Apple engineer is reading the rubbish from the feedback pages. According to Glassdoor, Apple engineers make something like $175,000 a year for software engineering, they aren’t paid the big bucks to read comments and complaints from novice users who can’t figure out how to click a button or why things aren’t working because they’re running beta software that is buggy. If you have ever worked in QA or tech support you know the average bug report or ticket you get from an average user is impressively useless, not that it matters though because even detailed actionable bug reports are routinely ignored by Apple.

        Some low level employee or intern at best is reading those comments. But I’d be surprised if anyone in Cupertino was reading anything in the feedback at all, if they do they sure don’t listen. In reality they’re probably aggregated and generalized by an outsourced IT center in India, like everything else these days since it’s cheap to do that, or maybe just sent to a big spam folder that does nothing. It’s like confessional except nobody is on the other side to say anything, low effort therapy for Apple complaints to make YOU feel good. Nobody reads that stuff.

        Let’s face it, nobody even reads the bug reports from the betas or developer releases, I used to write detailed reports and steps on how to recreate reliably completely ridiculous bugs, and not a single one of them was addressed or fixed. In fact, some bugs I started reporting in iOS 7 still exist today in iOS 9.2, even just the dumbest things like text overlapping buttons in the interface, nobody cares at Apple. It’s all about selling you a new iPhone for $900 and meeting ship deadlines.

        • coconut says:

          Few months ago, I reported a small specific recreatable graphical bug in iTunes (shuffle switch disappearing, reapearing, switching on/off in specific situations), and it was fixed in next version. So I got that nice warm feeling, that i helped to fix something… but after few seconds, i remembered the same exact thing that you said, that nobody has the time to read thousands of feedbacks every week…

    • Rhiannon says:

      Turn off automatic software updates.

      And in the future, never install any updates on Apple products until they’ve been in the wild for a few weeks so the complaints and problems and bugs surface and you’ll know what to expect. Every release these days is a mess, if you like the way your Mac or iPhone works today, don’t update tomorrow, it’s not going to improve anything.

      • nines says:

        Hey, thanks. They hid that in the system preferences under “App Store”… and having finally found it, I took your advice!

        I also discovered today that you can drag the emoji or symbol you want out of the box and onto wherever you want to place it…. Don’t think that’s the way they ought to leave it, and just as cumbersome, or more, than trying to do multiples as before, but better’n a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

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