OS X 10.11.5 Beta 3, tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3, Released for Testing

Apr 27, 2016 - 13 Comments

Mac and iOS devices

Apple has released OS X 10.11.5 beta 3, tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3, watchOS 2.2.1 beta 3, along with a new Safari Technology Preview build for Mac users.

Additionally, Apple has released the public beta builds of iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 which was initially released yesterday for developers only.


No new features are expected in the beta releases, which look to primarily focus on bug fixes and improving the existing experience in Mac OS X, tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and Safari Tech Preview.

Those who are enrolled in the respective beta testing programs can find the appropriate downloads available now through the devices software update mechanism. Users can also choose to download the latest available beta versions from the respective Apple Developer websites.

OS X 10.11.5

Safari tech Preview

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3

There is no known timeline for final versions of OS X 10.11.5, tvOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3.2, or watchOS 2.2.1 to be released to the public, but Apple usually goes through a multitude of beta builds before issuing the final version of system software.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in News

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  1. William says:

    I get the feeling Apple staggers these releases so they can consume press and generate hype. But the problem is that the software quality is terrible. No amount of hype or press helps terrible software quality. The public beta process has contributed nothing to the stability or quality of their software releases.

    No wonder Apple sales are down, consumers are learning that you spend a small fortune on Apple products but the software is so bad that your ‘investment’ ends up being a hassle that is soon turned useless by low quality software updates they ram down your throat.

  2. Chris Quirk says:

    Maybe I smell trolls, ‘William’ and ‘Blue’. Explain “software quality is terrible”, etc. Bold sweeping statements, or are you both experts on Mac software support?

    I suspect the millions of happy Mac users may disagree.

    Me? Using and supporting Macs for well on thirty years in ways you couldn’t even imagine. You?

    Have you even got a Mac?

    • Ralphy says:

      I think you are correct Chris. I have used Apple Computers, Apple Software, and Apple Accessories for many years (started with them around 1985). Windows has always been behind on functionality and hasn’t really developed a reasonable user inter face yet (When you want to stop you click “Start”) which makes sense. I love El Capitan, and am looking to the next iteration as well as anticipating the next major 10.12. Wonder what the name will be.

  3. Laguna Hiker says:

    I’ll have to go with Chris Quirk on this one. Terrible software? El Cap is comparable to Windows ME? Not in my experience, and I suffered through Windows ME, as well as Vista and Windows 8.

    Folks, if you have specific complaints about Apple software, make them. Otherwise, go back under your bridge.

  4. Andreas says:

    Enrolled into the beta program (again) still can’t get any beta updates. My app store has been broken since osx daily had some tips about fixing the app store :P

  5. DocR says:

    Since Tim Cook has taken over Apple the company has produced some of the worst products in Apple history. The company has also seen one update after the other causing nothing but problems just look at the last iOS update. The number of security patches are also starting to resemble windows. Tim needs to leave Apple and focus on LGBT. He can start by donating say 50% of his net worth leaving him with a standard of living greater than 95% of Americans.

  6. Sebby says:

    Well, I’ve been using Yosemite all this while. I hope 10.12 will actually be an improvement. El Cap fixed some issues but introduced very many others. VoiceOver, which I can’t live without, is simply too flaky and I’ve had no other option but to downgrade to make it work satisfactorily. There are other glitches too, which add up, like the jittery Safari, the ever-required sign-ins, the non-opening windows at restart, the management failures, and other silliness. And yes, it was a completely clean install. So, for me at least, the trolls are correct. Indeed, at this time, as with the past couple of years or so, I really am considering going back to Windows, 8.1 with Classic Shell, which I know actually works.

  7. Kent says:

    Is anyone having their mac refuse to log in after installing this update?

    • Matt says:

      I have not seen that problem. Try rebooting with the Shift key held down (safe mode) and see if you can log in that way, it could be a kernel extension or some third party app that is causing the problem on launch. You could also try creating a new user account and logging into that, if that one works, it’s an issue with the first (primary) user account and you should sort around in the launch items folders and remove third party kernel extensions, it will probably fix it.

      What happens with the Mac, does the login screen get stuck? Won’t accept the password? Freeze on boot?

  8. sebastien says:

    Anyone else having a freezing issue when starting a video in safari since this beta 3 ?

    • Larry says:

      Safari freezes up the entire Mac and the Mac freezes and crashes in 10.11.4 and 10.11.5, at random, but often. Apple doesn’t seem to be interested in fixing the new bug they introduced. Software quality is a toilet.

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