Public Beta Versions of OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3 Released for Testing

Jan 14, 2016 - 8 Comments

OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3

Apple has released the first public beta versions of both OS X 10.11.4 and iOS 9.3, two point release updates that include some notable new features. The beta releases are the same as the recently unveiled developer betas of the same OS versions, and can be downloaded now by users who are enrolled in the iOS and OS X public beta testing programs.

OS X 10.11.4 public beta 1 includes support for Live Photos in the Messages app, secured Notes, as well as compatibility with iOS 9.3.

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iOS 9.3 public beta 1 includes support for password protected Notes app, a flux-like NightShift mode (related; you can side load a similar app onto prior iOS versions with Xcode called GammaThingy), support for multiple users in educational environments, and a variety of new 3D Touch shortcuts.

iOS 9.3

Any user can choose to enroll in the public beta testing programs, but be forewarned that beta system software is notoriously buggy and can lead to a less than desirable experience. Thus, running beta software is really only recommended for advanced users, or for secondary non-essential hardware.

Separately, a minor update to the developer release of iOS 9.3 beta is available versioned as “1.1”, presumably bringing it up to the same build number as iOS 9.3 public beta 1.

iOS 9.3 beta 1.1

Apple typically goes through multiple beta versions of system software before releasing it to the general public, and there is no known public timeline for iOS 9.3 or OS X 10.11.4. Some speculation suggests that both final versions could arrive late next month or in early March, possibly alongside hardware updates.

iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 are the most recently available public versions of system software available for Apple hardware.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Mac OS, News


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  1. Gruuuvy says:

    I would be on iOS beta but all I get is a server error 500 when clicking download profile; 10.11.4 running smooth and silky on Air and very glad keyboard light came back with this update or how else was I to input login credentials in the dard??

  2. O Guerrinho says:

    iOS 9.3.
    I noticed the installation requested to temporarily uninstalled an app in order to be able to install this update

  3. Alex says:


    What happened with OS X 10.11.3?

  4. Crashy McBugBug says:

    I’m already running iOS 9.2 public beta and OS X 10.11.2 public beta, it’s actually the final versions but it’s still beta as we all know.

    Apple software is perpetual beta, these ‘beta’ releases are really alpha releases, and the ones they release as ‘final’ are the real betas. We all know it, that’s why everything is so bugged out.

    Crash. Bug. Crash. Bug.

    • BuffyzDead says:

      your comment is a Huge Fail/Troll

      I have been running Public Beta on two Macs,
      an iPhone 6s and an iPad Air 2,
      Without any real issue whatsoever.

      “occasionally” (it is beta), I’ll see a small issue, but that is why I provide feedback, as a Beta Tester

      99.9999% of the time….extremely stable and solid.

    • Yer Mama says:

      Crashy, you are a squirt I should have made your daddy blow onto my thigh. I regret everyday that I had you.

      • Linuxpro says:

        Grow up.

        He is right. I keep checking back hopeing that one day things will change, but so far Apple only has shown interest in adding features, rather than fixing problems.

        I am running Linux because OS-X is so bad.

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