Beta 3 of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2, iOS 10.2, tvOS 10.1 Released

Nov 14, 2016 - 11 Comments

Apple beta system software

Apple has released the third beta versions of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2, iOS 10.2, and tvOS 10.1.

The new betas of system software include enhancements like a variety of new Emoji icons, and iOS 10.2 will include more visibly obvious Shuffle and Repeat buttons in the Music app. Other subtle features and refinements are to be expected as well.

Typically new system software updates also include many bug fixes, which should help to remedy some of the trouble with Sierra experienced by some groups of users.

Users who are participating in the beta testing programs can download and update to macOS Sierra 10.12.2 beta 3, iOS 10.2 beta 3, tvOS 10.1 beta 3 through their respective mechanisms.

There is no known timeline for the final versions of MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 and iOS 10.2 being made available to the public, but Apple typically goes through multiple beta versions before unveiling a final release to the wider public.

The most recent final versions of system software available remain MacOS Sierra 10.12.1 and iOS 10.1.1.


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  1. Sebby says:

    I’m still on Yosemite. When time allows, I’ll try again to upgrade to Sierra, and I’ll use the latest beta so I can report bugs on it. But last time, VoiceOver, management, and networking were still borked, and there seemed little chance of any of those things getting meaningful fixes.

    I disagree that the complainers have been complaining for all time. Sure, there have always been complaints of one kind or another, and there were ups and downs under Jobs, but there is a marked decrease in the quality of Mac OS X releases in recent time. I think the downturn began in earnest with later versions of Mountain Lion. Then, it seemed to me, Apple had given up on the Mac. Mavericks was the proof–like El Cap, it gave only the appearance of stability, but it was glitchy under the hood and first-party additions were rough and unfinished. Yosemite, which I am now using, is simply the earliest I can use on this machine, and is only now acceptable after five point-releases during which very many bugs, that I have reported, never got fixed.

  2. junebeetle says:

    With every release comes complaints about it being buggy and unusable, and how Apple is getting worse every minute, and how this never would have happened if Steve Jobs were still alive…

    1. It’s beta software. It’s not perfect. Wait until .1 or .2 before updating if you’re worried about it. There’s a reason why they say not to use it on a production system and to make backups.

    2. I’m usually on the latest beta release, and my MacBook has never become “unusable”. Sure, the occasional superficial glitch, or I might have to reboot now and then, but it’s very stable overall.

    3. Go back to that old version like you threatened, and realize how much you miss the little features and performance improvements in the recent versions.

  3. Kris says:

    I’ve rolled back to El Capitan.. with MacOS sierra, automounting of NAS drives is failing. It’s a documented problem. Have they fixed it in the newer betas?

    • caron says:

      I also rolled back to El Captain, Sierra is so problematic it’s unusable. 10.12.2 is no better, just adds new emoji for the teenagers.

      I don’t know what Apple is doing anymore. We are in for a rough ride.

      • Harry says:

        You know what would be nice?

        If when people claim that is “unusable”, that they actually elaborate on what the problem is.

        Have you noticed how every new release is “unusable” according to many, and they’ve had to roll back to the earlier version? Plenty of people said that El Cap was unusable and had to go back to Yosemite, that Yosemite was unusable and they had to go back to Mavericks, that Mavericks was just awful and they had to go back to Mountain Lion, etc. etc. etc.

        Mac OS Sierra runs just fine for us in our household on a 15″ 2013 Retina MBP and 13″ 2014 Retina MBP. Apple test their releases more than ever and actually have fewer issues than ever.

        Having said that, I do not deny that there are bugs. Perhaps you are affected by one in which case that is very annoying for you and I hope it’s fixed soon.

        But, try stating what the problem actually is next time. Perhaps someone will be able to help?

        • Comrade Apple says:

          Yes Harry, thank you for speaking The Truth.

          Harry is right. Mac OS Sierra is the best.

          Sierra is the best Mac OS ever made, it is the most stable. It is the best. There are no bugs, it is perfection perfected. It is the perfect of operating systems, released by The Genius Perfect Corporation, Apple. It is the best Mac release ever. There are no problems and there are no issues. The anti-Appleists claims saying otherwise are from agitators and protesters egged on by the anti-Apple biased media. Apple is perfection, Sierra is the best.

          All Hail Apple! Long Live Sierra!!

          • Harry says:

            Try reading my comment again, to the end. Please point out where I said that Sierra is perfect (Hint: I didn’t).

            I note that neither Caron nor you have specified any problems. What exactly is it that is not working for you?

          • Guy P says:

            Have you tried Photos on SIerra ?
            Every year I am making a new calendar and did fine.
            This year, Photos on sierra is buggy, had to redo the whole calendar 3 times. Have to close the app and come back in, in order to continue.
            does anyone had problems with Photos ??

  4. plonkers says:

    Whoo: More Emoji icons

  5. Carbs Dundee says:

    Would be nice if the software slowed down and was less buggy.

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