MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 Beta 6 Released for Testing

Dec 8, 2016 - 6 Comments

MacOS Sierra

Apple has released the sixth beta build of macOS Sierra 10.12.2 to users participating in the beta testing programs.

Anyone running a prior beta build of MacOS 10.12.2 can find the latest beta available now from the Software Update mechanism of the App Store.

MacOS Sierra 10.12.2 is expected to include new Emoji icons, a few new wallpapers, minor feature adjustments, and various bug fixes (perhaps addressing some of the problems in this list encountered by select groups of users).

While no public timeline is known for when the final version of MacOS 10.12.2 is to be released, Apple typically goes through multiple beta builds before releasing a final version to the public. This could suggest that MacOS 10.12.2 could debut as soon as next week.

Separately, iOS 10.2 beta 7 is also available, suggesting that iOS 10.2 final will also be made available to the public soon as Apple often releases software updates to their operating systems in tandem.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in News


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  1. Chris says:

    I have a MacBook Pro 15in Mid 2010, Model ID MacBookPro6,2 Model Number A1286.
    After upgrading to macOS 10.12.2 last night (Dec 14) from the App store (no mention that this was a beta so I assumed it was a public release!) Safari no longer appears to work. Clicking on any bookmark link results in no page download.
    No blue bar appears in the page address field.
    I have cleared all history. No change.
    I have unchecked all proxy settings in Network preferences, but to no effect.
    Startup in safe mode makes no difference.
    Firefox, most recent release 50.1.0, is working fine, so what is wrong?
    Can you help?

    I am writing this on an iMac running OSX 10.6.8 with absolutely NO issues!
    Apple’s silence when things go wrong is worrying.
    Kind regards

  2. Populus says:

    Many thanks Paul for your concern. And for the solutions you provided on your last post:

    I used that feature too, a lot, that’s why many of us are pissed off by this move, an ugly move Apple made in the worst moment.

    Keep up the good work Paul, I’ve been reading this site for quite a lot of years, and it’s a pleasure.

  3. Populus says:

    One question, regarding this sixth beta of macOS 10.12.2: Is it true that Apple has removed in this beta the ability to see the remaining time on battery, by clicking on the battery icon on the menu bar? I’ve read they did so in order to ‘solve’ the problem of the new MacBook Pro battery life issues…

    Maybe they just trolled me, I hope so, I don’t want to lose the ability of seeing how much time do I have on battery if I keep doing what I’m doing.

    • James says:

      Yes, they were trolling you…

      • Populus says:

        Well, it seems they were NOT trolling me, after all… macOS 10.12.2 removes the ability to check remaining time from the battery menu:

        • Paul says:

          I do not understand the logic to removing the battery life indicator, it has been around for 15 years since the debut of Mac OS X and prior versions of Mac OS also included a similar battery life indicator.

          Stay tuned, we’ll look into finding a way to bring this back as I use it all of the time as I’m sure many other MacBook users do as well. Even if it’s not always accurate, it can be helpful in offering a general idea of how your usage is impacting battery expectations.

          Hopefully a future MacOS software update will return the feature.

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