MacOS Monterey Beta 10, iOS 15.1 Beta 4 Released for Testing

Oct 13, 2021 - Leave a Comment

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, MacOS Monterey public betas

Apple has released new beta versions of macOS Monterey, iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, and tvOS 15.1. MacOS Monterey is beta 10, while the others are beta 4.

It’s assumed that macOS Monterey will receive a launch date at the October 18 Apple Event, and likely arrive finalized soon after that. iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 may be finalized at the same time as well, as Apple often releases OS updates concurrently.


MacOS Monterey beta 10 continues to tweak the Safari 15 interface, including new Safari tab grouping features, a redesigned Safari appearance with tab and window coloring and obfuscated tab controls, Live Text allowing for text selection in images, FaceTime grid view, FaceTime screen sharing support with SharePlay, Quick Notes, Low Power Mode for Mac Laptops, Shortcuts on Mac, Universal Control for controlling multiple Macs and iPads with a single keyboard and mouse, along with changes to other built-in apps like Photos, Podcasts, Music, Messages, Notes, and more.

macOS Monterey beta 10 can be downloaded from  Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update by any user enrolled in the beta programs.

iOS 15.1 beta 4 and iPadOS 15.1 beta 4 include bug fixes and small changes, along with a macro mode toggle for iPhone 13 Pro users, FaceTime screen sharing support, and a vaccine card system supporting Covid-19 shot card passes in Health app. Some lingering issues with iOS 15 will likely be resolved as well.

iOS 15.1 beta 4 and iPadOS 15.1 beta 4 is available via Settings > General > Software Update for all users enrolled in the beta testing program.

iOS 15.1 beta

If you no longer wish to receive beta updates, you can leave the beta program for iOS 15 or iPadOS 15, doing so allows you to update to the final version of system software when it becomes available. Generally it’s not a good idea to remove the beta profile in the middle of a beta release period, since you may be stuck on a buggier version than a future beta offers.

Apple TV and Apple Watch beta testers can download the tvOS and watchOS betas via their Settings apps as usual.

It’s widely assumed that macOS Monterey will get an official launch date during the Apple Event on October 18. Previously, Apple has said macOS Monterey will be released in the fall.

iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1 are also likely to be finalized in the not distant future, once the beta testing period has completed for them.

The latest stable builds of system software are currently iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2, watchOS 8, tvOS 15, and macOS Big Sur 11.6 with Safari 15 for Mac.

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