Apple releases the first developer betas of iOS 15.5 and macOS 12.4
Following the release of iOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 last month, Apple has now seeded the first developer betas of iOS 15.5 and macOS Monterey 12.4. These versions could be the last major ones for iOS 15 and macOS Monterey — as WWDC22 is around the corner. At this point, the company is likely smoothing out leftover bugs, while it shifts its attention to the upcoming iOS 16 and macOS 13.
To update your devices to the latest beta versions of their respective operating systems, you need to be enrolled in Apple’s Developer Program. It’s an annual subscription that costs $99 per year and includes other perks — such as submitting apps to the Apple App Store. After enrolling, you have to download the beta profiles on each of your devices through Safari. Using another browser won’t work. Once you download and install the profiles, go to the Software Update settings as you would normally do.
What’s new in iOS 15.5 beta 1
The first beta of iOS 15.5 mostly focuses on under-the-hood changes and prepares for upcoming features.
Apple Classical references
We’ve been hearing about Apple’s anticipated Classical music streaming app for a while now. The company acquired Primephonic last year, shut it down, and promised to release a standalone music app that revolves around the Classical genre. iOS 15.5 beta 1 includes references to this app, as highlighted in the tweet below.
Apple Classical References in the Music app. “Open in Apple Classical” “Open this in the new app designed for classical music.” “A Shortcut to Apple Classical” pic.twitter.com/1KgTxbOTmK
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) April 5, 2022
Apple Cash buttons
In the Wallet app, there are now two new buttons under the Apple Cash card. These allow you to quickly request or send money through the Apple Cash card.
Universal Control limitations
Apple mentions in its Release Notes that Universal Control on iPadOS 15.5 beta 1 is incompatible with that of macOS Monterey 12.3. To use this continuity feature, you will have to update your Mac to macOS 12.4 beta 1 or downgrade your iPad to iOS 15.4.
We advise users not to run iOS 15.5 beta and macOS Monterey 12.4 beta on their daily drivers. That’s because some apps and/or features might not work as expected or even break completely. You can read Apple’s official Release Notes to learn about some of the known bugs and fixes in iOS 15.5 beta 1.
Are you enrolled in Apple’s beta software program? Let us know in the comments section below.