Apple squashes bugs with releases of iOS 10.3.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.6, tvOS 10.2.2, watchOS 3.2.3 [u]

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Apple on Wednesday issued minor updates for all four of its major platforms, addressing bugs and patching potential security holes in iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. [Updated with iTunes 12.6.2 release]
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iOS 10.3.3, watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and macOS Sierra 10.12.6 are now available

Today is one of those days in which Apple releases a new update for every single operating system in its stable. We’re talking about iOS, watchOS, tvOS, as well as macOS, so regardless of which Apple device you have, an update is likely waiting for you in the relevant section of the OS as you read this. iOS 10.3.3 brings with it bug fixes and performance enhancements, as well as better stability all-round. No new features are in this time around. The story is similar for watchOS 3.2.3, which can be installed on your Apple Watch through the Watch app on iPhone. Unsurprisingly, tvOS…

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Apple Seeds iOS 10.3.3 Beta 6 to Developers and Testers

Apple on Wednesday seeded a new beta version of iOS — but it wasn’t for iOS 11. Instead, the company has released the sixth beta of iOS 10.3.3 to public beta testers and registered Apple developers, just about a week after releasing the previous beta version of the software.

iOS 10.3.3 is itself a minor update that introduces bug fixes, security improvements and other under-the-hood enhancements. No notable outward-facing changes or major bug fixes have been discovered in the first five beta versions of iOS 10.3.3 (with one exception), so it’s likely beta 6 is similarly an incremental update. Today’s release is a little over a month after the final rollout of iOS 10.3.2, another incremental update that managed to squash around 23 bugs. And it’s about a month after Apple’s latest and greatest, iOS 11, was unveiled on June 5 at WWDC ’17.

As far as why there have been so many beta updates for iOS 10.3.3, Apple is likely working to get the OS to be as close to perfect as possible. The company is presumably shifting its focus to developing iOS 11 — which is also being beta tested — so iOS 10.3.3 stands to be the last update to iOS 10. Essentially, this means that iOS 10.3.3 will be the last update that older 32-bit iPhones and iPads will be able to run, since iOS 11 nixes support for any device that doesn’t pack a 64-bit chip. With these older devices, like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, about to be left behind, it makes sense that Apple is polishing the last update they can download as much as it can.

iOS 10.3.3 beta 6 is currently available as an over-the-air update for both public beta testers and registered Apple developers, provided that the proper configuration profile is installed. It’s also available via the registered developer or public beta tester portals. Currently, there’s no word as to when the final iOS 10.3.3 release will be available to the general public.

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