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Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third OS X 10.11.4 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.3. OS X 10.11.4 has been in testing since January 11.

The fourth OS X 10.11.4 beta, build 15E49a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.

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OS X 10.11.4 offers a couple of new features, such as Live Photos support in Messages, the ability to password protect notes in the Notes app, and an option to import notes from Evernote, but like the recent OS X 10.11.3 update, it appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements. Almost all of Apple's OS X updates to date have been smaller updates that improve performance rather than introduce new features.

We'll update this post with any features or significant changes that are discovered in the third beta of OS X 10.11.4. OS X 10.11.4 is likely to see a spring release alongside iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, and watchOS 2.2.



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11 months ago
I would like Apple to finally start including detailed listing of changes and bug fixes in 10.11.4 once it is released. I am not expecting miracles but the information that Apple has provided for 10.11.1-11.1.3 is seriously lacking to say the least...

Is it really too much to ask given the Apples resources? :(
Rating: 7 Votes
11 months ago
Would love to know if the MacRumors staff is capable of posting one of these without the first two words being "Apple today".
Rating: 6 Votes
11 months ago

Useless. No WiFi Sleep Wake, BTMM, HomeSharing, Powernap, Finder, Slow SMB, Bonjour Problems.

It's all FLUFF no MEAT for Apple these days.


Well, let's see. The BOM mentions, among many other things:

"WiFi Sleep Wake"

Wireless Diagnostics.app
WiFiAgent.app
CoreWLANKit.framework
CoreWiFi.framework

"BTMM"

awdl_d2d.bundle
BTMMPortInUseAgent.plugin

"HomeSharing"

Not sure what you mean by this. In iTunes?

"Powernap"

powermetrics
powerd.bundle
AppleIntelCPUPowerManagement.kext

"Finder"

FinderKit.framework
com.apple.Finder.axbundle
Finder.app
FinderSync.framework

"Slow SMB"

SMBClient.framework
mount_smbfs
smbutil
smbd
smbfs.kext
smb.bundle
smbfs.fs

"Bonjour Problems"

BonjourEvents.plugin
com.apple.bonjour.plugin
mDNSResponder
mDNSResponder.bundle

You're right, though. Clearly, 10.11.4 only contains a new version of Finder for marketing reasons. Useless.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

Focus Areas

* iBooks
* Messages
* Notes
* Photos

Useless. No WiFi Sleep Wake, BTMM, HomeSharing, Powernap, Finder, Slow SMB, Bonjour Problems.

It's all FLUFF no MEAT for Apple these days.
Rating: 5 Votes
11 months ago

('//www.macrumors.com/2016/02/22/apple-seeds-os-x-10-11-4-beta-4/')


Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third OS X 10.11.4 beta ('//www.macrumors.com/2016/02/08/apple-seeds-third-10-11-4-el-capitan-beta/') and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.3 ('//www.macrumors.com/2016/01/19/apple-releases-os-x-10-11-3/'). OS X 10.11.4 has been in testing ('//www.macrumors.com/2016/01/11/apple-seeds-first-osx-10-11-4-beta/') since January 11.

The fourth OS X 10.11.4 beta, build 15E49a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center ('https://developer.apple.com/osx/download/') or via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.



OS X 10.11.4 offers a couple of new features, such as Live Photos support in Messages, the ability to password protect notes in the Notes app, and an option to import notes from Evernote, but like the recent OS X 10.11.3 update, it appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements. Almost all of Apple's OS X updates to date have been smaller updates that improve performance rather than introduce new features.

We'll update this post with any features or significant changes that are discovered in the third beta of OS X 10.11.4. OS X 10.11.4 is likely to see a spring release alongside iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, and watchOS 2.2.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers ('//www.macrumors.com/2016/02/22/apple-seeds-os-x-10-11-4-beta-4/')


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I would like Apple to finally start including detailed listing of changes and bug fixes in 10.11.4 once it is released. I am not expecting miracles but the information that Apple has provided for 10.11.1-11.1.3 is seriously lacking to say the least...

Is it really too much to ask given the Apples resources? :(


Sorry, but an added "Implemented NSA backdoor" just doesn't read so good in the Release Notes...
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago

Useless. No WiFi Sleep Wake, BTMM, HomeSharing, Powernap, Finder, Slow SMB, Bonjour Problems.

It's all FLUFF no MEAT for Apple these days.

First of all, you have absolutely NO proof that no work has been done on areas that interest you, do you?

Secondly, doesn't it take a lot of **** to think that just because you think something is fluff should mean that everyone should consider it the same way? Please. There are issues in those apps that you hate that many love and need that need to be addressed, despite your irrational dismissal of those apps. I will just never understand the mentality of many of those who post here. It's already almost impossible to extract useful information from the childishness and fluff that pervades these forums.
Rating: 4 Votes
11 months ago
Anyone having issues with the system completely freezing for 10-60 seconds when closing YouTube tabs in Safari? It's related to GPU switching, so it only applies to dual GPU machines such as the 15 inch MacBook Pro.
Sure hope this fixes that, because it's been 3 versions now and they still haven't addressed this.
Rating: 3 Votes
11 months ago
Please, please, please, be the addition of the full screen location map view in Photos, like it was in iPhoto.
Rating: 3 Votes
11 months ago

Why not Mail? Mail.app needs a lot of focus having so much serious problems! When will Apple fix it?

What problems are you having?


Spotlight consumes way too much resources and its not reliable (trouble started in 10.9, much worse in 10.10-10.11).


I think there is a high correlation between the two of these, and it might go a long way to having folks like Steve121178 understand the situation better. Mail post-10.9 uses Spotlight, I THINK, to handle mailbox views. Corruption in Spotlight data means Mail fails…badly. Users don't get new mail, don't get new mail in a timely manner, don't SEE any mail at all for long durations of time when switching mailboxes, etc. And the Rebuild Mailboxes typical troubleshooting doesn't work. The problems just come back. It wasn't until I started clearing Spotlight data on drives of affected users that I saw improvement. But it is always temporary.

Many posters here and on other sites point fingers at Google…or the number of IMAP accounts…or the number of mail messages…or the size of the mail store…or…or…or…they just keep pointing fingers. Mail still, after 3 years, is fundamentally broken. I'm glad for you if works fine for you, great. But I've seen too many clients frustrated to the point of moving back to Outlook (or worse for us all, Outlook on Windows) with Mail…I've had to deal with Mail's problems first hand as a consultant, they're real. Maybe a lot of people don't rely on email anymore, whatever (I don't buy that, but whatever), however there is a large, moneyed segment of the business computing market that does. Apple's inability to remedy these core issues has been very detrimental. I've seen it. Personally, I don't have the issues, I count my self lucky. Yet mail does spit fairly unhelpful stuff occasionally into logs; that the errors are so vague make them unhelpful, though gives me the impression that character encoding or parsing issues (like malformed dates?) might be causing Spotlight cache corruption…which leads to broken mailbox viewing.

But even past that, I have filed more than a dozen bugs against Mail, for various issues from performance to UX to feature enhancements. Some of those bugs are nearly 5 years old. Most have been closed as duplicate or "engineering is aware and following". None have been fixed. Not one. And none of my afflicted clients, some of whom have upgraded from Mac OS 10.8 to 10.11 in hopes of resolution, have yet gotten a mail app that simply displays their mail properly and as expected. (ironically, we've determined that iOS Mail doesn't suffer from the issues, at least not as detrimentally; one client sits at his desk, in front of his iMac, with an iPad Air to do his email. This man has spend more than $30,000 on Apple gear for his firm in the past 5 years…can't get mail to work right on his iMac. Think about that.) I can watch Mail, via Activity, from a fresh Mac OS 10.11.3 install reading several IMAP/Gmail IMAP accounts and see the mailbox-checking threads CROSSING threads and threads getting stuck in mailbox re-entry loops (the Spam box loop is especially funny to watch…because WHO CARES??). This isn't good code, folks. It is spaghetti, a rat's nest. And it is absolutely unacceptable.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 months ago

CMD-C, then ALT-CMD-V does the same as your CMD-X + CMD-V for files. Yes, it is different than Windows, and so you may not be happy. But the logic is that "cutting" a file makes no sense, given on Windows the file doesn't actually get "cut", as it still is there. So Apple made a copy and move feature instead. Different, but not that difficult to learn.

Folders on top I can't help you with. As I've never used Windows, I haven't missed it. Or needed it.


It's not asking a whole lot for apple to add a simple option here:



They've got a slew of other USELESS keyboard shortcut commands, but the one that so many people have been begging for have been completely neglected.

Pathetic. Absolutely PATHETIC from Apple.

As for folders on top, you may not know it, but it is very useful. You'd notice if you have hundreds of files mixed with folders.
Rating: 2 Votes

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