Apple Releases First macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta for Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the beta to developers and two days after releasing the first version of macOS Sierra to the public.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and macOS Sierra betas. Betas should not be installed on a primary machine due to the potential for instability.

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 appears to focus on bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that have popped up since macOS Sierra was first released. It also includes album support in Photos for the new Portrait feature in iOS 10 on the iPhone 7 Plus.

macOS Sierra is a major update that introduces features like Siri support, cross device copy paste, improved iCloud functionality, the ability to unlock a Mac with the Apple Watch, an Optimize Storage option, and more.

Top Rated Comments

SandboxGeneral Avatar
57 months ago

That's very laudable but why bother? You're effectively an unpaid part-time worker. Cook, Cue and the rest of the VPs award themselves millions of dollars in bonuses every year, while an army of loyal beta testers do valuable work for no reward. Doesn't seem right to me.

An unpaid, part-time worker? I'm perfectly fine with that. If my usage and reports back to Apple in their beta program helps contribute to a better OS for the masses, including yourself, I feel it was time and effort well spent. My reward is knowing that I was able to contribute in a meaningful way towards something that I like and use, and may be of benefit to many others.

Not all rewards and work need to be paid back monetarily.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
57 months ago
Apple's software team is on fire. I really believe they've cracked the major issues of the past.

Just throw some new hardware out there and I think we'll all be happy. :)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
franzdib Avatar
57 months ago
Wow... two whole days of not being on beta (not complaining).
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
blacktape242 Avatar
57 months ago

Is scrolling in safari still choppy with this build?

Seems to be better from what i see
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Sierra is actually quite buggy for me...

It was for me too, so far this release seems to have fixed some of those bugs.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
willrun4fun Avatar
57 months ago
Unlocking with Apple Watch is almost instantaneous now for me on my MBPr13 2013.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mszilard Avatar
57 months ago
Is scrolling in safari still choppy with this build?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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