Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.6 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update to developers, one day after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.5, a minor update that introduced a fix for a bug with USB headphones and other small improvements.

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or using the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

012 macos sierra 970 80
We don't know yet what's included in the macOS Sierra 10.12.6 update, but with the debut of the next-generation version of macOS approaching, it's likely to feature minor bug fixes, improvements, and security enhancements.

Development of macOS is wrapping up as Apple transitions to macOS 10.13, which will be introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Related Forum: macOS Sierra

Top Rated Comments

redscull Avatar
75 months ago
MacRumors:
Seems Apple releases these betas and whatnot for all the OSs at the same time. Do we really need 4+ stories when they do this? It just scrolls your other content off the page faster. Why can't you wrap up all the release bits into one post for all OSs?

Better yet, would you consider a new "page" for these frequent version release stories? Not only would that declutter the main and secondary news pages, but a page dedicated to version release changes (essentially a patch log) would be nice and concise for perusing and discussing the evolution of mac features on the different platforms.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jclo Avatar
75 months ago
MacRumors:
Seems Apple releases these betas and whatnot for all the OSs at the same time. Do we really need 4+ stories when they do this? It just scrolls your other content off the page faster. Why can't you wrap up all the release bits into one post for all OSs?

Better yet, would you consider a new "page" for these frequent version release stories? Not only would that declutter the main and secondary news pages, but a page dedicated to version release changes (essentially a patch log) would be nice and concise for perusing and discussing the evolution of mac features on the different platforms.
I write these posts ahead of time so we can let you guys know as soon as a new beta is up. I can't combo them simply because they don't always come out at the same time. A new page isn't an option right now, but putting all minor beta updates on the blog is something we can consider.

I realize some people don't care for the beta posts, especially when they focus on minor changes, but a lot of people are interested in knowing when a new beta is out and discussing any possible changes.

We're coming up on iOS 11, macOS 10.13, and other new software releases, so beta posts will soon get a lot more exciting.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WildCowboy Avatar
75 months ago
MacRumors:
Seems Apple releases these betas and whatnot for all the OSs at the same time. Do we really need 4+ stories when they do this? It just scrolls your other content off the page faster. Why can't you wrap up all the release bits into one post for all OSs?

Better yet, would you consider a new "page" for these frequent version release stories? Not only would that declutter the main and secondary news pages, but a page dedicated to version release changes (essentially a patch log) would be nice and concise for perusing and discussing the evolution of mac features on the different platforms.
In addition to what Juli said, we also separate them out so that the forum discussion threads can be focused on each release rather than a jumble. We know it's a flood of stories all at once most times, and we've tried to minimize it a bit by keeping iOS and macOS on the front page while we put watchOS and tvOS on the blog. We can start putting macOS on the blog again, but we've gotten complaints in the past about that making the Mac a second-class citizen and an example of the downfall of Apple and MacRumors. ;)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redheeler Avatar
75 months ago
Why can't you wrap up all the release bits into one post for all OSs?
There are those, like myself, that only run MacOS betas or only run iOS betas and don't want to scroll though off-topic posts in this thread that discuss the other. For me it's MacOS, which is why I'm here instead of the iOS article thread. So I'm fine with the separate articles, even prefer it.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kissmo Avatar
75 months ago
Well, maybe this time it will be macOS 11
Just a feeling or call it a hunch - when Apple releases macOS 11 - it will be the end of Steve's touches on the Mac.
I just got this shiver...

I am not saying it's bad, I am only saying it might feel as a goodbye to an era for the Mac.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redscull Avatar
75 months ago
I realize some people don't care for the beta posts, especially when they focus on minor changes, but a lot of people are interested in knowing when a new beta is out and discussing any possible changes.
I appreciate you taking the time to listen and respond.

I agree that even the less interesting betas are still news worth posting [on some page]. I didn't want to advocate them disappearing entirely. It's just the plastering of multiple stories at once that gets in the way. Too bad we can't have a new patch log page. Not just because of feeling the non-major releases aren't front page worthy, but also because I think it'd make the release posts more interesting to view them with readily accessible historical context.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Multi Display CarPlay 1

Apple Launching All-New CarPlay Experience Later This Year With These 5 Features

Sunday January 29, 2023 10:15 am PST by
In June 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, promising deeper integration with vehicle functions like A/C and FM radio, support for multiple displays across the dashboard, personalization options, and more. Apple says the first vehicles with support for the next-generation CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with committed automakers including Acura, Audi,...
dewey airtag

Report Highlights Danger of Using AirTags for Tracking Dogs

Monday January 30, 2023 1:45 pm PST by
AirTags may be a convenient way for tracking dogs that might get off leash or otherwise lost, but there are dangers associated with the practice, as outlined by a report from The Wall Street Journal. At 1.26 inches in diameter, AirTags are able to fit easily on a dog's collar, but that size also makes the tracking devices small enough to swallow, at least for a medium to large-sized dog, and ...
maxresdefault

Kuo: Apple to Release Foldable iPad With Carbon Fiber Kickstand in 2024

Monday January 30, 2023 12:55 am PST by
Apple will launch a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand sometime next year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In a series of tweets, Kuo said he expects an "all-new design foldable iPad" to be the next big product launch in the iPad lineup, with no other major iPad releases in the next nine to 12 months. The analyst said he...
tim cook data privacy day

Apple Violated U.S. Labor Laws With Anti-Leak Email

Monday January 30, 2023 3:43 pm PST by
Apple violated United States labor laws when it sent out an email warning employees about leaking confidential information about the company, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said today in a ruling shared by Bloomberg. Rules that Apple has established around leaks "tend to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees" from the exercise of their rights under the National Labor...
top stories 28jan2023

Top Stories: iOS 16.3 Released, iPhone 15 Pro Rumors, macOS Tips and Tricks, and More

Saturday January 28, 2023 6:00 am PST by
Following last week's hardware announcements, this week saw the actual release of several of the new products as well as operating system updates bringing new features and bug fixes across Apple's platforms. This week also saw some fresh rumors about the iPhone 15 lineup and Apple's upcoming AR/VR headset, while we shared some tips to help you get the most of your macOS experience, so read...
iphone 15 pro wifi 6e

Internal Apple Document From Leaker 'Unknownz21' Confirms Wi-Fi 6E Will Be Limited to iPhone 15 Pro Models

Friday January 27, 2023 10:01 am PST by
Multiple rumors have suggested that the next-generation iPhone 15 models will adopt the Wi-Fi 6E standard that Apple has already introduced in the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, and now a leaked document appears to confirm Apple's plans. Sourced from researcher and Apple leaker Unknownz21 (@URedditor), the document features diagrams of the iPhone 15's antenna architecture. D8x refers to the...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

iPhone 15 Pro Rumored to Have These 8 Features

Friday January 27, 2023 2:11 pm PST by
Apple's next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to be announced in September as usual. Already, rumors suggest the devices will have at least eight exclusive features not available on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. An overview of the eight features rumored to be exclusive to iPhone 15 Pro models:A17 chip: iPhone 15 Pro models will be equipped with an A17...