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Apple seeds first developer betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS Monterey, and tvOS 15

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Apple released the first developer betas for its new operating system releases after the online WWDC 2021 opening keynote. This will allow developers a first look at some of the features and apps announced on the virtual stage and allows them to make sure that their apps run without any bugs before the OS is released to the general public.

The developer betas for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, macOS Monterey and tvOS 15 are all available for download via the Apple Development Center. Future updates are typically provided as over-the-air updates on enrolled devices. Apple has stated in the keynote address that it will release a public beta this July.

iOS 15 offers new enhancement to the way we communicate with major improvements to FaceTime and Messages. It also adds machine learning leveraging its neural engine to perform Live Text Optical Recognition. It also introduced new Focus modes as well as improvements to the Apple Maps, digital ID with the Wallet app and a revamped Weather app.

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iPadOS 15 brings forth updates to multi-tasking and how we interact with our iPad. It brings Home Screen widget and App Library for the first time. Swift Playgrounds have been revamped to enable app development and submission to the App Store. It also brought the translate app and introduced a system-wide way of taking notes with Quick Note.

watchOS 8 adds Tai Chi and Pilates workouts. The Sleep app tracks respiratory rate while sleeping.

macOS Monterey gains Shortcuts from iOS and an updated Safari that introduces a new way to group your tabs and have it instantly sync across all your devices. It brings Universal Control that allows you to control multiple Apple devices with just one keyboard and mouse. It is a great update to the already great Handoff feature.

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You may see more of the various new features on our WWDC roundup. We strongly recommend users against installing the betas on their primary devices as beta versions can cause data loss or other issues.

We will continue to update you with the latest developments on the various Apple Operating Systems.

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