The Apple news and rumors for Monday, February 22 isn’t all good. The latest updates to the iOS 9.3 beta include more indications that the Apple Pencil’s lost functionality is going to be permanent. In addition, new betas have dropped for developers for tvOS 9.2, watchOS 2.2, el Capitan OSX 10.11.4, and more. Find out how to get the fourth betas and what changes they’re bringing to Apple products.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Apple Pencil May Not Be So Great Anymore
This is pretty much the worst in today’s news and rumors. A lot of the functionality that went along with the Apple Pencil si quickly disappearing as new betas are released for developers. iPad users are used to using the Pencil for navigation, just like a finger, MacRumors reported. It’s been used to tap on buttons, select text, scroll, access apps and menus, swipe, and edit non-drawing apps. But a lot of this is going away. iOS 9.3 betas have been taking away a lot of functionality and developers thought it was a bug. But it’s not going away.
Here are some things the Apple Pencil hasn’t been able to do since the beta updates started rolling in:
- Selecting and manipulating text
- Editing videos in iMovie for iOS, such as cutting videos with the Pencil
- Audio editing
According to MacRumors, a source form Apple hinted that this isn’t a bug, but a decision within the company.
There’s still time for the changes to be fixed, but beta testers are worried about what this could mean.
2. Fourth Beta for OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Is Available
The fourth El Capitan beta is available to developers, MacRumors reported. This new version of El Capitan will have features like password protecting notes, Live Photos support in Messages and importing notes from Evernote. This most recent beta fixes some bugs and performance issues. Some testers reported not being sure how to import notes from Evernote. According to the MacRumors forum, you would export Evernote as .enex and the choose “Import Notes” in Notes. 9to5 Mac has more details here.
This fourth beta, called build 15E49a, can be downloaded through the Mac App Store’s Software Update feature or through the Apple Developer Center here.
3. Fourth Beta for iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Is Ready for Download
The fourth beta of iOS 9.3 is available for developers. The completed 9.3, expected to be available around mid-March with Apple’s new event, will include a new Night Shift mode for easier evening reading, a Note app with a password unlockable with a fingerprint reader, more capability for 3D Touch, and iBooks on iOS syncing PDFs through iCloud. Verizon customers will also be able to use Wifi calling, 9to5 Mac reported.
This beta fixes bug and makes general improvements. You can access it through Software Update or via Apple’s official developer portal. It’s called “build 13E5214d.”
4. Fourth Beta for watchOS 2.2 Ready
A new beta for watchOS 2.2 is also ready. When the new OS is used with iOS 9.3 on an iPhone, a user can pair multiple Apple watches to one phone and automatically switch among them, 9to5 Mac reported.
In addition, this new beta had a revamped Apple Maps app and glance for better pairing with iPhones. The new Maps app also has a “Nearby” search powered by Yelp, 9to5 Mac reported.
MacRumors reported that you can get the fourth beta through an iPhone running the iOS 9.3 beta. Go to the iPhone’s Watch app and then General — Software Update. The Apple Watch must have at least 50 percent battery to install and it must be on a charger and in range of the iPhone.
The new beta is called “13V5129c.”
5. Fourth Beta for tvOS 9.2 Is Now Here
In its big package of fourth betas, Apple also released one for its tvOS 9.2, called “13Y5210d.”
tvOS 9.2 is going to run on fourth-generation Apple TVs and will have a built-in App store. The new beta helps bring more support to bluetooth keyboards, MacRumors reported, and supports grouping apps into folders on the Home screen. Support for dictation on the Apple TV is also coming along nicely, so users can speak and spell words rather than type them. Siri will also be able to search the App Store apps.
One item specifically new to the fourth beta is a firmware update for the Apple TV Remote, MacRumors reported. It improves the motion sensor and sound bar.
To get this new beta, your Apple TV must be connected to a computer via a USB-C to USB-A cable, The software should be downloaded and installed via iTunes or Apple Configurator. If you already installed the first three betas, you can download this one over the air.