iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6 and macOS Monterey 12.4 Beta 4 are here

Apple has released the next beta series, Beta 4 of iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6, and macOS Monterey 12.4.

Apple is now the fourth beta of iOS 15.5, iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6 and macOS Monterey 12.4. As usual, it is unknown when the final versions will appear and it also depends on whether or not Apple still receives many errors from developers and users.

In iOS 15.5, Apple seems to be banking on the wallet, introducing new buttons to “Request” and “Send” Apple Cash in the Wallet app. The metal Apple Card is now called “Titan Card” in the app, and Apple Pay has been renamed to Apple Cash in the Messages app. iTunes Pass is now called “Apple Account Card” in the Wallet app. This allows the user to complete the purchase with Apple Pay instead of having to show the QR code when purchasing from an Apple Store.

HomePod should be improved

Apple has also improved the HomePod software so that it can display HomePod’s Wi-Fi signal strength. If you’re upgrading to the iPadOS 15.5 beta and want to use the Universal Control feature, you must also switch the other devices to the beta – otherwise mouse and keyboard or trackpad sharing will no longer work. Apple is also expanding the “SportsKit” interface and thus preparing the “Friday Night Baseball” announced in March in the TV application in order to be able to display the various sports results.

If you want, you can use a developer profile to install iOS 15.5 Beta 4 or its counterpart for the iPad – as always, it works live.

However, users should note a rather important note: if you need Universal Control from iOS 15.4 and macOS 12.4, you should not just import the beta version. Universal Control only works if the latest beta version is installed on all devices.

Apple apparently also wants to integrate classical music into Apple Music. However, the integration could go differently than expected. There’s a reference to “Apple Classical” in the beta – but that’s not a category for the music app, it’s a reference to a separate app. One line of code says “Open in Apple Classical,” while another says “a new app designed for classical music.” The base of the expansion should be “Primephonic”. This is a service that Apple acquired in August 2021 and specializes in classical music streaming. With the beta, there are now the first indications of the use of the rights purchased by Apple.

Do not install on productive devices

If you wish, you can install macOS 12.4 Beta 4 as a developer via over-the-air update if the corresponding developer profile is installed on the desired Mac.

Innovations for macOS 12.4 are not yet known. Changes to watchOS 8.6 and tvOS 15.5 are not yet known. If you find something new, please write us something in the comments, we are very excited.

Before downloading, you absolutely must make a backup of your system. Apple recommends never deploying betas on production systems. These are computers you depend on and need to work.

Do you install betas and have you ever had bad experiences with them?

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