Apple rolls out iOS, OS X, WatchOS and TVOS betas adding new features

Apple has released beta software that indicates what new features are coming to its software.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor
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Apple released the fourth betas of iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, watchOS 2.2, and OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 on Monday to members of the Apple Developer Center and Apple beta programs.

The new updates were released two weeks after the third betas and can be downloaded through Software Update or Apple's website. The updates are expected to be released around Apple's event in March for the mass market.

The betas for the software have added a slew of new features, as 9to5mac reports.

iOS 9.3:

  • Night Shift mode adjusts the color temperature on your display to be easier to read at night
  • The Notes app gains the ability to hide notes under a secure password and Touch ID
  • 3D Touch gains new Quick Action shortcuts
  • Verizon customers gain Wi-Fi calling

tvOS 9.2:

  • iOS-style app folders
  • A redesigned app switcher
  • Voice dictation input for search and username/password entry
  • iCloud Photo Library support
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • "What's new" section
  • MapKit for developers to include in apps

El Capitan 10.11.4

  • View and share Live Photos originally taken on the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus through Messages app
  • The Notes app gains the ability to hide notes under a secure password and Touch ID
  • Patches bug related to opening links on Twitter via Apple's Safari browser.

watchOS 2.2

  • Revamped Maps app
  • Thanks to Maps, Apple Watch can navigate you to your work and home addresses and find local business organized by type

Apple is believed to be holding a media event on March 15, where in addition to updated software, it will unveil an updated iPad and budget iPhone.

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