Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third OS X 10.11.4 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.3. OS X 10.11.4 has been in testing since January 11.

    The fourth OS X 10.11.4 beta, build 15E49a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or via the Software Update Mechanism in the Mac App Store.


    OS X 10.11.4 offers a couple of new features, such as Live Photos support in Messages, the ability to password protect notes in the Notes app, and an option to import notes from Evernote, but like the recent OS X 10.11.3 update, it appears to focus primarily on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements. Almost all of Apple's OS X updates to date have been smaller updates that improve performance rather than introduce new features.

    We'll update this post with any features or significant changes that are discovered in the third beta of OS X 10.11.4. OS X 10.11.4 is likely to see a spring release alongside iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, and watchOS 2.2.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to Developers
  2. macrumors 65832

    May 25, 2012
    I feel like this is a me exciting update than than the watch. I'm surprised it took this long for Live Photos to make it though.
  3. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2015
    For "under the hood improvements" it'd be nice if they published some numbers similar to what we see for major versions.
  4. Anonymous123 macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2009
    Would love to know if the MacRumors staff is capable of posting one of these without the first two words being "Apple today".
  5. pdaholic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2011
    Wash, rinse, repeat!
  6. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2015
    I would like Apple to finally start including detailed listing of changes and bug fixes in 10.11.4 once it is released. I am not expecting miracles but the information that Apple has provided for 10.11.1-11.1.3 is seriously lacking to say the least...

    Is it really too much to ask given the Apples resources? :(
  7. till213 Suspended

    Jul 1, 2011
    Downloading right now...
    --- Post Merged, Feb 22, 2016 ---
    Sorry, but an added "Implemented NSA backdoor" just doesn't read so good in the Release Notes...
  8. Stuey3D macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2014
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    Wonder if the new iTunes will come in this build?
  9. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    It doesn't.
  10. verpeiler macrumors 6502


    May 11, 2013
    Munich, Germany
    I guess they just don't want to give specific information... it's been this diffuse "improvements to mail, photos.." blabla for a long time now.
  11. macintoshmac macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2010
  12. Swiss-G macrumors 6502a


    Jun 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
  13. ManUtdForLife macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2009
    Much less annoying than the constant "Apple rolls out..." or simply "rollout" in tons of other posts, IMHO.
  14. ChrisCW11 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2011
    Maybe this is the problem with Apple's quality, having all of their OS variants on the same release train forces the company to split focus. Why is OS X, iOS, TVOs and WatchOS all being seeded together?

    This is another reason why Apple needs to drop the stupidity and unify the OS'es if they are going to tie them altogether anyways. One common kernel would make sense that all devices are updated together, but having 4 variations of the OS tied to the same release train is why you end up with some of the glaring security holes and bugs found on every release.

    Also stop using the beta seeds as quality control. Most people getting these seeds are just fanbois wanting to brag about having Apple's newest features and this does not translate to an honest and focused quality process.
  15. macintoshmac macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2010
    Beta seeds have so far worked just fine for Apple and any other company. Another advantage it serves is that it keeps users hooked as to glimpses of upcoming changes and features ...
  16. DoctorTech macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN
    I hope iMessages is more robust in this version. My iMessages still works on my iPhone 6s+ and iPad Air 2 but it has stopped working on my rMBP & my iMac (both running OS X 10.11.3)
  17. dorsal macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2002
    Please, please, please, be the addition of the full screen location map view in Photos, like it was in iPhoto.
  18. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    Useless. No WiFi Sleep Wake, BTMM, HomeSharing, Powernap, Finder, Slow SMB, Bonjour Problems.

    It's all FLUFF no MEAT for Apple these days.
  19. Borin macrumors demi-goddess


    Jan 15, 2016
    What about the people that use these apps incredibly often yet run into issues?

    Surely this isn't useless for them?
  20. Stuey3D macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2014
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    Well that sucks then! Was hoping they would get it in on this build to give us chance to test it before they roll out the final which i don't imagine is far off now.
  21. SlipperySlop Suspended

    Sep 14, 2015
    First of all, you have absolutely NO proof that no work has been done on areas that interest you, do you?

    Secondly, doesn't it take a lot of **** to think that just because you think something is fluff should mean that everyone should consider it the same way? Please. There are issues in those apps that you hate that many love and need that need to be addressed, despite your irrational dismissal of those apps. I will just never understand the mentality of many of those who post here. It's already almost impossible to extract useful information from the childishness and fluff that pervades these forums.
  22. chrfr macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2009
    Apple doesn't tend to include betas of iTunes in OS X developer betas.
  23. Stuey3D macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2014
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
    Im sure they did when they rolled out V12 (the one with the red icon) I'm sure it came down with a Yosemite beta update.
  24. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Anyone having issues with the system completely freezing for 10-60 seconds when closing YouTube tabs in Safari? It's related to GPU switching, so it only applies to dual GPU machines such as the 15 inch MacBook Pro.
    Sure hope this fixes that, because it's been 3 versions now and they still haven't addressed this.
  25. chucker23n1 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2014
    Because they all share the same kernel, many of the same components, and in some cases even the same apps with different user interfaces. For instance, iOS 9.3 and OS X 10.11.4 will simultaneously launch with an update to the Notes app, featuring protected notes.

    While they have a responsibility to do in-house testing, that's no substitute that will provide a realistic view of the real-world variety.

    Whence do you infer a new iTunes is coming?

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