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Apple releases first watchOS 10.4 and macOS 14.4 developer betas

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Apple releases first watchOS 10.4 and macOS 14.4 developer betas

macOS 14.4 and watchOS 10.4: First beta versions released

Last week, Apple announced that it would adapt the App Store in the European Union to the new legislation that will come into force in March. It is now possible to buy alternative apps via alternative app stores on the iPhone and also to process payments via third-party providers. However, Apple’s new set of rules is like a patchwork quilt – and only the coming months will show whether the EU agrees with Apple’s complex implementation. After all, the requirement is that manufacturers must act in accordance with the law, whereas Apple really doesn’t have many conditions in mind to be more open.

iOS 17.4 is the first operating system version that allows users to install app stores from other manufacturers. A few days ago, Apple released the first preliminary versions of iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, and tvOS 17.4 to registered developers. iOS 17.4 brings the necessary programming interfaces to implement alternative app stores. iPadOS 17.4 and tvOS 17.4 do not have such provisions, as Apple was only obliged to implement alternative app stores on the iPhone – but not on the other platforms. Even under iPadOS, nothing changes.

Now also macOS 14.4 and watchOS 10.4
This evening Apple is releasing the first preliminary versions of macOS 14.4 and watchOS 10.4. However, it is still unknown what innovations these versions bring with them. Apple is not obliged by the EU to make any changes on macOS or watchOS – so it can be assumed that Apple will implement hardly any visible innovations in these versions. If any major changes are noticed, we will add this news.

The current beta versions
Finally, as always, a list of the currently available beta versions. You can see directly from the letters at the end of the build number whether it is still an early development phase – the higher the letter, the further away the final version is. In the first beta, you will often still find “f-builds”, but a release candidate before it is ready for the market does not use letters at all.

systemBuild numberPublished
macOS 14.423E5180jJanuary 29, 2024
iOS 17.4 Beta 121E5184i01/25/2024
iPadOS 17.4 Beta 121E5184i01/25/2024
watchOS 10.421T5185gJanuary 29, 2024
tvOS 17.4 Beta 121L5195h01/25/2024

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