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Apple’s macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta 4 Now Available For Download [UPDATED]

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macOS Sierra 10.12.1 Beta 4 Now Available

The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 4 is now available for download to developers who registered on Apple’s “Apple developer” program portal. It is also available to testers who enrolled in the “Apple Beta Software Program”.

This pre-release follows the release of the beta 3 just a week ago. It mainly focuses on bug fixing and performance issues that the earlier beta releases had. The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 as well as the initial 10.12, were particularly infamous for these issues. Given the nature of the update, there are no noticeable outward changes. Those who previously encountered bugs or glitches will appreciate the over change, however.

Bug-Free Update

This release, in particular, ensures that Apple’s platform continues to progress and that the 10.21.1 update is in a state where is completely bug-free and stable enough to warrant a release on compatible MacBooks and iMacs.

Advanced Features Included

The macOS Sierra 10.12.1 does include one crucial difference over the current public macOS Sierra 10.12 release. It is the inclusion of support for photos captured using the iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode in the Photos App. Moreover, it seems that the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 is being updated to introduce some of the advanced features in the upcoming and redesigned MacBook Pro. Any other major changes and updates will surface as the community gets more time to play around with the OS. As far as main features are concerned, the current macOS Sierra 10.12.1 packs entirely the same features that are publicly available with the 10.12 release. It includes the Universal Clipboard, Auto Unlock via Apple Watch, PiP for videos and Siri.

How To Update:

Users currently running the beta 3 can update from their Mac. This option is available through the Mac App Store. Those who have little or no experience with beta releases of macOS can register themselves with Apple as a member of the Apple Developer program. or the Apple Beta Software program and then proceed to grab the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta 4 build from the Mac App Store.


The 10.12.1 build was a beta build. This means that it was for testing and review purposes only. Those that wish for a stable experience can now opt for the macOS Sierra 10.12 which is now available to the general public through the Mac App Store.

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