Apple issues first developer betas of iOS 11.1, macOS 10.13.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1

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Apple on Wednesday provided developers with early versions of its next significant software releases for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, all of which are set to get point-one updates in the near future.

The new software and accompanying build numbers are as follows:

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta (17B25c)
  • watchOS 4.1 beta (15R5823c)
  • iOS 11.1 beta (15B5066f)
  • tvOS 11.1 beta (15J5559d)

In addition, Apple has also issued a beta of Xcode 9.1, build 9B37, which includes Swift 4 and SDKs used to build apps with the latest changes in the four platforms.

It is not known what the updates include, but a number of features were absent from last week's public release of iOS 11, including AirPlay 2 and Apple Pay Cash. It's likely that a point-one update would bring those anticipated features.

A timeframe for the release of iOS 11.1 is not known, but it would make sense for it to arrive alongside or before the iPhone X, which is set to arrive on Nov. 3.

iOS 11 launched to the public last Tuesday and was quickly followed up with an iOS 11.0.1 update that addressed glaring bugs. Point-zero-one updates are generally minor bug and security fixes, while point-one updates often have new features and capabilities.

tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 also debuted for Apple TV and Apple Watch, respectively, last week. Separately, macOS 10.13 High Sierra had a later launch, having arrived this Monday.