Apple seeds first OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan beta to developers

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in macOS edited December 2015
Following today's iOS 9.2.1 beta release, Apple issued the first version of OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan to developers with minor improvements and bug fixes.




Aside from the usual stability, compatibility and security updates, the seed notes accompanying build 15D9c do not provide a detailed rundown of the exact changes included in today's OS X 10.11.3 beta release. A more detailed list, as well as focus areas for testing, should be included in the second beta release.

Apple's last update for the Mac operating system, OS X 10.11.2, dropped last week with a handful of improvements relating to Wi-Fi reliability, Handoff and AirDrop, Mail issues and iCloud Photo Sharing for Live Photos. The release also addressed a number of minor usability issues, bugs and security flaws.

The OS X 10.11.3 beta is the third seed to see release hit in as many months. Apple issued OS X 10.11.1 in late October, about one month after El Capitan debuted on Sept. 30.

Developers can download OS X 10.11.3 from the Mac App Store or Apple's developer portal.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    While I have the impression that most users have had no problems with the .1 and .2 updates to El Capitan, many, like I, have had seemingly insurmountable problems, certainly of the incompatible software sort, such that the "updated" Macs won't even boot up. I hope .3 solves this.
    tapeworm soup
  • Reply 2 of 7
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Which software has given you trouble? But I'd see that as a software developers issue not the OS.
    edited December 2015
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Mac mini late 2012 still endlessly plagued with problems since 10.11.1.  No change with 10.11.2, other than the fact that now it is even less likely to boot into recovery than before. Sometimes comes up and goes great for a week, but if it crashes it will take a week of trying to even get it to boot. Endless chimes, no chime, crash at login crash during recovery, just awful. It ran flawlessly until 10.11.1,  and if that is just a coincidence then several people have the same one in the support forums.. Live support has gone nowhere as it often won't stay up long enough for screen sharing or diagnostics.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    I have a 2012 mac mini. runs great except the machine occasionally turns off after being asleep for a long time, usually over night. I will say that memory utilization on the machine is pretty high, has 16GB and usually sits at 99% used. On what Im not sure. VMWare fusion takes up a lot although I manage my VMs pretty well. Sometimes coming out of wake the machine can act a bit sluggish, and sometimes the USB keyboard will disconnect after being asleep and I have to unplug it and plug it back in. Small nagging problems but nothing service affecting.
    edited December 2015
  • Reply 5 of 7
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,157member
    Mac mini late 2012 still endlessly plagued with problems since 10.11.1.  No change with 10.11.2, other than the fact that now it is even less likely to boot into recovery than before. Sometimes comes up and goes great for a week, but if it crashes it will take a week of trying to even get it to boot. Endless chimes, no chime, crash at login crash during recovery, just awful. It ran flawlessly until 10.11.1,  and if that is just a coincidence then several people have the same one in the support forums.. Live support has gone nowhere as it often won't stay up long enough for screen sharing or diagnostics.
    Be very wary of ever assuming people with similar issues in support forums means anything.  Not wanting to knock the good folks that try to help but you could state your Mac broke out in purple spots and you'd get a load of posts saying their's did too!  

    As always my first suggestion is get your hands on Disk Warrior v5 and see if you have damaged directories on the Mac.  Disk Utilities is good but simply does not correct this problem.  If you have another Mac you can run DW from that and mount the Mac mini using Target Mode.  If not you'd need to boot to another disk as DW can only repair a dismounted drive.  Believe me it is worth trying.

    If you still have issues I'd back up and reinstall OS X from scratch and migrate the user folder back.  If you still have issues it's something in you installed most likely.
    edited December 2015 tapeworm soup
  • Reply 6 of 7
    I have a 15,1 5k iMac.  I've upped the Ram to 16GB.  I have a 1TB Fusion Drive that's only half full.  I've had several issues with el Capitan that I never experienced with Mavericks.  It's always intermittent and with the exception of an issue with Photos app and slideshow playback, I can't recreate it repeatedly.  

    Issue #1 - I have Alex read to me all the time.  I'll highlight the text of an article and have him read to me while I'm busy doing something else.  In el Capitan, Alex will skip words, or cut off words.  It's typically at the beginning or end of a sentence.  This never happened before, and is rather annoying.  I've written to Apple about this issue, but one never knows if those mails ever really get read.  Alex also has a problem reading bullet points.  If there is an article with a couple bullet points and there's more than one line of text to a bullet, Alex says "bullet, bullet" at the beginning of every line of text.  

    Issue #2 - Slideshow playback is an issue when there are panoramic photos involved.  The screen will noticeably drop frames and stutter.  While I know that Apple in their infinite wisdom decided to put a 2012 gpu in a 15,1, one would expect it to be able to handle panning across panoramic photos in a slideshow without so much as a hiccup.  I deleted everything in Photos and started from scratch, and it persists.  The same problem occurs when viewing an exported slideshow (at 1080p) in full screen.  One would think that the GPU could overclock when it needed to, but it doesn't seem to be doing the job when it comes to panoramic shots (all shot with an iPhone 6 Plus).

    Issue #3 - The bubble of text that pops up when you put your cursor over an App in the Dock will remain after the App is launched.  Sometimes the Dock will remain magnified after the App is launched.  Moving the cursor over the App again corrects it.  It's more of an annoyance than anything.  It just serves as a reminder that I'm not satisfied with el Capitan as it currently exists.

    As I stated previously, I've written to Apple about this using their feedback page https://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html and I would hope these issues would be addressed.  I know that just because it's happening to me, doesn't mean it's happening to everyone.  I've been with Apple since System 7.  I'm just writing this here because I'm frustrated with these issues and never feel that Apple is actually listening.  
  • Reply 7 of 7

    As always my first suggestion is get your hands on Disk Warrior v5 and see if you have damaged directories on the Mac.  Disk Utilities is good but simply does not correct this problem.  If you have another Mac you can run DW from that and mount the Mac mini using Target Mode.  If not you'd need to boot to another disk as DW can only repair a dismounted drive.  Believe me it is worth trying.

    If you still have issues I'd back up and reinstall OS X from scratch and migrate the user folder back.  If you still have issues it's something in you installed most likely.
    Many many thanks for your tips and advice. Just after this, it never came back up at all, not even a chime, just high speed fan. Apple was kind beyond kind about it, and covered in under AppleCare even though it expired aver a month ago, since the issue began and was called about prior to my expiration. The coincidence of the big failures beginning with the first day of 10.11.1 seems to be just that, and my boneheaded denial that it could be a hardware issue prevented me from getting it fixed sooner. Sorry for the rant- have gone from disgruntled to beyond amazed at the extreme helpfulness of apple.  If nothing else it has taught me to keep my backups current and exhaustive at all times! Thankfully, 24000 pix uploaded to iCloud successfully in the weeks between first and final failure! Thanks again!
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