Apple has released the GM builds for iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 to developers. GM builds are the final releases that are the same as the builds that will go out to the general public this month on different dates.
iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were announced earlier this year at WWDC 2016.
iOS 10 contains a larger number of new features and improvements which include third party developer API for Siri, refreshed widgets in notification center, improved 3D touch with widgets on home screen app icons, new third party apps support for iMessage, Maps, and Phone apps, new Home app for HomeKit, redesigned Music, Health, News apps, and Control Center, improved Quick Type keyboard, face and object recognition in Photos, and much more. iOS 10 also has a new design with rounded corners, large typography, and colorful buttons. Check out our detailed coverage of iOS 10 features.
If you are already on a previous developer beta, you can upgrade to the GM build by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Alternatively, you can download the updated firmware (IPSW) file by going to Apple Developer Center. Apple has jumped to iOS 10.0.1 for the GM build which means that the public build will likely be an incremental update.
The final iOS 10 version will be released to public on September 13th.
macOS 10.12 Sierra finally has Siri, Apple’s popular voice assistant, redesigned notification center and widgets, auto-unlock via Apple Watch, Universal Clipboard for automatic copy/pasting of content between iOS and Mac devices, Apply Pay, and more.
Here is how you can update to macOS 10.12 GM build:
- If you already have a developer beta installed, open Mac App Store and go to Updates. You should see the GM build available for download.
- Download the full installer from Apple Developer Center. Check out our guide to creating a bootable USB installer for macOS 10.12 for a clean install on your Mac. You can also try dual-booting macOS 10.12 with OS X if you want to preserve your current installation.
macOS 10.12 Sierra will be released to public on September 20th.
tvOS 10 for Apple TV now has a new dark mode, a redesigned Apple Music app, single-sign on for cable network apps, updates to Siri and more.
Apple fourth generation Apple TVs will get tvOS 10 on September 13th.
If you are already using a tvOS 10 developer beta on your Apple TV, you can download GM build by going to Settings > System > Sofware Updates > Update Software.
watchOS 3 is perhaps the most useful update out of all since it increases the performance of Apple Watch. A new dock lets users mark apps as favorites for instant access. Apps can also fetch data in the background so when they are opened, they are already up to date. There are also new watch faces, include a Minnie Mouse watch face, lots of new complications, a Scribble keyboard that lets users swipe letters to write words, new Reminder and Homekit apps, and much more.
watchOS 3 will be available to all users on September 13th.
To update to watchOS 3, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 10 GM and go to Settings > General > Software Update. Ensure that Apple Watch is charged at least 50% and placed on the charger before updating.