Apple seeds first Release Candidates of iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, tvOS 15.3, and watchOS 8.4

Apple has seeded Release Candidates of iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, tvOS 15.2, watchOS 8.4, and HomePod software 15.2 to developers and public beta testers for testing.

iOS 15

Malcolm Owen for AppleInsider:

The latest builds can be acquired by developers in the beta-testing scheme via the Apple Developer Center, or as an over-the-air update for hardware already using earlier beta builds. A public beta version of the releases is… available through the Apple Beta Software Program website.

For the moment, the betas for iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 offer no real major feature changes to report on, and so far appears to be a maintenance release that focuses on performance and bug fixes. More features may surface as builds get provided to testers.

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U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approves bill targeting Apple, other Big Tech firms

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would bar tech giants like Apple, Google, Amazon and others from giving preference to their own businesses on their websites, despite hefty lobbying from top executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook.

U.S. Capitol Building
The United States Capitol Building
Reuters:

Lawmakers voted on an amended version of a bill introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and Chuck Grassley, a Republican, that expanded the definition of companies covered by the bill to include firms like the popular video app TikTok and specified that companies were not required to share data with firms that the U.S. government considers national security risks.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz said during the hearing that he spoke on Wednesday with Cook, saying he “expressed significant concerns about the bill.”

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