Apple Releases First Public Beta of macOS Catalina to Public Beta Testers

MacRumors

macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001
50,015
11,294



Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina update to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to try out the software ahead of its fall public release.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will be able to download the macOS Catalina beta through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile. Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.


Potential beta testers should make a full Time Machine backup before installing macOS Catalina, and it may not be wise to install it on a primary machine because betas can be unstable and often have many bugs.

macOS Catalina eliminates the iTunes app, which has been a key Mac feature since 2001. In Catalina, iTunes has been replaced by Music, Podcasts, and TV apps.

The new apps can do everything that iTunes can do, so Mac users aren't going to be losing any functionality, and device management capabilities are now handled by the Finder app.

macOS Catalina has a useful new Sidecar feature, designed to turn the iPad into a secondary display for the Mac. It can work as a traditional second display or with a mirroring feature. Apple Pencil support works with Sidecar, so you can turn your iPad into a drawing tablet using apps like Photoshop.

For those with an Apple Watch set up to unlock the Mac, there's now an option to approve security prompts in Catalina by tapping on the side button of the watch. Macs with a T2 chip in them also support Activation Lock, making them useless to thieves much as it does on the iPhone.

There's a new Find My app that lets you track your lost devices, and previously, this functionality was only available via iCloud on the Mac. There's even a new option to find your devices even when they're offline by leveraging Bluetooth connections to other nearby devices, something that's particularly handy on the Mac because it doesn't have a cellular connection.

Apple is expanding Screen Time to the Mac in Catalina, letting Apple users track their device usage across Mac, iOS, and iPad for a better overall picture of time spent using electronics.

For developers, a "Project Catalyst" feature lets apps designed for the iPad be ported over to the Mac with just a few clicks in Xcode and some minor tweaks. Apple's ultimate goal with Project Catalyst is to bring more apps to the Mac.

Photos has an updated interface that better highlights your best pictures, Safari includes a new start page with Siri Suggestions, Mail has a new feature for blocking emails and another new option for muting threads, and the Reminders app has been overhauled and is now more useful.

Before installing macOS Catalina, be aware that it does away with 32-bit app support, so some older apps may stop working.

For more on macOS Catalina, make sure to check out our macOS Catalina roundup.

Article Link: Apple Releases First Public Beta of macOS Catalina to Public Beta Testers
 
  • Like
Reactions: mudflap

Cyberpower678

macrumors 6502
Apr 28, 2015
417
351
Everywhere
Here comes the public complaining about battery life and bugs in a beta.
Actually I'm rocking a MBP 2012 Retina and I get 6-8 hours.
[doublepost=1561396727][/doublepost]
Thing is, joe public aren’t going to know about this. You need to seek out the PB’s to be able to install them.

You’d think anyway.
You forget how big the Apple enthusiasts are that follow the keynotes. Much bigger than us fanatics willing to obtain the dev betas.
 

ignatius345

macrumors 68030
Aug 20, 2015
2,941
3,906
Oh man. So tempted, but literally every public beta I've installed I've ended up reverting back to the current release. It's fun to tinker but it's no fun to have a laptop with its fans maxed or just unable to do something you expect.
 

Cyberpower678

macrumors 6502
Apr 28, 2015
417
351
Everywhere
Don't install it if you depend on Parallels, it has numerous issues for which no updates has been released as of yet.
Interesting you mention that. I do use Parallels but I have intentionally left it powered down during macOS Catalina Beta as I figured something would break. I have a secondary system I can fallback on, so no biggie.
 
  • Like
Reactions: maculi

outskirtsofinfinity

macrumors 6502
Aug 2, 2017
256
769
Calgary
That graphic, with inverted "atali" is stunningly ugly. I can't believe Apple did that... (assuming that's the official beta testing header - I tried clicking through but all I get is an "We're Busy" on a gray page).
 

Sasparilla

macrumors 65832
Jul 6, 2012
1,500
2,388
So, has anyone (devs, since this is initial public beta) tried to install into the last model cheese grater with a Metal compatible graphics card? (trying to decide whether to get a Metal compatible graphics card for my Cheese Grater) Wondering whether the graphics card lets it install or not.
 

Paradoxally

macrumors 68000
Feb 4, 2011
1,665
2,151
If it's dev B2 then a whole bunch of users will be in a world of hurt. I sincerely hope it's dev B3, but I'm wondering why there is no update available in the update screen.
Not really. Catalina has performed more than adequately on my test machines. Xcode...not so much.
 

dominiongamma

macrumors 68000
Oct 19, 2014
1,739
3,668
Tempe, Arizona
Thing is, joe public aren’t going to know about this. You need to seek out the PB’s to be able to install them.

You’d think anyway.
To seek out the beta the person would have to know where to find it and install it, so they would have some background about the beta and the messages before is telling it
 

dan9700

Suspended
May 28, 2015
3,347
4,821
This is same build as dev beta 2, they should have waited till beta 3 next week
 

MLVC

macrumors 6502a
Apr 30, 2015
786
1,526
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interesting you mention that. I do use Parallels but I have intentionally left it powered down during macOS Catalina Beta as I figured something would break. I have a secondary system I can fallback on, so no biggie.
https://kb.parallels.com/124705

These are the issues Parallels can have with Catalina. I've also head that for some it works fine, so either you're lucky or you're not ;)
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.