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

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    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.

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    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 In Catalina, iTunes has been replaced by Music, Podcasts, and TV apps.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
     
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    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.
     
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    I was just about to ask the same question. Sounds like waiting for PB2 would be a better starting point.
     
  5. Bokito macrumors regular

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    This is really early. Although Catalina is about to become the best macOS release in years, it's very buggy at this time with some critical bugs still there.
     
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    Oh thats so so tempting but I will try really hard to hold back until PB3... :)
     
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    Here comes the public complaining about battery life and bugs in a beta.
     
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    Don't install it if you depend on Parallels, it has numerous issues for which no updates have been released as of yet.
     
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    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.
     
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    Actually I'm rocking a MBP 2012 Retina and I get 6-8 hours.
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    You forget how big the Apple enthusiasts are that follow the keynotes. Much bigger than us fanatics willing to obtain the dev betas.
     
  11. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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).
     
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    If anyone can download it and report what build the installer is trying to install, that would help to identify which beta we are dealing with.
     
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    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.
     
  16. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

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    Not really. Catalina has performed more than adequately on my test machines. Xcode...not so much.
     
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    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
     
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    Deleting files is still very broken on Catalina, not to mention tons of daemon crashes and bastar randomly using 100% CPU forever.
     
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    I hope. My trash bin is way too full. I could really use that emptying function now.
     
  22. dan9700 macrumors 68030

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    This is same build as dev beta 2, they should have waited till beta 3 next week
     
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    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 ;)
     
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    They waited a whole week to place an already released flawed os to the public. Nice one Apple.
     

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