Apple Seeds macOS Catalina Beta 9 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

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Apple today seeded the ninth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina to developers, two weeks after seeding the eighth macOS Catalina beta and over three months after the new Mac operating system update was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

The new macOS Catalina beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.


macOS Catalina eliminates the iTunes app, splitting it into Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The three new apps offer similar functionality to iTunes, but are split up by feature. iOS device management is still available on the Mac, but it's now done through the Finder rather than iTunes.

With a new Sidecar feature, you can turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac with just the click of a button. The Apple Pencil works with Sidecar, so you can turn your iPad into a drawing tablet in apps like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Your Apple Watch can be used to approve security prompts for passwords and other info in macOS Catalina, and Macs with a T2 chip now support Activation Lock, making them more secure. There's a new Find My that brings the Find My Mac app to the Mac for the first time and even lets you track your devices when they're offline, or, in the case of notebooks, closed.

Screen Time is available on the Mac as well as iOS devices, and Project Catalyst, a new Apple initiative, will let developers easily port their iPad apps over to the Mac to increase the number of Mac apps available.

There's a new Photos interface that surfaces your best photos organized by day, month, or year, there's a new start page in Safari, Mail has new tools for muting email threads and blocking senders, and the Reminders app has been overhauled.

32-bit apps no longer work in macOS Catalina, which is something to be aware of before installing the beta.

For more details on macOS Catalina, make sure to check out our macOS Catalina roundup. Apple is planning to release macOS Catalina sometime in October, with no specific launch date announced as of yet.

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Chris The Bipolarbear

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Is it just me or does it bother anybody else that the "Mac Blog" is a 2nd-page item and most of the "front page" reporting seems to be focused on the iPhone and the Apple Watch with MacOS being incidental in coverage?


Another large download...4.99 GB.
It is My opinion that what they are doing with Catalina Could be the death on the Mac as a business computer it all seems to be about Apple TV music etc. Read am article from a third party hardware manufacture advising customers NOT to upgrade to Catalina
 

schlitzz

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It is My opinion that what they are doing with Catalina Could be the death on the Mac as a business computer it all seems to be about Apple TV music etc. Read am article from a third party hardware manufacture advising customers NOT to upgrade to Catalina
Geezus, it's a change to 64 bit computing. Yeah, they don't want to recode. DUH.
 

Mike Haas

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It is My opinion that what they are doing with Catalina Could be the death on the Mac as a business computer it all seems to be about Apple TV music etc. Read am article from a third party hardware manufacture advising customers NOT to upgrade to Catalina
I read through that - All those warnings seem pretty typical with each iteration of MacOS betas released every Summer cycle. I knew exactly what software I use would not work under the Beta and I was spot-on. I wouldn't worry about any of those organizations not releasing working versions of their software once the public version is released.
 
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PBG4 Dude

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Audio plugins/apps are notorious for needing driver updates with each major OS release. Those warnings do not surprise me. I use stock Logic/GarageBand/Mainstage apps which so far have been working for me under Catalina beta, as well as my FocusRite app.
 

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It is My opinion that what they are doing with Catalina Could be the death on the Mac as a business computer it all seems to be about Apple TV music etc. Read am article from a third party hardware manufacture advising customers NOT to upgrade to Catalina
These all seem to be either Driver or 64-Bit related issues. This is the norm for each release of macOS
 

kissmo

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I'm with you on this one.
I have the feeling that they make changes like crazy however none of them seems to impact the OS itself except apps that can run on it.

Besides, they take longer time to release a final stable version - iOS is priority.

They seem to plan to kill the mac or what? TV App and News app - WTx????

I don't care for those on a laptop! I can open browser and check news there. No need for unified app and kill an entire OS for it.

I am extremely sad to see this OS in its current state. Not saying it's bad but it points to a direction which is not encouraging and seems to get all the hipsters to edit their Slofies and whatever dumb thing Apple comes with on their mobile devices.....
 

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did a clean install of DP9. the system I use for testing is a 2014 Mac mini equipped with an Apple PCIe SSD plus a generic SAMSUNG SATA SSD. TRIM on the SATA SSD was enabled right away without me issuing the trimforce command in the Terminal.
 
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