Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers and Public Beta Testers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today seeded the seventh beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update to developers and public beta testers, one week after seeding the sixth beta and over a month month after the release of a macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update to address a bug that could cause apps to crash when receiving a character from the Indian language Telugu.

    The new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.


    macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 includes bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that weren't addressed in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

    The update offers support for some features that are available in iOS 11.3, like Messages on iCloud, which uploads all of your iMessages to the cloud. It will also support Business Chat, a feature coming when iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 are released to the public, and it includes support for eGPUs. Apple released release notes for macOS High Sierra beta 6 in certain countries, providing details on what's included in the update. The notes are below:
    The macOS 10.13.4 update also brings the smoke cloud wallpaper that was previously only available on the iMac Pro and it introduces a warning when opening up a 32-bit app as part of an effort to phase them out.

    In the future, Apple plans to phase out 32-bit Mac apps, just like it did with 32-bit iOS apps. Apple says macOS High Sierra is the last version of macOS that will support 32-bit apps without compromises.

    We're nearing the end of the macOS High Sierra beta testing period and a release could come any day now.

    Article Link: Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers and Public Beta Testers
  2. leVel macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    when was the last time a MacOS update underwent 7+ beta's?
  3. ButteryScrollin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2014
    I haven’t seen the 32 bit app notification when running the beta and opening 32 bit apps. Anyone seen it? With what apps?
  4. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    Does this mean ios 11.3 wont be ready for GM soon and have another beta?
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    It means that iOS will probably get one final beta build/GM before public. So next week most likely for public.
  6. sublunar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
  7. jjm3 macrumors member


    Nov 8, 2003
    Atlanta, GA, USA
  8. dan9700 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2015
    I kinda hoped tomorrow for all final released but the more betas mean its being polished better so not a bad thing :)
  9. haddy macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2012
    Beta (17E197a)
  10. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    This might be the first MacOs i've ever skipped since OS 10.0... Just too buggy with my 2013 macbook pro with 750m.
  11. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    If you think they’ll talk about eGPUs at an educational event I have a platter of disappointment to serve you.
  12. kiddjones macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2017
    Dallas, TX
    I unfortunately made the mistake of upgrading and am highly regretting it.
  13. iStorm macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2012
    Why not reinstall the previous version you had then?
  14. kiddjones macrumors newbie


    Nov 7, 2017
    Dallas, TX
    I've considered it. Would at least take a full day. I'm a developer & unfortunately the amount of dev tools compatibility headache that goes into OS updates is a nightmare. This Macbook Pro has maxed out specs, cost a pretty penny. It's just a shame that a software based issue (driver) is making it perform terribly. This is the equivalent to iPhone speedgate issue (newer software purposely slowing down capable hardware), except with machines 3-4x the cost.
  15. verdi1987 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    After applying this beta, my five external USB 3.0 drives take a very long time (several minutes) to mount upon login or wake. This did not occur with the last several 10.13.4 betas, although several 10.13.x betas have had issues with external drives not mounting or dismounting upon sleep.
  16. star-affinity macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2007
    Is it about graphics slowdowns?
  17. TVreporter macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2012
    Near Toronto
    It bricked my iMac ... beyond repair
  18. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    How do you know it’s buggy for you if you skipped it?
  19. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I cannot get messages in the cloud to work on my MacBook Pro. Works fine on my iPad and iPhone X.
  20. Xaositek macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2005
    Mine is quite the opposite - you might want to toss your drives through Disk Utility First Aid to make sure they are sound.
  21. liberte1776, Mar 26, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2018

    liberte1776 macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2014
    It seems it has been pulled, not showing up for me...

    Update: I had to check for updates and install from the command prompt to get it to work.
  22. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    I have a 2017 15" MBP that's still on Sierra, I want to upgrade to High Sierra but not sure if it will be better or worse.
  23. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    It seems like this must be a regular beta. If it was a stopper then it would have lead to a release late last week. That suggests it won't be released this week but perhaps as late as week 2 of April, but that would be surprising for a length of a point release. To beta user hitting issues, this is the reason for betas.
  24. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I am with you. Apple's software quality control went from being one of the best, to where we are now, whcih is absolutely terrible.

    I am absolutely dead set on not upgrading to 10.14 next year until it reaches 10.14.4 or even 10.14.5. The numerous problems with High Sierra have caused (and still cause) me a tremendous amount of pain. I cannot afford to trust Apple anymore and for the foreseeable future, I will remain one operating system behind the current times.
  25. Ener Ji macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    It's happened before - doesn't strike me as unusual for a feature-heavy update. Most point releases are mainly bug fixes, but this one has official eGPU support which undoubtedly has some major driver and / or deep plumbing updates, plus cloud messages, a feature that is critical to get right.

    What driver / dev tool is giving you issues? I'm still on Sierra, but I was thinking of upgrading to High Sierra in another point release or two.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 26, 2018 ---
    That's pretty much been my MO for the last few releases. The new features in each new OS haven't been compelling enough for me to risk compromising my system's stability.

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