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Apple today seeded the sixth beta of an upcoming macOS 10.15.4 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fifth beta and over a month after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.3.

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The ‌‌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 10.15.4 includes Screen Time Communication Limits, a feature first brought to the iPhone in the iOS 13.3 update, and it brings a new Head Pointer Accessibility option that allows the cursor to be controlled with head movements using the Mac's camera.

Real-time lyrics are included in macOS 10.15.4, bringing an iOS feature introduced in iOS 13 to the Mac. Real-time lyrics allow the lyrics for a song to scroll in real-time to the music so you can follow along with what's being sung.

References to AMD processors have also been discovered in the macOS 10.15.4 beta, leading to speculation that Apple is working on AMD-based Macs, but these references could simply be for internal testing rather than evidence of an AMD Mac.

Though not directly part of macOS Catalina 10.15.4, Apple is adding a new universal purchase option for macOS and iOS apps, which will allow Apple device users to purchase one app that works across multiple platforms.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Update to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
 
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ThunderSkunk

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Hopefully this fixes the inability of my new $4000 MacBook Pro to locate its keyboard & trackpad, or its network shares after switching networks, or launch applications without an internet connection, or reboot successfully without hanging and crashing first, etc etc etc

Catalina has been a total pita. If there were any way to get Mojave on a MBP16, this would be the best computer I’ve ever owned, instead of making me increasingly bitter about my purchase every time I use it.
 

007Josef

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Hopefully this fixes being able to change mail to automatic syncing again...... who in this age wants manual mail syncing yuk.......I cannot remember a recent macOS with so many annoying bugs... nor seeing so many responses to a new update starting "hopefully".......speaks volumes I think
 

Mick-Mac

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Looking forward to OS X Catalina officially coming out of beta when 10.15.4 releases.
 

Freeangel1

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I guess 10.15.4 should release towards the end of the month then.

I'm all for AMD processors!! ???????

after all PS5 and the new Xbox have chosen the AMD zen II. Hoping for thread ripper!!!!
 
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iMi

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Ryzen Mac sounds awesome. I'm down.

It would be super great if Apple would finally revamp Mail. It has gotten so long in the tooth. It's missing ton of features and the way it handles attachments, well we all know how much that sucks. It's really an outdated client. Time to revamp it, Apple.
 
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kemo

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Any updates regarding the dGPU excessive power consupmtion with external display?


 
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BWhaler

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Hoping this is finally a commercial grade release. Catalina is still a shaky beta at best right now. Fingers crossed...
 
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jpallarest

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At least the sound popping (YouTube, etc.) is fixed here. Not sure about the random GUI/cursor freeze when using the iGPU or automatic graphics switching issue. Still testing for this one (new MBP 16)
 
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xSeaside

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Lol and here I was thinking itˋs been almost 6 months, surely Catalina can‘t be that bad and I could finally upgrade from Mojave.

Quite a few a very annoying bugs still seem to be present. Yikes.
 
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kemo

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Lol and here I was thinking itˋs been almost 6 months, surely Catalina can‘t be that bad and I could finally upgrade from Mojave.

Quite a few a very annoying bugs still seem to be present. Yikes.

I wouldn't even bother upgrading to Catalina. Due to persistent issues on MBP 15" 2017 I was kinda forced to move on. 16" is great machine with its own set of problems - hardware/software.

Good old days when Snow Leopard was tuned to perfection and hardware was quite solid.
 
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justperry

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I wouldn't even bother upgrading to Catalina. Due to persistent issues on MBP 15" 2017 I was kinda forced to move on. 16" is great machine with its own set of problems - hardware/software.

Good old days when Snow Leopard was tuned to perfection and hardware was quite solid.

Mojave was far better than Snow Leopard ever was, it was very stable from even the first betas, Snow Leopard wasn't, only in the later versions it was stable and became on of Apple's best OS'es.
 
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