macOS 10.13 Beta 4 - Daily Driver?

greg624

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I downgraded from Beta 3 to 10.12.6, due to Logic Pro X not working. Also, battery life was way better and the computer ran a little cooler on Sierra. I also couldn't partition my drive using Boot Camp on 10.13, with an APFS volume. I am considering going back to Beta 4, but staying on HFS+. I am using a 2017 MacBook Pro. From experience, can someone tell me if Beta 4 is good as a daily driver? If people with Boot Camp partitions have updated to High Sierra and if it has affected that partition at all? Do people use APFS much or on the beta have stayed on HFS+? Thank you.
 

robert1998

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My macbook is running kinda hot on High Sierra even on Beta 4...
I don't know if it my mac...but anybody can tell us if your macbooks are getting hot ?
 

nutmac

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IMO, beta 4 (or PB3) is the first macOS High Sierra beta that deserve near-daily driver quality designation. That isn't to say there isn't app compatibility or weird APFS issues, but it is largely stable, fast, and good battery life.
 

greg624

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IMO, beta 4 (or PB3) is the first macOS High Sierra beta that deserve near-daily driver quality designation. That isn't to say there isn't app compatibility or weird APFS issues, but it is largely stable, fast, and good battery life.
Do you think I should stay on HFS+ because I have a bootcamp partition? Or change it to APFS. I feel like if I do the switch again back to APFS, it might damage my bootcamp partition.

Does anyone else have experience with High Sierra and a bootcamp partition?
 

nutmac

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Do you think I should stay on HFS+ because I have a bootcamp partition? Or change it to APFS. I feel like if I do the switch again back to APFS, it might damage my bootcamp partition.
I don't run Boot Camp so I can't say for sure.

My issues with APFS are (1) storing iTunes media to external APFS disk, (2) can't use external APFS disk for for Time Machine, (3) free disk space isn't always being reclaimed, (4) until DP4/PB3, fsck/Disk Utility would often freeze on APFS.
 

eoblaed

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I'm running it on my 2016 MBP and my late 2013 Mac Pro (both on APFS) with no issues that would concern me at this point. All the important stuff I need works, performance is great.

The previous beta caused Mail on my MBP to go nuts, but that seems to have been resolved. All in all, pretty happy. It hasn't been a full day on this build yet, but so far I don't see any red flags or anything that has me regretting my decision.
 

LarryJoe33

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I am using it as my daily driver on my system (in signature). I have pretty much no significant issues with PB3 so far. The significant issue I had in PB2 was Safari killing the CPU at 100% spikes and subsequently killing my battery. This seems resolved in PB4.

I am using HFS+ solely because I have been unable to convert my internal SDD boot drive. All the builds so far return an error fail code (69853). Probably a blessing in disguise. My 'daily driver" is used for basic stuff like message, mail, web, office apps (run fine), calendar, etc. Depending on what you do YMMV. Rock stable for me.
 

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