In­stall Pub­lic Beta on a Mac

Join the Beta Soft­ware Program and you’ll get ac­cess to the macOS Mo­jave Pub­lic Beta. Ro­man Loy­ola shows how

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If you watched Ap­ple’s WWDC 2018 key­note, saw the macOS Mo­jave re­veal, and said, “I can’t wait” well, you don’t have to wait any­more – if you’re will­ing to run beta soft­ware. Ap­ple has re­leased the macOS Mo­jave Pub­lic Beta for any­one will­ing to try the new Mac op­er­at­ing sys­tem be­fore it is of­fi­cially re­leased this au­tumn.

Why would you want to run a beta op­er­at­ing sys­tem? If you’re a devel­oper, you’ll want to see how your prod­uct can use the new fea­tures. But if you’re a reg­u­lar user like me, it’s an op­por­tu­nity to try the new fea­tures and see how the OS works with your cur­rent apps and hard­ware. Here’s what you need to know about the Pub­lic Beta.

What is the Pub­lic Beta?

macOS Mo­jave is the next ver­sion of the Mac op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Ap­ple is mak­ing a pub­lic beta ver­sion avail­able for peo­ple to try out, test against their favourite soft­ware, and report bugs to the com­pany. The fi­nal ver­sion will be avail­able this au­tumn. Since this is beta soft­ware, there’s a good chance that it could cause prob­lems on your Mac. You may en­counter fre­quent freezes and crashes, or your apps may not work. Don’t count on it be­ing sta­ble enough to use all the time.

Should you in­stall it?

You should not in­stall the beta on a pro­duc­tion Mac or any other Mac you de­pend on and need to keep run­ning. If you’re wor­ried that a beta flaw will pre­vent you from us­ing your Mac, don’t in­stall it.

If you do de­cide to try the beta, you can pro­vide Ap­ple with valu­able feed­back. In­stall it on a Mac that you con­sider a sec­ondary com­puter.

What you should do be­fore in­stalling it

Back up your Mac. You can use Time Ma­chine or what­ever backup setup you al­ready have. You need

a backup you can use that you can re­vert to in

case you need to stop us­ing the beta and need to

re­store your sys­tem.

How to get the Pub­lic Beta

You can sign up here – tinyurl.com/pf­fuwnz. You will

need to use your Ap­ple ID to sign up.

Com­pat­i­ble Macs

• MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)

• MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)

• MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)

• Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)

• iMac (Late 2012 or newer)

• Mac Pro (2017)

• Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 mod­els with rec­om­mended Metal-ca­pa­ble GPU)

How to unin­stall the beta

If you try out the beta and de­cide later that you don’t want to use it any­more and want to go back to macOS High Sierra, Ap­ple has in­struc­tions on how to un­en­roll from the pub­lic beta (fave.co/2L6­duLc) and how to re­store your sys­tem (fave.co/2LvO85s).

What hap­pens when the fi­nal ver­sion ships?

You can con­tinue to use the pub­lic beta. You’ll get beta ver­sion of Mo­jave up­dates when they be­come avail­able. If you want to get rid of the beta and in­stall the fi­nal ver­sion, you can by down­load­ing the macOS Mo­jave in­staller in the App Store.

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