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It was expected that the public beta programme for Apple’s next iteration of the operating system for the Mac and iOS devices would be available in July, but turns out, the programme has gone live almost 2 whole weeks early. If you’re eager to test drive the new version of MacOS, you can do so rather easily. However, there are a number of things, you need to know before you go ahead and install a beta operating system on your machine. In this story, we will guide you on how to Install MacOS Catalina on your Mac, including everything to keep in mind before doing so. So Let’s begin.
Disclaimer: As a general rule of thumb, we strongly recommend against installing any kind of Beta, public or otherwise on a device that is your daily driver.
No point wasting time trying to get onto the MacOS Catalina Public Beta if you don’t have a supported machine. Here’s a list of all the Apple computers that are compatible with the Public Beta program.
Its nice to see Apple supporting Macs almost 7 years old with the new operating system. Of course, they may not perform as well as some of the newer machines, but that’s something we’ll only know about when the final version of the OS rolls out. If you have any of the above machines, you can get your dirty mitts on the newest (and definitely buggy) MacOS Catalina public beta.
Before you actually install the new operating system, we strongly recommend creating a Time Machine backup of your system, so that you can recover your machine to a stable state. Additionally, we very strongly advice installing MacOS Catalina on a secondary partition, so as to not disturb the stability of your machine. This is of course assuming you are installing the MacOS Catalina Public Beta on your primary machine, despite knowing better.
Once your system is backed up and ready, you can follow the below steps to update to the MacOS Catalina Public Beta
Once MacOS Catalina is installed on your machine, you may notice some irregularities in performance and stability of apps. This is to be expected. Also, you will be prompted for OS updated in the Public Beta Program as and when Apple releases them. What this also means is that You will be part of the Public Beta program even after the final build of MacOS Catalina ships. If you want to move to the stable, commercial release of the OS, you can do so by unenroling your device. Once unenroled, you will get the commercial version of the OS when Apple pushes out an update.
In the event that you are unhappy with how your Mac is performing on the MacOS Catalina Public Beta operating system, you can go back to the stable version by restoring from the Time Machine backup. However, it is slightly more complicated. Going back to MacOS Mojave (or any older MacOS), will require you to first wipe your primary drive entirely, boot into recovery and then restore from the Time Machine backup you created. We really hope you create this backup otherwise you won’t be able to roll back while keeping your data intact.
As always, beta software is always buggy in some way or the other and again, we cannot stress enough the importance of creating a time machine backup before embarking on this new adventure.
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