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Apple Releases Second macOS Sierra Public Beta

Apple today released the second public beta of macOS Sierra, the newest operating system designed for the Mac. Today's second public beta comes two weeks after the release of the first macOS Sierra public beta and just a few days after the launch of the third developer beta of macOS Sierra. The second public beta and the third developer beta offer the same features.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the macOS Sierra beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

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macOS Sierra is a significant update that brings Siri to the Mac, allowing users to conduct voice searches to find files, look up information, and more. New Continuity features include an "Auto Unlock" option for unlocking a Mac with an Apple Watch, and a Universal Clipboard for copy paste that works across multiple devices.

Deeper iCloud integration makes files stored on the desktop or the Documents folder of a Mac available on all of a user's devices, and Photos features new deep learning algorithms for facial, object, and scene recognition. Messages includes rich links, bigger emoji, and "Tapback" response options, and the macOS Sierra update will bring Apple Pay to the web.

For full details on all of the new features included in macOS Sierra, make sure to check out our macOS Sierra roundup.


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30 months ago

Ill wait for the next one and then DL it. I'm excited tbh about this release.


Actually I lied, i took the plunge!
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30 months ago
Yaaaas, finally. Waited for the second beta and downloading Sierra for the first time.

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30 months ago
I just don't trust iCloud. I have no intention of ever switching away from Dropbox.
Rating: 1 Votes
30 months ago

Public Beta 2 seems to be chewing up my memory. I have 16 GB, have only Safari, Mail, and Activity Monitor running, and have only 5 GB free. I've logged in and out and restarted to no avail.


I have 32GB of Ram and 12.6 GB Active and 2.3 GB wired only running FireFox and calendar.
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30 months ago
Public Beta 2 seems to be chewing up my memory. I have 16 GB, have only Safari, Mail, and Activity Monitor running, and have only 5 GB free. I've logged in and out and restarted to no avail.
Rating: 1 Votes
30 months ago

It keeps giving me an error during installation that says it cannot be verified. Not sure if it is just me or what to even do about that


Same here.
Downloaded twice already.
Downloading a third time as I type :)
Rating: 1 Votes
30 months ago

I've been using PIA with the built-in VPN settings since upgrading to Sierra. Tunnelblick has been very unreliable. The only downside is that I have to manually connect/reconnect every time the computer reboots or is unlocked . . .


Use Viscosity! Works great with PIA and is easy to use.
Rating: 1 Votes
30 months ago

I hope they fix issues with Adobe CC programs in this.


Agreed but it is not just CC apps with problems, mostly print related and using graphic co-processing as accelerator, it is also older Adobe apps like Acrobat X Pro (10.1.16), where the printing is 100% broken. I am not going to update to Acrobat DC - it is just too expensive and X Pro does everything I need.

PB2 did not want to download, as update to PB1, so downloading whole OS at the moment 4.86GB, Assume current OS download will be PB2.
Rating: 1 Votes
30 months ago

Is the on/off Switch for time machine in system preferences no longer a feature or is it a glitch with my beta?

I think it's gone. I just see a check box with "Backup Automatically".
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30 months ago
Still haven't fixed my issue. Saving a file always goes to the wrong folder :(
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