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Apple Releases First Public Beta of macOS Mojave to Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave update to its public beta testing group, giving non-developers a chance to try out the software ahead of its fall public release. Today's public beta should be the same as the second developer beta, released last week.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will be able to download the macOS Mojave beta through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. As a word of warning, though, subsequent betas are installed in a different way, using the Software Update icon in System Preferences.


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 iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas.

Potential beta testers should make a full Time Machine backup before installing macOS Mojave, and it should not be installed on a primary machine because betas are unstable and often have many bugs.

macOS Mojave's main new feature is a systemwide Dark Mode, which gives Mac users a new way to view the operating system. A revamped Mac App Store makes it easier than ever to discover great apps, while Dynamic Desktops give you wallpapers that subtly change throughout the day.

An improved Finder window with Gallery View, Sidebar, Quick Look, and Quick Actions makes it easier to manipulate, edit, and organize your files, while Desktop Stacks organizes all of the files on your desktop.


The Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps have made their way to the Mac in Mojave, and for the first time, you can use Siri on Mac to control HomeKit products. Group FaceTime, an iOS 12 feature, is also available in Mojave and lets you chat with up to 32 people at one time.

Apple is keeping your data safer than ever with new security and privacy improvements, and Safari in macOS Mojave makes it much harder to track you through share/like buttons and via your system configuration.

macOS Mojave is compatible with 2015 and newer MacBooks, 2012 and newer MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac models, the 2017 iMac Pro, and Mac Pro models from late 2013 and mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with Metal-capable GPUs.

Mojave will be available in a beta capacity for the next several months so Apple can work out bugs ahead of a fall release.

Related Roundup: macOS Mojave


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12 weeks ago
MacOS Mojave. Inspired by the desert.

Because a vast, empty, lifeless wasteland truly captures how Apple feels about the Mac.
Rating: 88 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's sad the main new feature of an operating system is dark mode.

When Apple listens to the customer desires:
Customers: "Boooooooooo!!!"

When Apple doesn't listen to customer desires:
Customers: "Boooooooooo!!!".

...you people are unbelievable.
Rating: 44 Votes
12 weeks ago
It's sad the main new feature of an operating system is dark mode.
Rating: 40 Votes
12 weeks ago

Potential beta testers should make a full Time Machine backup before installing macOS Mojave ('https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/redemption#macos'), and it should not be installed on a primary machine because betas are unstable and often have many bugs.


Although true this is probably one of the most stable beta OS ever released, I have few problems here.

It's sad the main new feature of an operating system is dark mode.


Stability is more important.
Rating: 29 Votes
12 weeks ago
Don’t install if you have external drives with other operating systems and you need to boot from them.
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Did they fix the green button bug that hides the dock and file menu? Apple's been dodging that for years.
Did they fix the finder finally having cmd+x and cmd+v to move files from one location to another? How can you not follow a common command like that in something so critical like The Finder?


Those are the expected behaviors, and if you like Windows, then use Windows and you get windows behavior. You always complain about Apple as a company, Apple hardware and Apple software anyways.

Everybody knows you don't want anything from Apple.

You surely don't even use a Mac, because you can set the green button to just maximize.

And Cmd+X would be stupid, because Cmd+X deletes the selection right aways, and that's not what happens on Finder on any file manager when you select "cut".
Rating: 26 Votes
12 weeks ago

How poetic. How untrue.


Well according to Tim Cook "I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?"

So there you have it straight from the Ass' mouth or Horse's ass. Apple (since of course the CEO speaks for the company) does not believe anyone should buy a mac.

What's even more pathetic is Timmy "feels bad for" people stuck on a 5 year old windows computer. When Apple is currently selling as "new" mac pros that are more than 5 years old at the original price. And mac minis that are 4 years old and a downgrade from the 6 year old design. At the original price.

How can you possibly think my original statement is untrue. Apple has been 100% clear on that point for years. They don't want to sell you a mac, they want to sell you an iPad with an Apple Music account.

And don't forget "What's a computer?". Nobody at Apple has a clue.
Rating: 25 Votes
12 weeks ago

When Apple listens to the customer desires:
Customers: "Boooooooooo!!!"

When Apple doesn't listen to customer desires:
Customers: "Boooooooooo!!!".

...you people are unbelievable.


You're deliberately mis-stating things. Nobody is complaining about dark mode, some people are happy it's coming, some people don't care one way or the other.

People are complaining that Apple is so incapable of creating anything these days that a new color scheme counts as a flagship feature. Even if you've been asking for dark mode for years, that's still pretty pathetic of Apple.
Rating: 20 Votes
12 weeks ago

It's sad the main new feature of an operating system is dark mode.


People were asking for it, they delivered. But they will keep facing flak one way or the other. :p
Rating: 17 Votes
12 weeks ago

MacOS Mojave. Inspired by the desert.

Because a vast, empty, lifeless wasteland truly captures how Apple feels about the Mac.


How poetic. How untrue.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 weeks ago

People that use and care about the Mac should be fine with no new features on a major release as long as stability is the focus. With Mojave it is.


Agreed, well said.
Rating: 11 Votes

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