Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of macOS Mojave to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the eighth beta of an upcoming macOS Mojave update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing the seventh beta and more than two months after introducing the software at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

macOS Mojave introduces a new method of installing software updates, so after you've installed the initial beta using the appropriate profile from the Developer Center, additional betas can be downloaded through opening up System Preferences and choosing the "Software Update" icon.


Apple's macOS Mojave update introduces a systemwide Dark Mode, with Mojave users able to choose between a light theme or the new dark theme, which changes the color of the dock, menu bar, apps, and other elements. Dark Mode is accompanied by Dynamic Desktops, aka wallpapers that subtly change throughout the day. Additional wallpapers were introduced in the fourth and fifth betas.

Stacks, a new desktop organization system, keeps all of your desktop files neat and organized, while Finder has been enhanced with a Gallery View, a Sidebar, a revamped Quick Look option and Quick Actions, so you can do more in the Finder window than ever before.

Screenshots can now be edited using Markup tools and a new management options that also allow for easy screen recording, while Continuity camera, a new feature, allows you to import photos and document scans directly from an iPhone or iPad to the Mac.

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The Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos apps have been ported from iOS to macOS as part of a multiyear project Apple is working on to make it easier to bring iOS apps to Macs, and Apple has introduced several new privacy protections to keep your data safer than ever.

Apple is also making it harder for websites to track you with a range of new Safari tools, and it's also easier to make and store secure, hard-to-guess passwords for each and every website.

Apple has added an entirely revamped Mac App Store to macOS Mojave that makes it easier to discover apps with a featured section and specific categories for games, creative apps, productivity apps, apps for developers, and more.

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macOS Mojave was initially supposed to include a Group FaceTime feature that includes support for chatting with up to 32 people at one time, but it was removed in macOS Mojave beta 7 and the feature won't be available until later in the year.

macOS Mojave is available to developers and public beta testers to work out bugs and other issues ahead of an upcoming fall public release.

Update: Apple has also made a new beta of macOS Mojave available to its public beta testers.

Top Rated Comments

nortonandreev Avatar
32 months ago

So what’s the verdict been so far? Better than Sierra/High Sierra or worse? I’m excited for the extra 1st party apps and the dynamic wallpaper as well as dark mode more than anything else.

Does anyone know if emulators like OpenEmu and MAME are still working in the Mojave beta? I am a retro gaming fanatic and if they’re broken because of OpenGL then I’ll have to stay away until they hopefully port everything to Metal but that will take a lot of time or maybe never happen since it’s a lot of work just to support the Mac when the majority of people out there are running Windows. May have to set up a Bootcamp partition after all.

I don't think I have had much troubles with Sierra and High Sierra, so cannot say if it's better performance wise, but it's not worse for sure. I really enjoy the new features, such as the dark mode. Also, it they have tweaked the GUI a bit, so even the light mode looks more modern (for example Safari, Finder and etc.). It is stable enough even since the first betas, so I would say it's my favourite macOS version and I'm really happy with it.
I cannot say anything about the emulators and, when it comes to Bootcamp, from my experience it's not a good idea to use it while the macOS is in beta, especially if you want to install the latest build of Windows.
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pnoyblazed Avatar
32 months ago
build 18A371a
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Guy Clark Avatar
32 months ago

is that the build # version for DB or PB

Both.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
uneeko1ne Avatar
32 months ago
Installing Public Beta
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zmon Avatar
32 months ago

So what’s the verdict been so far? Better than Sierra/High Sierra or worse? I’m excited for the extra 1st party apps and the dynamic wallpaper as well as dark mode more than anything else.

Does anyone know if emulators like OpenEmu and MAME are still working in the Mojave beta? I am a retro gaming fanatic and if they’re broken because of OpenGL then I’ll have to stay away until they hopefully port everything to Metal but that will take a lot of time or maybe never happen since it’s a lot of work just to support the Mac when the majority of people out there are running Windows. May have to set up a Bootcamp partition after all.

I've had no trouble with it so far. Clearly had some bugs in the earlier builds, but they've all seem to have been fixed so far. I've had no trouble using Bootcamp though regardless of the beta version. I haven't checked OpenEmu/MAME yet, but VBA-M works fine which it uses OpenGL. OpenGL is simply depreciated now, and Apple has told developers to start moving to Metal, but it still works fine. Most likely OpenGL will be gone in 10.15/10.16 though.
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Ritsuka Avatar
32 months ago
OpenEmu doesn't work right now because it uses a private api that changed a bit, not because of OpenGL.
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