Apple Seeds macOS Catalina Beta 9 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

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Apple today seeded the ninth beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina to developers, two weeks after seeding the eighth macOS Catalina beta and over three months after the new Mac operating system update was first unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

The new macOS Catalina beta can be downloaded using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper software from the Developer Center.


‌macOS Catalina‌ eliminates the iTunes app, splitting it into Music, Podcasts, and TV apps. The three new apps offer similar functionality to iTunes, but are split up by feature. iOS device management is still available on the Mac, but it's now done through the Finder rather than iTunes.

With a new Sidecar feature, you can turn your iPad into a second display for your Mac with just the click of a button. The Apple Pencil works with ‌Sidecar‌, so you can turn your ‌iPad‌ into a drawing tablet in apps like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Your Apple Watch can be used to approve security prompts for passwords and other info in ‌macOS Catalina‌, and Macs with a T2 chip now support Activation Lock, making them more secure. There's a new Find My that brings the ‌Find My‌ Mac app to the Mac for the first time and even lets you track your devices when they're offline, or, in the case of notebooks, closed.

Screen Time is available on the Mac as well as iOS devices, and Project Catalyst, a new Apple initiative, will let developers easily port their ‌iPad‌ apps over to the Mac to increase the number of Mac apps available.

There's a new Photos interface that surfaces your best photos organized by day, month, or year, there's a new start page in Safari, Mail has new tools for muting email threads and blocking senders, and the Reminders app has been overhauled.

32-bit apps no longer work in ‌macOS Catalina‌, which is something to be aware of before installing the beta.

For more details on ‌macOS Catalina‌, make sure to check out our macOS Catalina roundup. Apple is planning to release ‌macOS Catalina‌ sometime in October, with no specific launch date announced as of yet.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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9 months ago


Really hope this fixes Final Cut Pro X. I haven't been able to work since DB8 :(

Why are you installing betas on your workmachine?
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9 months ago


Really hope this fixes Final Cut Pro X. I haven't been able to work since DB8 :(


4.99gb it bloody better fix FCP. Fancy apple releasing a new OS an not making FCP as a priority compatible.

Beta Software is Beta.
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9 months ago
Upgrade come in at 4.99gb New full installer come out at 8.8GB build number = 19A573a Previous 19A558d which put this 15 Builds ahead of previous beta. And yes I had to take my shoes a socks of so I could work that out Needed 5 toes.
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9 months ago
Another large download...4.99 GB.
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9 months ago


Really hope this fixes Final Cut Pro X. I haven't been able to work since DB8 :(

...I really hope you are not using the beta on the only computer you have to use for your paying clients. :(
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9 months ago


Why are you installing betas on your workmachine?

Because it’s the only way to properly test a beta.
You will *never* find all the glitches and quirks if you don’t *work* as normal on it.

/IMHO
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