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

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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11 weeks 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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11 weeks 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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11 weeks 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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11 weeks ago
Another large download...4.99 GB.
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11 weeks 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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11 weeks 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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11 weeks ago


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


The whole point is to test things, see that they're broken, and find ways to fix them, not prioritize software so that it works on a production machine. Quite literally anything that is important for production should not be running on a beta OS.

"Fancy apple releasing a new OS" this is unnecessarily condescending and shows that you're probably not the type of person who should be installing OS betas. They have not released anything, they've opened this for testing, which is always brought with the red tape of "don't use this on anything important to you."

Anyone who has the presence of mind to install a macOS dev beta should be running a separate partition for this purpose, or accept the consequences of running it on their daily driver. If they don't then they don't have any business running this.

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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


A fair point, but then this should be running on a separate partition, with constant backups such that if a show-stopper is encountered, one can simply pickup the task on the stable release and get their work done.
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11 weeks ago


Why are you installing betas on your workmachine?

Ill never understand why people don’t throw beta OSes into an external volume. Apple makes it so easy!
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11 weeks ago


It is My opinion that what they are doing with Catalina Could be the death on the Mac as a business computer it all seems to be about Apple TV music etc. Read am article from a third party hardware manufacture advising customers NOT to upgrade to Catalina
[URL unfurl="true"]https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expert-1/2019/9/18/brands-are-already-issuing-warnings-about-not-upgrading-to-macos-catalina[/URL]


Geezus, it's a change to 64 bit computing. Yeah, they don't want to recode. DUH.
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11 weeks ago


It is My opinion that what they are doing with Catalina Could be the death on the Mac as a business computer it all seems to be about Apple TV music etc. Read am article from a third party hardware manufacture advising customers NOT to upgrade to Catalina
[URL unfurl="true"]https://www.pro-tools-expert.com/production-expert-1/2019/9/18/brands-are-already-issuing-warnings-about-not-upgrading-to-macos-catalina[/URL]

These all seem to be either Driver or 64-Bit related issues. This is the norm for each release of macOS
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