Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Update to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Tuesday March 10, 2020 10:03 AM PDT by Juli Clover

Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming macOS 10.15.4 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the fourth beta and over a month after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.3.


The ‌‌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 10.15.4 includes Screen Time Communication Limits, a feature first brought to the iPhone in the iOS 13.3 update, and it brings a new Head Pointer Accessibility option that allows the cursor to be controlled with head movements using the Mac's camera.

Real-time lyrics are included in macOS 10.15.4, bringing an iOS feature introduced in iOS 13 to the Mac. Real-time lyrics allow the lyrics for a song to scroll in real-time to the music so you can follow along with what's being sung.

References to AMD processors have also been discovered in the macOS 10.15.4 beta, leading to speculation that Apple is working on AMD-based Macs, but these references could simply be for internal testing rather than evidence of an AMD Mac.

Though not directly part of ‌macOS Catalina‌ 10.15.4, Apple is adding a new universal purchase option for macOS and iOS apps, which will allow Apple device users to purchase one app that works across multiple platforms.

Related Roundup: macOS Catalina

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3 weeks ago
Installing right now to see if it fix the issue with the new MacBook Pro 16-inch with an external monitor connected.
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3 weeks ago
Why oh WHY do we STILL not have grouped notifications in Notification Center, like on iOS & WatchOS?!

Sad Apple, they way you neglect the Mac.
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3 weeks ago


Fix the slow boot up?

Not slow at all for me. I did a clean install 6 months ago, was having slow boot up issues prior. also cleaned up a lot of crap that programs had stuffed into startup, and fixed security issues. WTF does Google updater need to control the computer?
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Itunes has just been getting worse every beta, the minelayer can't be resized, it not playing when the play button is hit, fix that crap will ya.

iTunes? We are talking about Catalina - iTunes is gone! Music works great. did you mean mini player, not minelayer? it resizes just fine. Play button works too. I have no idea where you are coming from. But seeing you are talking iTunes, maybe you are not using Catalina?
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3 weeks ago
Fix the slow boot up?
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3 weeks ago


Why oh WHY do we STILL not have grouped notifications in Notification Center, like on iOS & WatchOS?!

Sad Apple, they way you neglect the Mac.

The amount of people who actually use Notification Centre on the Mac is a lot smaller than people who use it on iOS and watchOS, which may be why it hasn't gotten grouped notifications yet. I do agree that it should happen, but I wouldn't say they've neglected the Mac.
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Fix the slow boot up?

AND the strong tendency to reboot instead of shut down when told to shut down!
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