Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.6 update to developers for testing purposes, a week and a half releasing the third beta and over a month after releasing macOS Catalina 10.15.5 with battery health management features for Macs.

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The macOS Catalina 10.15.6 beta can be downloaded from the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after the proper profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center.

There's no word yet on what improvements the new update to macOS Catalina brings, but it likely includes performance improvements, security updates, and fixes for bugs that weren't able to be addressed in the previous update. No new features were found in the first three betas, but we'll update this article should anything new be found in the fourth beta.

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jb-net Avatar
17 months ago
Is Apple even interested in fixing all the bugs in Catalina or a the just working on their ARM project? There are so many open bugs in Catalina, its mind-blowing! :mad:
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ScooterComputer Avatar
17 months ago

There are so many open bugs in Catalina, its mind-blowing! :mad:
What’s especially infuriating to me, as a 2012 MacBook Pro user, is that Apple has ONCE AGAIN decided to abandon a large chunk of users on a really buggy OS. Last time it was High Sierra. At this point, it’s pretty naked they’re doing it to drive new sales, which is supremely scummy. Worse IMHO is that they are cleaving off good popular work horse Macs, while supporting 4 years of known-garbage MacBook keyboards and warmed-over hard-drive-based iMacs. It’s like I’m being punished for not being stupid and just buying whatever crap Apple decided to poop out since 2016.

The community needs to get smarter, more vocal over this nonsense; it’s getting worse, not better. This Exec Team is revealing itself to be despicable.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RLK7 Avatar
17 months ago
Be careful! With a 2018 MacBook Pro 15 it wont recognize your keyboard or trackpad so I can’t log in! Even safe mode doesn’t let you use the keyboard/mouse. How does something that basic get through even the first beta?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheSkywalker77 Avatar
17 months ago
Well, here goes what is likely one of the last updates to my 2012 MBP. It’s been a fun ride.


Time to wait for dosdude1’s Big Sur patcher! :)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dickie001x Avatar
17 months ago

I finally bit the bullet a few months ago and moved my Macs from High Sierra to Mojave - I wanted to see if there were going to be any glaring issues before High Sierra fell off the security fix wagon.

All in all, Mojave seems mostly reliable (which wasn't my experience with provisional installs of earlier versions of Mojave). Main difference from High Sierra is that it's a bit more locked down security-wise, you have sometimes to go into Security & Privacy preferences to authorize special access for certain apps when they're first installed. AND the biggest bugaboo there is that you don't always get a notification that you need to do that - but if you miss the initial 30 minute window to approve the app's access... you're SOL!!

(actually you're not completely SOL, you can usually completely uninstall the app, reboot and then reinstall to restart another 30-minute authorization window. But it can be a silent failure, with no explanation regarding why an app isn't functioning as expected).
Disable Gatekeeper with the following command in Teminal:

sudo spctl --master-disable
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TallGuyGT Avatar
17 months ago

Still running High Sierra here and will upgrade to Mojave when my apps end support for it and Apple requires 10.14 or later. My concern is, should I just leave my MBP 2015 at Mojave since it seems Catalina and later seems not be particularly worth it both feature and stability wise? All I've been hearing about Sierra since it was launched is stability issues and bugs.
Yes, I would stick with Mojave. My MBA is still on Mojave, unfortunately my 16" MBP only runs Catalina. I may try the Big Sur beta on the Air to see how it compares to Catalina. (don't want my primary machine on a beta) Hopefully Big Sur is an improvement ...
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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