Apple Seeds Second Public Beta of macOS 14.5

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.5 update to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the software ahead of its launch. The public beta comes two weeks after Apple released the first public beta.

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Beta testers can opt-in through the Software Update section of the System Settings app. Under Beta updates, simply toggle on the Sonoma Public Beta. Note that you must sign up to participate on Apple's beta testing website.

There have been no new features found in the ‌macOS Sonoma‌ 14.5 developer betas so far, and Apple listed no additions in its release notes. It is likely that the update focuses on bug fixes and other small under-the-hood improvements.

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Top Rated Comments

Siliconguy Avatar
5 weeks ago
"small under-the-hood improvements."

Given the mess the previous "small under-the-hood improvements" in 14.4 made that is not exactly reassuring.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
5 weeks ago
In usage beta 2 has been working better then beta 1 for me. Check your various browsers speed with speedometer3. The recent Firefox v125.0.1 is holding its own as it been made 25 % faster after compared to Safari Version 17.5 (19618.2.7.11.1) and Blave Version 1.64.122 Chromium: 123.0.6312.122 (Official Build) (arm64).

Released to devs yesterday

* iOS 17.5 beta 2 (21F5058e) - April 16, 2024
* iPadOS 17.5 beta 2 (21F5058e) - April 16, 2024
* macOS 14.5 beta 2 (23F5059e) - April 16, 2024
* tvOS 17.5 beta 2 (21L5553e) - April 16, 2024
* visionOS 1.2 beta 2 (21O5565d) - April 16, 2024
* watchOS 10.5 beta 2 (21T5555d) - April 16, 2024

OTA for M1 was 1.84 GB
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Edgecrusherr Avatar
5 weeks ago
I’d like to see them do major under-the-hood improvements
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
strangeengine Avatar
5 weeks ago
Anyone else seeing Time Machine failing to back up (endless Preparing Backup) on the 14.5 PBs?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yukari Avatar
4 days ago at 11:00 am
That's not beta.
14.5 was released last week.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-releases-macos-sonoma-14-5-with-apple-news-improvements.2426206/
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
strangeengine Avatar
5 weeks ago

Anyone else seeing Time Machine failing to back up (endless Preparing Backup) on the 14.5 PBs?
This turned out to be a corrupted backup file. I've seen that happen a couple of times over the years with new PB updates.

Anyway, deleting the backup file and setting up a new one has Time Machine backing up again.
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