OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 7 & Public Beta 5 Released for Mac Testers
Apple has released OS X El Capitan Developer Beta 7 alongside OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 for users participating in the beta testing programs for Mac system software. And yes, it’s basically the same Public Beta 5 that was released and then pulled yesterday. It’s unclear why the initial release of El Capitan Public Beta 5 was removed.
The new OS X 10.11 build arrives as 15A263e for the 7th El Capitan Developer version and 15A262e for the 5th version of the Public Beta, making the latter build slightly different from the release which appeared and disappeared, which was offered as build 15A262c. Whether anything is actually different between the two releases other than the build number remains to be seen.
Apple recommends that all Mac users participating in either beta testing program for Mac OS X install the update onto their testing workstations.
As usual, the OS X beta downloads are available from the Mac App Store Updates tab, both the developer and public beta releases weigh in around 2GB and require a reboot to complete installation.
Thus far Apple has only stated that OS X El Capitan would be released in the fall as a free download. Assuming Apple follows their last few launch cycles, OS X El Capitan is likely to be given a specific launch date or even released next month alongside iOS 9 and the iPhone 6s.
The system requirements for running OS X El Capitan are fairly lenient, as it’s able to run on all Macs that have been eligible for the prior Mavericks and Yosemite releases.
The most recent stable version of OS X available to the public remains 10.10.5.