MacOS Catalina 10.15 Beta 5 Download Available
Apple has released MacOS Catalina 10.15 beta 5 to users enrolled in the developer beta testing program. A developer beta release usually arrives first and is soon followed by the accompanying public beta build.
Separately, Apple has released downloads for iOS 13 beta 5 and ipadOS 13 beta 5 for beta testers, along with new beta builds for tvOS and watchOS.
Mac users who are currently running MacOS Catalina developer beta can find the latest fifth beta available to download now from Software Update in the System Preferences panel on their Mac.
As always, backup a Mac before installing any system software version. Backing up is extra important when running beta software.
MacOS Catalina includes various new features for the Mac, including updates to bundled apps like Photos, Notes and Reminders, an ability to use iPad as a secondary display for the Mac, the splitting of iTunes into three separate apps for Music, TV, and Podcasts, the moving of iOS device management to Finder, a new screen saver option, tightened security, the lack of support for 32-bit apps, and much more.
Technically speaking, any Mac user can choose to become a beta tester for MacOS Catalina, either by paying the annual membership fee to join the developer program, or by enrolling in the free public beta testing program.
Savvy users can learn how to install MacOS Catalina public beta here if that interests you, but be forewarned that beta testing any system software is only appropriate for advanced users, with sufficient backups of all data, and preferably on secondary computers and hardware.
Likewise, it’s possible to beta test iOS and iPadOS 13 too, and interested advanced users can read how to install iPadOS 13 public beta and follow a guide to install iOS 13 public beta on iPhone too if doing so compels them.
Apple has stated the final version of MacOS Catalina will be available to the general public in the fall of 2019, likely in the same time frame as the final versions of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.