As we’re getting closer to the official release of macOS Catalina which is the latest version of the operating system that runs on Macs and MacBooks, Apple is keen for people to try out the software by releasing the macOS Catalina public beta.
Public betas are early versions of software which won’t include all of the features of the final release – and will possibly come with bugs and errors while the software is being finalised.
However, they are designed to allow users to access the software early, and highlight any problems they encounter. Apple will then address those issues before the official final release of macOS Catalina later this year. If the public beta does its job, it should mean that macOS Catalina will launch relatively problem-free.
However, due to the nature of public betas, it’s likely that some features won’t be fully implemented – or they might be unstable. If you don’t want your Mac or Macbook crashing at random times while you’re working, we’d strongly recommend waiting until the final stable release of macOS Catalina later this year.
Before the macOS Catalina public beta was released, there was the macOS 10.15 Developer Preview. This required you to enrol in the Apple Developer Program, which costs $100 (about £69, AU$140).
However, the public beta is free – so if you want to test out the new software right now, read on to find out how to download and install the macOS Catalina public beta.