Apple had originally stated that it was planning on releasing the first public beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina to the public beta testers sometime in July. That is also expected to be the case with the first public beta of iOS 13 as well. However, it turns out that Apple is ready to release the first Catalina public beta a little early.
Apple this week has seeded the first public beta of macOS Catalina to public beta testers. If you are not already part of the public beta program, you can sign up right here.
macOS Catalina is a major update for Apple and its desktop operating system, bringing with it a variety of new features. That includes a break up of the standard iTunes software, opting to launch three separate apps in its wake: Apple Podcasts, Apple Music, and Apple TV. Apple has already detailed the major changes related to this, which we’ve outlined here.
As is par for the course, with any first beta of any software, it’s definitely possible that the release has a variety of bugs and other issues that can plague performance. So if you do plan on trying the new software out, be aware of the potential issues.
As far as what’s new, there’s quite a bit in addition to what’s mentioned above. That includes a new Sidecar feature, which will allow macOS Catalina users to utilize their iPad as a secondary display. An Apple Watch will have additional authentication abilities with macOS Catalina as well, and the new Find My app will help folks find a lost Mac — even when it’s not on and running.
Do you plan on trying out the first public beta of macOS Catalina?