In addition to the initial iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas, Apple today released the first publicly available build of macOS Catalina for testing on the Mac before it’s rolled out to the general public this fall. The beta was originally scheduled to come out in July, but Apple decided to push up the release date as we’re seeing today.
macOS Catalina has a pretty decent list of new features that will be brought to compatible Mac laptops and desktops. Here’s a rundown of some of the most anticipated.
- New Music, TV, and Podcasts apps
- iPad app support thanks to Project Catalyst
- Sidecar: allowing you to use an iPad as a secondary monitor for your MacBook
- All-new Photos app w/ better editing tools
- Updated versions of Notes and Safari
- Screen Time metrics
- All-new Reminders app
- Better privacy features
- All-new Find My app
- Sign In with Apple log-in method
- Voice Control
If you’d like to install the first Catalina public beta on your Mac, you’ll have to go to beta.apple.com through Safari and sign up for the beta program. Afterward, you’ll have to install a configuration profile which gives you access to public beta OTAs. Afterward, just reboot your Mac and update it as you normally would.