If you watched Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote, saw the macOS Mojave reveal, and said, “I can’t wait!” well, you don’t have to wait anymore—if you’re willing to run beta software. Apple has released the macOS Mojave Public Beta for anyone willing to try the new Mac operating system before it is officially released this fall.
Why would you want to run a beta operating system? If you’re a developer, you’ll want to see how your product can use the new features. But if you’re a regular user like me, it’s a opportunity to try the new features and see how the OS works with your current apps and hardware. Here’s what you need to know about the Public Beta.
What is the macOS Mojave Public Beta?
macOS Mojave is the next version of the Mac operating system. Apple is making a public beta version available for people to try out, test against their favorite software, and report bugs to the company. The final version will be available this fall.
Since this is beta software, there’s a good chance it could cause problems on your Mac. You may encounter frequent freezes and crashes, or your apps may not work. Don’t count on it being stable enough to use all the time.
Should you install the macOS Mojave Public Beta?
You should not install the beta on a production Mac or any other Mac you depend on and need to keep running. If you’re worried that a beta flaw will prevent you from using your Mac, don’t install it.
If you do decide to try the beta, you can provide Apple with valuable feedback. Install it on a Mac that you consider a secondary computer.
What should you do before installing it?
Back up your Mac. You can use Time Machine or whatever backup setup you already have. You need a backup you can use that you can revert to in case you need to stop using the beta and need to restore your system.
How to get the macOS Mojave Public Beta
Sign up for the public beta program online here. You will need to use your Apple ID to sign up.
Which Macs are compatible with macOS Mojave?
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
- Mac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)
How to uninstall the macOS Mojave beta
If you try out the beta and decide later that you don’t want to use it anymore and want to go back to macOS High Sierra, Apple has instructions on How to unenroll from the public beta and how to restore your system.
What happens when the final version ships in the fall?
You can continue to use the public beta. You’ll get beta version of Mojave updates when they become available. If you want to get rid of the beta and install the final version, you can by downloading the macOS Mojave installer in the App Store.