Apple has released the public beta for macOS Mojave, the version 10.14 of Apple's desktop OS. Developers and early adopters who are interested in testing it out—along with all the new productivity features that come with it—can do so starting today.
Apple has said that not all Macs are compatible, though the list of those compatible should exclude all but the oldest machines: Macs introduced mid-2012 or later, that have Metal-compatible graphics cards can install the macOS Mojave beta. Keep in mind that based on the speed of your machine, location, or language some features may not be available.
So far, the following Macs should be able to run the public beta:
- iMac, late 2012 or newer
- iMac Pro, late 2017 or newer
- MacBook, early 2015 or newer
- MacBook Air, mid 2012 or newer
- MacBook Pro, mid 2012 or newer
- Mac Mini, late 2012 or newer
- Mac Pro, late 2013 or newer; mid 2010 and mid 2012, with a Metal-capable GPU recommended
If you're unsure of what model Mac you have, choose About This Mac from the Apple menu. There you can find the model and your machine's specs. As noted by our sister site Download.com, it's also a good idea to make sure you have enough storage space and memory to both install and run the public beta of the OS. As noted on Download.com, Apple recommended that users have 15GB of storage and 2GB of memory to run its previous OS, macOS High Sierra.
SEE: macOS Mojave: A guide for IT leaders (Tech Pro Research)
Once you know your device is compatible, you're good to get started. Here are the steps to install the macOS Mojave beta:
- Go to beta.apple.com and sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program.
- Once you're logged in you should see a Mac tab on the beta website. Click on that.
- A button on the Mac tab should say "Download macOS Mojave beta." Start the download and let it complete.
- Plug in your device to a power source.
- Once the download completes the update file should open automatically in the macOS store. If it doesn't double click on it and it should open.
- Follow the prompts after the installation to restart your machine and you'll be all ready to give Mojave a test drive.
Before installing macOS Mojave on a device, keep in mind that the beta isn't finished, and it still has bugs. So, don't install it on a device that you use to get work done; instead, install it on a test device or an older device. Also, it may be worth backing up your critical files and data to an external drive, just in case you encounter a problem.
One of the primary design changes with macOS Mojave is Dark Mode, which Apple said on its preview page will help you focus on your work. The full software update brings the Dynamic Desktop as well, which changes throughout the day.
Business users can use the new Stacks feature to more easily organize files and folders on their desktop as well, and the Mac Finder is getting new go-to actions that can be performed without opening an app, the page said, along with Gallery View, Quick Actions, and complete metadata for files.
The Mac App Store is also getting a redesign in the masOS Mojave software update, streamlining the process for discovering new apps. Apple also noted in its 2018 WWDC keynote that it was working on cross-platform apps that would be built using some of the same technologies powering iOS apps.
Group FaceTime in macOS Mojave
Group FaceTime is one of the most anticipated features of macOS Mojave and iOS 12. ZDNet contributing writer Jason Cipriani on Aug. 13, 2018 reported that, with the release of the seventh macOS Mojave, Apple has removed the Group FaceTime feature. It was also removed from the seventh beta of iOS 12. He wrote that "According to 9to5Mac, the removal was mentioned in the latest release notes: Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall."
- Apple Siri: An insider's guide (free PDF) (TechRepublic)
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- Apple macOS Mojave: Cheat sheet (TechRepublic)
- Older iPhones, iPads will perform better on iOS 12, says Apple (ZDNet)
- Apple WWDC 2018 keynote: Scenes and surprises (ZDNet)
- iOS 12 is focused on performance, says Apple (ZDNet)
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