At WWDC 2018 in June, Apple previewed their latest operating system, MacOS Mojave 10.14. It includes exciting new features such as Dark Mode, which results in a dramatic darkened desktop color scheme, Stacks to automatically organize cluttered desktop files, and Group Facetime.
There will also be fresh apps like News, Voice Memos, Stocks, and Home. The Continuity Camera lets users take a picture or scan a document with their nearby iPad or iPhone, and it will instantly and seamlessly appear on their Mac. Enhanced security features, such as automatically creating strong passwords, Tracking Prevention, and more will keep your data safe, a must in today's digital world.
Beta Version Now Available
While the update won't officially be released until this fall, you can start using the beta version right away. Keep in mind that the beta version of MacOS Mojave, just like any beta software, may contain some bugs that should be resolved with the formal release in a few months. If you decide you don't like the beta version, you can always go back to MacOS High Sierra.
Which MacOS Mojave Beta Version is Right for You?
MacOS Mojave Beta currently comes in two versions: one for developers and one for the public. Developers can sign up for the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 per year and provides tools for building and distributing apps. Developers will then be able to see how their apps can work with the new operating system. There is also a free beta available for the general public, however, it is a few cycles behind the developer version. Public beta users can try out the software and report any problems to Apple for improvements to be made before the final release this fall.
In order to update to MacOS Mojave, your Mac should have been introduced in mid-2012 or later. It is also compatible with 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with Metal-capable graphics cards. To find out if your computer is compatible, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner, and then select "About This Mac." You'll then be able to see the year of your Mac listed next to its name.
How to Install the Free MacOS Mojave Public Beta
1. Go to beta.apple.com and sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program if you haven't already.
2. After logging in, click the Mac tab on the beta website.
3. Click the button labeled "Download MacOS Mojave beta" and wait for the download to complete.
4. Once the download is complete, the file should automatically open in the macOS store, but if it doesn't you can double-click on it to open.
5. Follow the installation prompts and you're good to go!
Final Word of Advice
Currently, Apple has released the fourth beta version of MacOS Mojave, and each one continues to improve. It offers dynamic wallpapers, a new screenshot app, as well as support for 2018 MacBook Pros. It's a good idea to back up your Mac before installing MacOS Mojave Beta and if you have a secondary Mac, consider installing the beta version on it instead of your main Mac.