macOS Catalina beta 9 is now available for testing

Apple has released macOS Catalina beta 9 to developers and public beta testers. The update is now available over-the-air as well as a download from Apple Developer Center.

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Apple’s release notes do not mention any noticeable new features, however, some user interface tweaks have been noticed in apps like Music and Podcasts.

To get access to the new beta, you can sign up as a developer to Apple’s Developer Program for $99/year. Alternatively, you can register as a public beta tester on Apple’s website. Public betas are usually better at stability, compared to developer betas so you can make your choice based on your technical knowledge.

If you already have macOS Catalina developer or public beta installed on your Mac, simply go to System Preferences > Software Update to download the new build.

macOS 10.15, also known as macOS Catalina, will be released for all users in October. The major operating system update will ship with a number of new features which include Apple Arcade gaming subscriptions service, Voice Control accessibility feature, Sidecar (for extending your Mac display to an iPad) and support for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers. Reminders, Safari and Notes will also be getting design and feature updates, while iTunes will be replaced with new Music, Podcasts and TV apps. A new Find My app will also be available in the update, to help users find their Apple devices.

Apple is also enhancing security and privacy in macOS Catalina as well as ending support for 32-bit apps. With the new Catalyst platform, developers will also be able to port their iPad apps easily to macOS Catalina.

macOS Catalina will also end compatibility with a number of Macs. Only the following Macs will be supported:

  • iMacs, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac Mini models introduced in mid-2012 or later
  • MacBooks introduced in 2015 or later
  • Mac Pro, 2013 and lateriMac Pro, 2017 and later