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Apple seeds fourth macOS Sonoma developer beta

Apple releases new betas

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Apple has made available its fourth developer beta for macOS 14 Sonoma, which can be downloaded to Macs and tested out by users enrolled in the program.

Developers enrolled in the program can access the latest builds by either visiting the Apple Developer Center or updating their Macs to the newest beta software. For public users, beta versions are normally made available through the Apple Beta Software Program after the developer versions are released.

The fourth beta follows after the third, which was originally provided on July 5 but then revised on July 11. The second was issued on June 21, while the first arrived right after its introduction at WWDC on June 5.

The fourth build is number 23A5301g, replacing the previous one, build number 23A5286i.

The various changes in macOS Sonoma include new screensavers that resemble those of the Apple TV, which also have a smooth fade-away when turned off. A clock can be superimposed on the screensaver, along with the Mac lock screen.

Widgets are available for the desktop, including a picker dialog, automatic dimming and transparency, color changes to match wallpapers, and even the addition of iPhone widgets.

A Presenter Overlay can help participants in video calls manage their Zoom presentation. Changes are also made to Safari, Messages, and for gaming with the addition of a Game Mode.

AppleInsider and Apple strongly suggest users don't install beta operating systems or other beta software on "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the small chance of issues that could result in the loss of data. Testers should instead use secondary or non-essential hardware and ensure they have sufficient backups of their critical data at all times.

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