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Apple distributes fifth macOS Sonoma developer beta

Apple releases new betas

Apple has pushed out its fifth developer beta for macOS 14 Sonoma, which testers can now download and try out on their Macs.

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 fifth beta follows after the fourth, which Apple brought out on July 25, which in turn replaced the third build from July 5 and its revision from July 11.

The fifth build is number 23A5312d, replacing the previous one, build number 23A5301g.

The changes in macOS Sonoma include new screensavers that resemble those of the Apple TV. They also have a smooth fade-away when turned off, and you can superimpose a clock onto the screensaver and 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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