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Apple issues seventh macOS Sonoma developer beta

Apple releases new betas

The seventh developer beta of macOS Sonoma has been shared by Apple, as the final release of the Mac operating system nears release.

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.

Sonoma has been on a two-week cycle and is behind its other operating system counterparts in terms of generation counts. This suggests that the new OS will ship in October, versus September for iOS 17 and derivatives.

The seventh beta follows the sixth, which arrived on August 22, while the fifth turned up on August 8.

The sixth build is number 23A5337a, replacing the previous one, build number 23A5328b.

The main changes in macOS Sonoma start with new screensavers that take after the versions used on the Apple TV. The macOS versions have a smooth fade-away when they are turned off, and you can superimpose a clock on the screensaver and the Mac lock screen.

Desktop widgets add in a picker dialog, automatic dimming and transparency, color changes to match wallpapers, and iPhone widgets. A Presenter Overlay can help participants in video calls manage their Zoom presentation.

Apple also made changes to Safari, Messages, and 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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