OS X public beta: The ultimate guide
OS X El Capitan is now in public beta and here’s what you need to know about it!
Apple has released a public beta for the upcoming version of OS X El Capitan. That means you can now register to try it out, enroll your Mac, download it, and start to experience what’s coming this fall. It’s a real beta, though. So you shouldn’t put it on your primary Mac, and you should know how to downgrade back to Yosemite if you need to. That’s where this guide comes in!
- How to download the OS X El Capitan public beta
- OS X El Capitan first look
- OS X El Capitan FAQ
- How to send OS X El Capitan public beta feedback
- How to downgrade from OS X El Capitan back to OS X Yosemite
How to download the OS X El Capitan public beta
Apple has been offering public betas for OS X for a couple of years now as a way for those interested in testing out the upcoming software on their Macs, and providing feedback. If that’s you, you’ll need to sign up, enroll your Mac, download El Capitan, and install it. It’s not an overly complicated process, but we’re here to walk you through it and, if you need it, a place to get extra help.
OS X El Capitan first look: A smarter, more polished experience for your Mac
As Snow Leopard refined and advanced Leopard, as Mountain Lion refined and advanced Lion, so too is OS X El Capitan intended to refine and advance last year’s OS X Yosemite. That means the focus isn’t on major redesigns or profound system-level changes, though there is a little of both to be found. Instead, Apple is making OS X smarter, and giving it considerably more polish. Here’s a first look!
OS X El Capitan FAQ: What you need to know!
OS X El Capitan won’t ship until later this fall, but it’s been shown off on the WWDC 2015 stage, it’s in developer preview and public beta, and we’ve posted an OS X El Capitan first look, so it’s already gotten a lot of attention. That means we’ve gotten a lot of questions, and that means we’re going to be providing a lot of answers!
How to send OS X El Capitan public beta feedback
Betas are for testing. Developer betas are for developers to test with, and they have Bug Reporter—colloquially known as “radar”—to handle any problems they may encounter. Non-developers on the public beta have Feedback Assistant. If you’re running the OS X El Capitan public beta, it’s on your Mac and it’s easy to use!
How to downgrade from OS X El Capitan back to OS X Yosemite
The OS X El Capitan public beta is a way to test the next generation of Mac software. If it turns out you don’t enjoy the process, or would prefer to wait and try again later, you can go back to OS X Yosemite. Downgrading is a simple process, but it’s also a bit of a chore. Don’t worry, though, we’ll walk you through it!