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macOS Mojave public beta is live – test drive the new Dark Mode today

Apple has released the first public beta of macOS 10.14 Mojave, enabling everyday Mac users to sample the new Dark Mode for the first time ahead of the full release this autumn.

Mac owners hoping to test drive the new OS will need to sign up for Apple’s beta testing program in order to see an available update within the Mac App Store.

Beyond the new systemwide Dark Mode feature – a first for Mac – there’s also major improvements to Apple’s Finder window and the ability to capture video using the screenshots functionality. Apple is also adding a new Stacks feature, which will allow you to instantly arrange everything in your desktop into organised sections of documents.

Related: iOS 12 features

Apple is also adding a cool Continuity Camera feature that enables users to take a photo on their iOS device and quickly insert it into a document on their Mac.

Speaking of iOS, Mojave also features the first apps ported over from the mobile operating system. Stocks, Books, Home and Voice Memos are all coming to the Mac before Apple opens up the porting tools to third-party developers.

The company says devs will be able to start porting their iOS apps to macOS in 2019, so it’ll be a while before Mac users see some of their favourite apps show up on the Mac. The firm is also giving the Mac App Store its first proper revamp in years, while Group FaceTime will enable video chats with up to 32 people at once.

You can’t beat a bit o’ beta…

This version of the desktop operating system comes hot on the heels of the first public iOS 12 beta release on June 25. It also follows the release of the second Mojave developer beta released last week.

As always, Apple is advising eager users to express caution when downloading the beta software. The company recommends installing the software on a secondary machine rather than a primary device.

If you insist upon installing the beta on your main Mac, make sure you make a full Time Machine back-up before doing so.

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