You can now download an early version of Apple's new Mac software for laptops and desktops — here's how

  • Apple released a beta version of the new MacOS operating system this week.
  • You can download it now and try out the new features, including a dark mode.
  • The official stable release is this fall.

Want to check out all of the new features that Apple has added to MacOS, its operating system for desktops and laptops?

Now you can. On Tuesday, Apple released an early version of its upcoming Mac software, MacOS Mojave, that anyone can download.

All you have to do is sign up with Apple to download the new operating system onto your computer.

You can sign up here. After enrolling your computer in the program, you can install the public beta from the Mac App Store.

Before you install MacOS Mojave, you should be aware that it’s pre-release software. There are probably bugs and rough edges, which is part of the reason that Apple releases public betas. You’re supposed to help find the bugs so Apple can squash them.

This is to say: You should back up your computer before you install the beta. Or you could wait until this fall, when the stable version is expected to be released.

Some of the new features in MacOS Mojave include:

  • Dark mode
  • A self-organising desktop
  • The ability to use an iPhone as a connected camera
  • Better screenshot tools
  • A redesigned App Store

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