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MacOS Mojave Public Beta is here, but should you download it?

After announcing it during WWDC 2018 earlier this month, and releasing a Developer Beta for that same day, Apple has now made the latest iteration of its desktop operating system – macOS 10.14 Mojave – available for download as a public beta for anyone who wants to try it.

Now, macOS Mojave not another "under the hood" update like MacOS High Sierra last year (and fortunately, it has a better name than macOS High Sierra), in fact, it brings many new features to the line of Apple desktops and laptops. However, while the Beta publishes available for anyone to download without the need for a $ 99 / year developer account, really something you should download to your MacBook or iMac? Well, let me list my experience with Apple's latest desktop operating system so far.

macOS Mojave Public Beta – The Good

For as long as I can remember (over last year with High Sierra), every macOS update has brought a lot of new features to the proverbial table, and this year seems to be the biggest recent memory upgrade.

Boot Up Time

At first sight, the time of boot in macOS incredible Mojave . MacBooks have always been incredibly fast to start, especially since Apple switched to those amazing fast SSDs, but MacOS Mojave made it even faster. So much so that, after all, it doesn't seem at all that it is starting, and I love it.

New features … Everywhere!

There are a lot of new features in macOS Mojave, the most visible of which is the dark mode so beautiful (thanks, Apple!), the unbelievable dynamic backgrounds that look amazing (especially the one that shows at night), desktop stack which, at least for me, are a godsend, and much more.

Apple has also made Quick Look much more useful, and can manage the basic markup just without having to open Preview, which basically means I don't open Preview anymore. It even lets you cut videos without having to open them in QuickTime first. a ridiculously good time saver that I can't live without now.

There are lots of other features, and we have covered them in a dedicated article, so you should definitely go and have a look.

To brag

I mean, come on, being on the latest version of macOS gives you bragging rights.

  • Is your colleague opening a QuickTime video to cut it? You can do it in Quick Look. literally just a space press.
  • Dark Mode makes anyone almost envious, including Windows users, because the dark mode may be decent, but not as exceptional as that of macOS Mojave.
  • You will be connected to your laptop when your colleague starts to operate the laptop.
  • You can tell everyone how the latest and greatest version of macOS ever created.
  • You'll never have to worry about a bulky desktop because Desktop Stacks will save you every time, effortlessly.

Desktop stacks are magical for your desktop

There is much more to boast about in MacOS Mojave and, above all, quite stable as far as beta versions are concerned.

macOS Mojave Public Beta – The Bad

Just as "with great power great responsibilities come," with the great features come some disadvantages, at least on the beta software. Not that you shouldn't expect the problems to be listed below, because it's a beta, and literally everyone will pay attention to it because a pre-release software that can damage or completely kill your laptop.

While macOS Mojave didn't kill my MacBook Pro 2017 without Touch Bar, I don't assume any guarantee about what your laptop could be. Now that I have mortified you, let me accompany you through the wild roller coaster ride that bugs and problems with macOS Mojave.

Battery life

The biggest problem for me is the success my battery has had . While I was on High Sierra, my MacBook lasted constantly for about 10 hours at full load. Now … well, now it lasts at most 4 to 5 hours, with the same workload it had previously. So clearly, the battery life will be successful with macOS Mojave.

66% battery = 3 hours remaining

However, I am quite confident that Apple will solve this problem when we arrive at the stable exit later in the fall.

Random compatibility problems

This is probably the most obvious inconvenience of installing a beta version of an operating system. The apps will break; not all, fortunately, but enough.

  • I have always loved writing in Ulysses, but with macOS Mojave, it simply does not allow me to create a new sheet anymore … My usual reserve iA Writer, which fortunately is working.
  • At Beebom, we use Quip as our favorite tool for collaborating, and makes Mojave a mess. Select multiple lines and the entire page will be displayed in gray with the only solution coming back and then going back to the page.

Ah, built-in privacy filter … eh.

  • Better Touch Tool, which by far the best app I've ever spent my money on (s, lo), casually closes in the background. Fortunately the fantastic developer and there is already a solution in the alpha channel, but I'm waiting for it to arrive even in the stable channel.
  • Apps start to expire randomly sometimes . I noticed while trying to save an image that I modified in Photoshop and, while I closed multiple tabs in Firefox Quantum, the apps sometimes take a moment or two to figure out that I asked them to do something.
  • The fan! What do I say about the fan … Yes start randomly and go full speed, and then slow down after a while . During the writing of this article, started once, he made sure that everyone was staring at me and then they came back again in silence.

macOS Mojave Public Beta – The Ugly

As I said, everyone tells you not to install the beta software on your main computer as it can lead to data loss, and it could even ruin your Mac permanently, the one I've never seen mentioned. the simple, ugly fact that once you've updated your Mac with Public or Developer Beta, you can't roll back to the original version you had before .

So, if you come from macOS High Sierra, and you think there are too many bugs and you want to go back, well you're unlucky because you can't. You can go to the next beta or the stable version of Mojave when you come out later this fall.

after updating your Mac with Public or Developer Beta, you cannot roll back to the original version you had before

Why do you ask? Well, simple. Whenever you try to install an operating system update, the laptop checks if it is newer than anything that is already installed on the system. If so, everything is fine and the update starts. However, if it does not, it will simply fail.

Now imagine this, you installed the public beta on your main laptop and broke the apps you need for your work. You, gentle reader, are unfortunately screwed.

Don't panic, there is a solution … an extreme

That said, if you still felt brave enough to install macOS Mojave on your laptop, only to find out that it ruined the apps your livelihood depends on, don't rush to lose another $ 1000 + instead. There is a way to restore the system. However, these are steps that almost always erase data directly from the system.

It's called recovery mode and in Practically it restores the factory settings of your Mac, which means that it will take you back to the operating system with which your laptop was shipped. This is fine if you use a Mac 2016 or 2017 that was shipped with macOS Sierra and later versions. If you use a MacBook Air from 2015, like last year when I had to use the recovery mode, you will be redirected to … Mac OS X Mavericks (or at least I was).

macOS Mojave Public Beta – Install or not install? This is the question

So, the question arises, should you install the macOS Mojave Public Beta? Well, you can but I wouldn't recommend it unless you absolutely need the new features right now.

In my use, the macOS Mojave beta was not so buzzed that I regret jumping the gun and updating immediately. However, as with most software updates, your mileage may vary and I really can't advise a none to install the beta version of macOS Mojave .

Obviously, if you are as sharp as me, you will probably install it anyway, in which case I wish you luck and will leave you with two things:

  • A warning that beta software can be harmful to your system. It may be unstable and may render your system unusable. In this case, I (or Beebom) cannot take responsibility for it. You have been warned of the disadvantages and risks.
  • and, if you still have to choose to upgrade your system, a link to our article on how to install it (where we will warn you again, by the way!)

So, are you updating your Mac to the latest version of macOS available? If you are, let us know, if you have already done so, let us know how it is working for you. There is a comment section below, so drop your thoughts and comments right there.