Just a little over a week after rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4, Apple started seeding the first public beta of macOS 10.12.5 to beta testers. The update comes alongside the first developer seeds of iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1.
Apple did not include any significant release note, so it’s unclear what changes the new version brings to Mac. However, they likely contain only bug fixes and small revisions to the issues introduced in Monday’s big OS release, since it isn’t a full “point” update. The only insight we’ve heard from Apple so far is that it “improves the stability, compatibility, and security” of the machine.
How to register for the Beta Program
As announced, the new software is currently available to developers via the company’s Developer web page. For public testers, Apple plans to make macOS 10.12.5 available next month. Those who are interested in testing the beta version needs to register in the beta program first. According to Apple Insider, signing up is free and gives access to future public betas of both macOS and iOS.
Here’s how to register as a beta tester:
- Go to the OS X Beta Seed Program website and create an account.
- After agreeing to Apple’s terms and conditions, enroll your devices to receive notifications of new updates and beta releases for download.
- Once a member, all you need for download and installation is the latest version of iTunes.When a beta is released, simply connect an enrolled iOS device to an up-to-date computer and open iTunes, or alternatively run Software Update. Testers of Sierra can access beta software from the Mac App Store.
Backup your data
But before proceeding with the macOS 10.12.5 beta download, there are a few things to be aware of. As always, Apple’s betas are not recommended for daily use devices or work computers. The beta program exists to iron out any issues in preparation for the public release, so there are bound to be bugs when using these early versions. That said, it’s also advised to backup data and filed before installation.
“Always back up your data and files before installing beta versions of OS X. If you have multiple Macs, we recommend installing the Beta on your secondary computer. Backing up files on a Mac is easy with Time Machine, the built-in backup utility in OS X.”
If you encounter an error or a bug, MacWorld says you can use the Feedback Assistant app to send feedback. Simply open the app, select the category about which you’re providing feedback and its specific sub-area. Describe the problem in one sentence before giving a more detailed description.
If the problem has something to do with a third party app, you can let the company know by reporting it via the 3rd-party Application Compatibility category in the Feedback Assistant. However, the site suggests also providing feedback to the app’s developer.