macOS High Sierra, the next generation of Mac software, is now available as a public beta.
Apple has been offering public betas for macOS 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 macOS High Sierra, 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.
Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.
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How to make a back up of your Mac
Before joining the public beta, you need to make a backup of your Mac. That way, if something goes wrong, of if you’re simply not happy and want to revert to macOS Sierra, you can go right back to where you started.
Even if you back up every night, you’ll want to make double, triple sure you’re covered. So make a manual backup now. Here’s how to do it with Time…
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