Fifth Apple macOS 10.12.5 Public and Developer Beta Released

2 May 2017, 6:15 pm EDT By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps

Apple has now started to roll out the fifth MacOS 10.12.5 beta. Initially, the beta was only available for developers. However, given Apple's history of immediately releasing a public beta right after the developer beta, the rest of the Mac community was eventually able to get access to the beta as well thanks to its newly released public version.

According to 9to5mac, the latest update seems to be a relatively minor one as Apple has neglected to release any notes, unlike the previous update. In comparison, MacOS 10.12.4 actually contained a lot of new features, including the addition of Apple's color shifting "Night Shift" mode, which was introduced to Macs for the first time.

As for the new update, it seems like it was made solely to roll out several bug fixes and security upgrades ahead of the release of the highly-awaited new mac OS version, MacOS 10.13. In the meantime, those who want to try out the new version can head over and join the Beta Software Program or simply install it from Mac App Store for those who already have the previously public beta version.

As reported by iMore, Apple has been running these types of public and developer betas for quite a while now. The betas serve as a testing ground for the company to fine tune their software based on the feedback of its testers.

However, it has to be noted that the beta versions of the operating systems are not meant to be used daily. The unpolished version still contains a lot of glitches and bugs, and those who depend on their systems on a daily basis are advised to just wait for the final version.

The beta versions are meant to be used by developers who want to ensure that their apps can take advantage of any new features and run smoothly on future MacOS versions before they become public. MacOS 10.13 is expected to be unveiled next month at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event.

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