Apple RC of macOS Sonoma 14.5

Arriving two days after the other operating systems, release candidate macOS 14.5 is now available alongside two older versions for testing ahead of the full release.

macOS on iMac and MacBook Pro

On Tuesday, Apple handed out release candidates iOS 17.5, iPadOS 17.5, tvOS 17.5 and watchOS 10.5. Two days later, the RC version for macOS Sonoma 14.5 finally arrived.

Developers participating in Apple’s beta program can download the latest builds from the Apple Developer Center or update hardware that’s already running beta builds from the Settings app. Public betas are typically released shortly after development releases and can be signed up for on the Apple Beta Software Program website.

The RC version of macOS 14.5 is build 23F79, replacing the fourth build, 21O5580a.

In parallel with updating the major version of macOS Sonoma, Apple is also updating some of its older operating systems. The RC version of macOS Monterey 12.7.5 is build 21H1222, while macOS Ventura 13.6.7 is build 22G720.

AppleInsider and Apple strongly advise users not to install beta or RC operating systems on “critical” or entry-level devices due to the risk of issues that could result in data loss. Testers should instead use additional or non-essential equipment and ensure they have sufficient backups of their critical data at all times.

Given that the existence of release candidates indicates that a proper public release will occur soon, it may be better to wait for this release.

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