Apple has provided developers with the second version of macOS 11.5 for testing as part of the current beta cycle.
The latest beta versions and configuration profiles can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, with subsequent changes available as over-the-air updates on registered devices. Public beta versions usually arrive shortly thereafter via the Apple beta software program website.
The first beta version for macOS 11.5 appeared on May 19, along with the first beta versions of iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7, tvOS 14.7, and watchOS 7.6. That release came while macOS 11.4 was available as a release candidate, prior to its public release.
So far, there don’t seem to be any major changes to OS features in the beta, and it is more likely a bug fix, performance improvement, and compatibility release. Given the upcoming WWDC event on June 7, Apple will also be motivated to keep all of its big alterations for the next major macOS release.
Both AppleInsider and Apple strongly suggests that users avoid installing beta versions on primary or “mission critical” devices, due to the possibility of data loss or other problems. Instead, the recommendation is to install beta versions on secondary or non-essential devices and ensure that there are sufficient backups of important data before making major changes.
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