macOS Sierra is now in public beta and here's what you need to know about it!

Apple has released a public beta for the upcoming version of macOS Sierra. That means you can now register to try it out, enroll your Mac, download it, and start to experience what's coming this fall. It's a real beta, though. So you shouldn't put it on your primary Mac, and you should know how to downgrade back to OS X El Capitan if you need to. That's where this guide comes in!

How to prepare your Mac for the macOS Sierra public beta

Before you get started with the macOS Sierra public beta, there are some ways you can prepare Mac — and yourself — to improve the overall experience.

How to install the macOS Sierra public beta

macOS Sierra Public Beta

Apple has been offering public betas for OS X 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 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.

macOS Sierra preview: Smarter, sleeker, and more Siri!

A name change isn't the only thing big in this year's desktop software update! While macOS Sierra doesn't have the same number visual changes we've seen in years past, it does have a pretty important addition: Siri! Apple's popular iOS (and watchOS and tvOS) virtual assistant has finally made its way to macOS, and it's great. What else is great? Optimized Storage; iCloud Drive improvements; Universal clipboard; Picture-in-picture mode; and lots more! Here's a first look!

macOS Sierra: What you need to know!

macOS Sierra: What you need to know!

macOS Sierra won't ship until later this fall, but it's been shown off on the WWDC 2016 stage, it's in developer preview and public beta, and we've posted a macOS preview, so it's already gotten a lot of attention. That means we've gotten a lot of questions, and that means we're going to be providing a lot of answers!

How to send macOS Sierra public beta feedback

How to send OS X El Capitan public beta feedback

Betas are for testing. Developer betas are for developers to test with, and they have Bug Reporter—colloquially known as "radar"—to handle any problems they may encounter. Non-developers on the public beta have Feedback Assistant. If you're running the macOS Sierra public beta, it's on your Mac and it's easy to use!

How to downgrade from macOS Sierra to OS X El Capitan

How to downgrade from OS X El Capitan back to OS X Yosemite

The macOS Sierra public beta is a way to test the next generation of Mac software. If it turns out you don't enjoy the process, or would prefer to wait and try again later, you can go back to OS X El Capitan. Downgrading is a simple process, but it's also a bit of a chore. Don't worry, though, we'll walk you through it!