Apple sends fourth macOS Monterey 12.5 beta to developers

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Apple released the fourth beta of its upcoming macOS Monterey 12.5 software update to developers about two weeks after providing the previous beta for testing.

The fourth macOS Monterey 12.5 beta comes about two weeks after Apple launched the third version. macOS 12.5 itself appears to be a minor update focused on bug fixes and under the hood improvements, with no changes for the user.

In addition to macOS Monterey 12.5, Apple is also simultaneously releasing beta versions of its upcoming macOS Ventura software update. Currently, this release is in its second developer beta, with public testing expected later this summer.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, urge users to avoid installing beta software on “critical” or mainstream devices, due to the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install beta builds on secondary or non-essential devices and ensure there are enough backups of important data before updating in the first place.

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Steven L. Nielsen