Apple releases first macOS 11.4 developer beta for download

The first developer beta of macOS Big Sur 11.4 is available for testing days before version 11.3 is expected to be released to the public.

Apple made the macOS Big Sur 11.3 Release Candidate beta available to developers after the “Spring Loaded” event on Tuesday. Now, just a day after the event, Apple has released the first beta for macOS 11.4.

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 enrolled devices.

The release notes indicate that you can now use graphics cards based on the AMD Navi RDNA2 architecture (6800, 6800XT, and 6900XT). No other characteristics were detailed.

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We, and Apple itself, strongly advise users not to install beta versions on primary or “mission critical” devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install beta versions on non-essential or secondary devices, and ensure that there are sufficient backups of important data before upgrading.

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