The next version of the Mac operating system is called macOS Ventura and will be officially released this fall. It will have many cool new features like Continuity Camera, Stage Manger, Safari Passkeys and many more. If you can’t wait until fall to get on the Ventura train, you can try using the beta version – if you don’t mind running into a bug here or there.
A developer beta of Ventura is currently available, but it is intended for software developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program. For people not in the developer program, Apple is making a public beta available. This is when you can expect Apple to release it.
When can we expect macOS 13 Ventura public beta 1?
At the WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple made the developer beta available right away, stating that the public beta will be available in July, but did not specify a specific date. Last year, the first macOS beta also arrived in July:
- 2021 (Monterey): July 1st
- 2020 (Big Sur): August 6
- 2019 (Catalina): 24th of June
- 2018 (Mohave): June 26
There’s not much we can learn from that list, but on June 22, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported that the public beta could be available the week of July 11.
Sign up for the macOS Ventura beta
When the public beta version of macOS Ventura is released, you must be enrolled in the public beta program, which you can do through the Apple Public Beta Software Program website.
- Click on the Sign Up knob.
- Enter your Apple ID information. If you don’t have an Apple ID, click the “Don’t have an Apple ID? Create yours now” link.
- After you enter your Apple ID, a Public Beta Guide page will appear. If you’re using a Mac, it’s in the macOS section by default. You can read the page for information about the program.
- Click Enroll Your Devices at the top of the page or click the Enroll Your Mac link in the Getting Started section of the page.
- This should take you to the ‘Enroll your devices’ webpage. Follow the instructions. Step 2 downloads the “macOS Public Beta Access Utility” that enrolls your Mac in the program. Then the Software Update utility will launch to download and install the Ventura beta.
The installation takes a while. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, this may take about 40 minutes or more.
Read our full guide on how to sign up for and install the macOS developer or public betas.