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By Jason Snell

Friends don’t let friends use betas

So here we are, once again in the summer of betas. This week Apple released the first public versions of its new software for those daring enough to give it a try. I’m here to tell you to reconsider that temptation.

Yes, yes, beta software is buggy. That’s absolutely true. If you run beta software you will be beset by annoying behavior from your trusted devices and there will be nobody to blame but yourself. Your favorite apps will crash, because they were built before the new versions were even announced and their authors are going to spend all summer readying new versions for the final OS release in the fall.

What’s worse, that software is now syncing with the cloud. Who is to blame if a bug in macOS Catalina or iOS 13 messes up your iCloud Photo Library or your Reminders or your Notes? You again. It’s not a fun feeling.…

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