OS X El Capitan public beta 5 now available

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If you're enrolled in Apple's beta program, the fifth beta of El Capitan is the latest treat.
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Apple released the fifth public beta for OS X El Capitan today, two weeks after releasing the fourth. If you’re a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, now is the time to go get your latest update.

If you’re looking for the El Capitan developer beta, you’ll have to wait a little longer for the next release. The developer beta is currently on its sixth release, but no news yet of a seventh. It doesn’t look like it’ll show up today though. Neither iOS developer beta nor the iOS public beta received updates today either.

The OS X betas tend to shy away from bringing new features during the program, but rather just performance improvements and bug fixes. It’s interesting that the fourth public beta was released after the sixth developer beta, which means that for some reason Apple has shifted track a little bit, releasing the fifth public beta before developers get another update.

Members of the beta program, check Updates in the Mac App Store to install the latest El Capitan release. Be patient — sometimes the update takes up to two hours after the general release to appear for everyone.

Apple announced OS X 10.11 El Capitan at WWDC in June. The public stable release is expected this fall.

Update: It appears Apple pulled the fifth public beta as many users are reporting they are no longer able to download it. Now we have our reason as to why the public beta came out before the developer beta. Apple must have slipped up. Sorry, folks.

Update 2: The El Capitan 5th public beta has returned a day later – and for good this time. It released alongside the seventh developer beta today. Download them from the Mac App Store.