Update: The OS X El Capitan beta is now available via Apple’s website. Instructions on how to enroll your device in the program and update can be found here.

Apple’s public beta of OS X El Capitan will be released today, according to Apple’s website. The build is meant to be tested by users wanting to preview the upcoming version of the operating system, which will be released for free this fall. Users can sign up to be an OS X Beta Program member on Apple’s site here.

In the past, OS X public betas have been updated less often than the builds released via the OS X Developer Program. Yesterday, Apple released the third developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan and will likely continue to release builds every two weeks until this fall.

The public beta of El Capitan will allow users to easily submit feedback for issues with the latest OS X build prior to its stable launch this fall. Users of the public beta will be able to install the final version of El Capitan over the beta version when it is released this fall.

Apple announced at WWDC last month that it would be releasing public betas of both OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. Also last month, we broke down the new features in each operating system and what Apple could do to improve them before the final release this fall.

If you’re curious as to how to go about preparing your device for the public beta and what risks installing it entails, view our guide here.

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