Apple has released the fifth Public Beta release of OS X El Capitan to users participating in the Mac Public Beta testing program for OS X 10.11. The new build arrives as 15A262c and the accompanying release notes suggest it should be installed by all users who are running the public beta versions of Mac OS X.
Update: Public Beta 5 seems to have disappeared from the App Store, curious.
Mac users who are eligible to receive the release will find it available now from the Software Update mechanism of OS X, accessible from App Store Updates tab. The latest version is officially labeled as “OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5″. The download weighs in around 2GB and requires a reboot to complete installation.
At the moment, OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 has arrived alone, and there is not yet an accompanying updated 10.11 Developer Beta release. The two builds are usually close but separate, often released concurrently or a day apart from one another.
OS X El Capitan, officially versioned as OS X 10.11, is expected to debut to the public as a final version in the fall. The OS X system software update will focus on performance enhancements and improvements to the Mac operating system, while including several new features, a new system font, and many other refinements. Though Apple hasn’t specified a release date, it’s quite likely the launch of El Capitan will be alongside the next iPhone 6s in early September, as Apple has often used iPhone fall events to release the latest iOS and OS X versions as well.