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Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta


Apple has started sending out OS X Yosemite builds for Beta Program, as announced yesterday. The build is being sent out to a million Beta Program members. Participants can get a redemption code from the site, to redeem in the Mac App Store.

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Apple has said that Apple will not update the Beta Program Yosemite builds as often as the developer seeds (which come out every two weeks, usually), but participants will be able to upgrade to the final public version of Yosemite seamlessly through the App Store, when it is released.  The seed released in the beta program is one build newer than the one released to developers on Monday.

Beta Program participants can leave feedback through the Feedback Assistant. Unfortunately, some of Yosemite’s tentpole features will not be available for evaluation as they require integration with iOS 8, which remains closed off to anyone but developers. Although the stability of seeds has been improving, a beta is a ‘beta’ for a reason and Beta Program members are not advised not to install it on their primary machine.

There are a few known issues with this build, that participants should be aware of.

Known Issues

Safari may hang when playing certain Netflix content.
iPhoto 9.5.1 and Aperture 3.5.1 are required on OS X Yosemite. Update to these versions from the Mac App Store.
When entering edit mode in iPhoto, a black screen may be displayed instead of the selected photo.
Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing may not function properly when both iPhoto and Aperture are installed.
The shared purchase history page on the Mac App Store is disabled for Family Sharing accounts.
iCloud Drive may appear empty in the Finder after first time setup. Restart to resolve this problem.
AirDrop may not show nearby Macs.
Sending files to another Mac using AirDrop may not work.

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Apple releasing OS X Yosemite public preview tomorrow for free Beta Program members

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As we reported earlier this week, Apple has shared that it will open the public beta version of OS X Yosemite tomorrow, July 24th, for users wanting to preview the upcoming version of the Mac operating system ahead of its release targeted for this fall. Users can sign up to be an OS X Beta Program member on Apple’s Beta Program site.

Apple says the OS X Yosemite beta will be updated less frequently for the OS X Beta Program than the version via the OS X Developer Program, but users running the public beta of OS X Yosemite will be able to install the final release of OS X Yosemite over the beta version when it’s readied for release in the fall. The beta version available to OS X Beta Program members will also allow users to easily submit feedback for issues with the Mac operating system ahead of its official public debut.

Earlier this week, Apple released the fourth and latest developer preview of OS X Yosemite through its Developer Program alongside a redesigned iTunes 12.

Last night we reported that despite OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 sharing features that rely on each other heavily, the two operating systems are expected to launch separately as Apple readies the them both for public debut for everyone. As we noted last night, iOS 8 is on track to be released in September while the final version of OS X Yosemite is expected to be ready a month later in October.

Apple first announced that the OS X Beta Program would allow non-developers to preview OS X 10.10 earlier this year at WWDC, although iOS 8 will not receive the same treatment for non-developers and several features require the latest iPhone and iPad operating system.

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iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite said to launch separately despite tight integration


Even though Apple will begin integrating iOS and OS X in new, mutually beneficial ways with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple currently plans to stagger the releases of the two operating systems, according to people briefed on the plans. iOS 8 will launch in September alongside the iPhone 6, and OS X Yosemite will launch approximately a month later, in October, according to the sources…

In 2013, iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks launched a month apart because Apple diverted resources from OS X to finish up the radical new iOS design, and this year, sources say that Apple has roped in engineering and user interface design experts from the iOS team in order to complete Yosemite for the fall. Either later this month or early next month, Apple plans to provide a public beta of Yosemite, sources said earlier this week.

It is a bit surprising that the pair of next-generation systems with their newly similar appearances and tighter integration could launch separately. At its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple pushed a new set of features under the umbrella names of Continuity and Handoff. Continuity allows Yosemite to make phone calls and receive an internet connection via an iOS 8 iPhone, and Handoff allows an iPhone user, for example, to begin writing an email and finish the message on a Mac.

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