Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Beta, Program Limited to first 1 Million Applicants
Unlike its mobile counterpart, the iOS 8 Beta, which is currently only available for users who either have a developer account or have access to one, the upcoming OS X update, the OS X Yosemite Beta will be available for download to regular users.
Apple has already updated its website with the information. The first million to register for the OS X Yosemite Beta will be the first ones who get to try out the Operating System before its official release later on in the year.
You can sign up for the OS X Yosemite Beta by going to Apple’s official webpage.
In order to be able to run Yosmite beta, Apple advises its customers to make sure they have the OS Mavericks installed on their machine. Secondly, Apple recommends its users to have a backup of their data before the installation of the new OS X Yosemite, or install the Beta version on a secondary Mac, if possible.
Like the tradition has been for the Beta versions of new OSes and software updates, some of the things that were showcased about the Yosemite OS would not be available in the Beta version, however, they will be coming later on. HandOff, SMS, Phone Calls, iCloud Documents, Instant Hotspot are some of the features that will not be available in the Beta version. Also the spot light search feature will be limited to U.S in the beginning.
It was back in 2000 when Apple first gave public access of Beta version of their OS and charged $29.95 for running an early addition of what later developed into the OS X 10.0 or Cheetah as it is better known.
Ever since then, Apple has only allowed access of unreleased copies of their OS to registered developers who pay the company $99 on an yearly basis.
Apple has not as yet informed about the availability of the OS X Yosemite but it will be e-mailing the registered customers so they don’t have to worry about it.
Meanwhile, back on the handheld side of things, the iOS 8 Beta is also up for grabs. Like mentioned in the beginning, the iOS 8 will be available only to those customers who have a developers account (which costs you about $99).
If you do have a dev account, then you are welcome to try it out on your device as long as you are not bothered by numerous glitches, battery drainage, app crashes and other irritating bugs.
Surprised to hear that? Well, it is a Beta version and not much like that goes in those versions of softwares.
The main goal for their release is for other developers to get a feel for the the new iOS and for them to get comfortable with it and develop apps for it.