Mac OS X Yosemite Beta is Available Now
Apple released the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta — the tenth version of Apple’s operating system — on July 24. The Beta program aims to invite consumers to use Mac OS X Yosemite and provide feedback on inaccuracies and errors encountered during its use. Users can submit feedback using the built-in Feedback Assistant application directly to Apple.
The Cupertino tech giant revealed its tenth version of the operating system at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. It was available to the developers to try out and provide feedback but this time Apple plans to let its users be a part of the testing program.
Mac OS X Yosemite will let users enjoy Apple’s new features like Continuity and Handoff. You would not be able to test these features in the beta version though. They will be available with the final release.
Continuity and Handoff will let users answer phone calls via Mac. Using these features along with iCloud will sync all of the devices — which means if you are writing an email on your Mac and then you have to go somewhere, you will be able to start typing the email on your iPhone from the exact same point where you left.
The only limitation Apple has set is that only first one million users — who will sign up with their Apple ID — will be able to try out the beta version of the operating system. You will need OS X Mavericks running on your Mac PC. If you don’t have Mavericks, you can download it for free from the Mac App Store and then download OS X Yosemite.
Apple has cautioned its users that this beta version may contain errors and inaccuracies and has advised to use it on secondary Mac instead of primary Mac. They have also advised their users to first backup their Mac using Time Machine before installing the beta. Some features of the OS such as phone calls, Continuity, Handoff, iCloud Drive, and Instant Hotspot will not be available in the beta version.
Beta Testing Program is a nice step by Apple in the development of OS X Yosemite. Software engineers face a lot of difficulties in testing phase of any software. Many bugs are pointed out after a system is released and is being used by the consumers. This harms the customer’s trust in the company.
However, involving loyal users in a testing program helps the developers fix bugs and unknown errors before the release of the final version, and that’s what Apple intends to do with the release of Mac OS X Yosemite Beta.
Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be available for free and it will be officially released in fall.