Apple has announced that its company will be releasing the public beta of OS X Yosemite on 24 July (25 July Malaysia). Yosemite was announced during the keynote at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) back in June. The beta testing program is free for anyone but is limited only to the first million users who sign up.
The new OS comes with a completely revamped user interface, giving it a modern look. The dock has been completely redesigned with translucency that delivers a parallax effect to the users.
Certain new features such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot and iCloud drive might not be available just yet. Spotlight search suggestions will be made available only for the US at this time of the moment as stated on Apple’s website.
Apple advises that it is best to install the OS X Yosemite on a secondary Mac instead of a primary as the pre-release beta testing might contain certain issues (bugs and glitches) that would cause the current services to halt, and applications might not work due to incompatibility. Those who still insist on installing the beta should back up all data on their Macs before doing so.
Users that stumble on issues or bugs regarding the OS or software, can report through the built-in Feedback Assistant application.
Along with the release are the iTunes 12.0, OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview, and Apple Configurator 1.7 beta software. iTunes gets a new look plus the icon colour has changed from the blue to red. Family Sharing support was added including improvements made to the playlists.
In order to get a glimpse of the beta, Mac users must be running the current OS X Mavericks on their system in order to get the upgrade. To do so, download will be made available free of charge through the OS X Beta Program.
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