Apple's OS X Yosemite Public Beta Begins Today

Apple's OS X Yosemite Public Beta Begins Today

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The appeal of the new OS version is centered around connectivity and flexibility when working on a network with multiple devices.

Today, Apple is making its upcoming new computer operating system OS X Yosemite available to the public via beta. The company announced the new software at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference last month- generating excitement with a new feature called "Handoff" that allows users to transfer whatever operation they happen to be engaged in from one Apple device to another. Developers have been experimenting with the OS since June.

For those interested in getting their hands on the software before it hits shelves later this year, they must sign up for Apple's Beta Program and subsequently activate the link sent the next day to your attatched email. That link will allow for you to download the beta. The first one million who sign up will be given access.

As per usual, it is recommended that participants backup any important data before downloading the Yosemite beta on any of their devices- as testing unfinished software could prove to be problematic. The software will come with a built-in feedback assistant app which lets users report bugs and submit their thoughts on their experience with the OS.

Apple has reported a 5.9% increase in revenue since last year, and hopes to keep its popularity going with upcoming software. "We're thrilled with the results, and we're thrilled with where we are going," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "The momentum is really strong."

Do you plan on engaging in the Yosemite Beta? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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Just let me know when it finally becomes OS XI, then I just might be interested... honestly, I feel like I've been looking at the same OS since 2001.

Eirreann:
Just let me know when it finally becomes OS XI, then I just might be interested... honestly, I feel like I've been looking at the same OS since 2001.

Why fix what isn't broken? I prefer the evolutionary steps the Mac OS has at every iteration than the Windows-cycle that intercalates hits and misses, like Win 7 (hit) or Vista and 8 (misses).

Mac OS is reliable, and it is easy to keep clean and organized. I find everything more streamlined and easier to use. I am not saying it doesn't have its flaws, nor I consider myself an Apple fanboy. I even run Win 7 on bootcamp, for homebrews and Android hacking...

But, comparing it to Windows, Mac OS is a much better fit for my needs as a user.

I wonder how long I can go without updating. I'm still on Lion 10.7.5 and refuse to update even my iTunes to that abominable version 11 that got rid of the jukebox album cover views in lieu of a boring and store centered UI.
I haven't had any issues with Lion yet except for when I tried installing the game Symphony so I just play it on Boot Camp Win 7 instead.

I just cant get with the over simplification of everything. It looks way too much like a toy now for my tastes and with each OS iteration it looks like they are dumbing locking down more and more stuff. At this point I think the updates (save for any security patches) are unnecessary. It's almost like Apple keeps pushing them out just to keep their developers busy.

Big_Boss_Mantis:

Eirreann:
Just let me know when it finally becomes OS XI, then I just might be interested... honestly, I feel like I've been looking at the same OS since 2001.

Why fix what isn't broken? I prefer the evolutionary steps the Mac OS has at every iteration than the Windows-cycle that intercalates hits and misses, like Win 7 (hit) or Vista and 8 (misses).

Mac OS is reliable, and it is easy to keep clean and organized. I find everything more streamlined and easier to use. I am not saying it doesn't have its flaws, nor I consider myself an Apple fanboy. I even run Win 7 on bootcamp, for homebrews and Android hacking...

But, comparing it to Windows, Mac OS is a much better fit for my needs as a user.

I guess as a general rule I am a fan of change; it makes things more interesting and engaging (getting to learn new ways of doing things, finding new tricks, etc... I may be one of the few PC gamers out there that actually likes Windows 8...)
But for the most part I agree with not needlessly updating something that already works, because that does run the risk of making the situation worse rather than better; however, in the absence of "fixing" things, they seem to be, well, Nowhere Man has put it better than I could:

Nowhere Man:
I just cant get with the over simplification of everything. It looks way too much like a toy now for my tastes and with each OS iteration it looks like they are dumbing locking down more and more stuff. At this point I think the updates (save for any security patches) are unnecessary. It's almost like Apple keeps pushing them out just to keep their developers busy.

 

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