In a first for the Cupertino-based company, Apple has confirmed that an OS X Yosemite beta will launch tomorrow, July 24.
Marking the first time the iPhone and iPad maker will let Mac users get an early look at its next major software refresh, the OS X Yosemite beta will be open to the first million people to sign up – with registrations still being taken through the official Apple website.
Although registered developers will gain additional access and features, the public OS X Yosemite beta – which is open to anyone with an Apple ID and a compatible Mac – will offer an early look at the software, with a number of incremental updates to be rolled out until the full OS X Yosemite release this autumn.
“Join the OS X Beta Program and help make the next release of OS X our best yet,” Apple has said on its beta registration page.
The manufacturer added: “Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback.”
With beta access to be opened tomorrow, July 24, Apple has offered a number of guidelines to those looking to make use of the development software.
Requiring you Mac to be running the latest OS X Mavericks iteration prior to the beta update, Apple has recommended installing the beta on a secondary Mac – if you’re fortunate enough to have such a luxury – due to the temperamental nature of the beta software.
With the OS X Yosemite beta to offer an early play with some , but not all the software’s inbound new features, Apple warned: “Please be sure to back up your Mac using Time Machine before you install the beta.”
The company added: “Since the beta software is unfinished, some new features will not be available, such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud Drive.”
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