Apple Announced OS X Yosemite Public Beta

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Apple is giving developers access to the beta version of OS X Yosemite now, and will let the public get in on the beta action some time this summer. The company tried out the public beta program with OS X 10.9.3, and now is ready to do the same with its next major Mac OS upgrade.

Apple to offer public beta of OS X Yosemite this summerApple to offer public beta of OS X Yosemite this summer

OS X Yosemite includes a redesigned flatter looking interface, the ability to mark up documents without special apps, jump between devices to work on documents automatically, use the Mac as a speaker phone for the iPhone, and more.

The beta will be available this summer, and the official release will come this fall. Apple will be offering OS X Yosemite as a free upgrade through the Mac App store.

Apple is still showing off new features, so be sure to continue checking in with The Mac Observer for our ongoing live event coverage.

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You should update the article. Only the first 1 million people who sign up will have access to the public beta. I suspect those slots will fill quickly.

Scott B in DC

Welcome to the post Steve Jobs Apple!

How much of this iOS interconnection would have been allowed by Jobs? Jobs had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the App store. Now that Jobs created the base, Tim Cook is now staying within the paradigm and they figured out how to extend it.

Look at the innovation:
Not counting iTunes, when would Jobs acknowledge that Apple would really welcome Windows users? All of these iCloud extensions will work with Windows and bring in Windows users into the Apple infrastructure.

Tim Cook’s Apple is extending the Apple infrastructure to include technologies that is not their own. Being able to send SMS on iOS and OS X is moving Apple outside of its own sandbox.

But not only moving out of their sandbox, they’re inviting people in to the iCloud infrastructure. They are also offering ways to extend iOS without compromising their basic infrastructure.

In Tim Cook’s Apple, you get your illusion of multitasking with plugins that are forced to play nicely with each other while extending the brand. I am waiting to pay for the new TextExpander extended keyboard!

Tim Cook’s Apple will allow developers to bundle software and eventually beta test apps. I am sure paid upgrades are around the corner.

I could write more, but you get the idea that Tim Cook’s Apple is now more open to more people and will make it a richer platform. Welcome to the new Apple.


“Being able to send SMS on iOS and OS X is moving Apple outside of its own sandbox.”

I think the security demonstration made it pretty clear that Apple isn’t moving away from the sandbox.

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