OS X Yosemite (dark mode, Hamza Sood 001)

In years past, only Apple’s registered Mac developers were given access to early betas of OS X builds. With OS X Yosemite, Apple has changed tactics and is now allowing everyone to get in on the action by signing up for its new Public OS X Yosemite Beta preview program.

Apple has said that it will open up Public Yosemite beta for everyone later this summer and now CNET is reporting that the company is set to release the beta version of OS X 10.10 Yosemite to the public on Thursday, July 24…

Following up on its release of the latest iOS 8 and Yosemite betas earlier in the week, the Cupertino firm has said that everyone can try out the upcoming Mac operating system starting tomorrow, CNET reports:

The company plans to release the beta version of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite to the public on Thursday, giving consumers their first chance to try out Apple’s latest advances.

You can sign up for the Public OS X Yosemite Preview beta at Apple’s OS X Beta Program webpage here. The firm has said that the public beta will only open to the first million applicants.

The preview version is free to download, as will be the final version when it launches this Fall. Data suggests that Yosemite betas are seeing four times greater usage compared to Mavericks.

For example, OS X Yosemite Developer Preview hit 0.20 percent of total U.S. and Canadian web traffic versus a meager 0.05 percent after 30 days for the OS X Mavericks Developer Preview.

It’s interesting that Apple on Tuesday reported unusually strong Mac sales in its most recent quarter, having moved 4.4 million Mac units during a three-month period ended June 28.

That’s a nice eighteen percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter while at the same time the rest of the PC industry has been struggling for multiple consecutive quarters.

Will you be taking the plunge and installing Yosemite tomorrow?

  • ozerilker

    Good news for normal users

  • Dontwannaknow

    How stable is this build?

    • Jerry Le N. Fondamental

      Really stable as Beta i have no problem with it

      • Tarek

        how’s the battery life?
        same as mavericks??

      • Alex Marwaha

        U have asked like 30 times chill out. Battery life is fine it’s much smoother.

      • Tarek

        same as mavericks or it drains fast?

      • Guest

        He just answered the question, “much smoother” than mavericks.

      • batmobil

        “Smoother”? WTF does that mean? From what I have read the overall battery life in the Yosemite beta is slightly worse than Mavericks. Depends totally on how you use it though, I understand certain aspects of the Safari browser is more battery friendly than before, so if you only use your PC for simple browsing the beta might be more battery friendly.

      • Yujin

        I get like 1 extra hour. So so fr sooo good.

      • rockdude094

        Battery is almost the same, but the UI graphics are really choppy/laggy.

    • I’m using it for work, it’s pretty stable

      • Tarek

        how’s the battery life?
        same as mavericks?

      • Tristan

        Worse. WORSE!

  • Litchy

    Can’t wait 🙂

  • Jerry Le N. Fondamental

    I never pay anything on the internet i get everything for free 🙂

    • PhoneTechJay

      Thats great because not only is the beta free once you sign up but the OS will be free upon its release I bet you’re excited.

    • Yujin

      You should go the android route then

    • Kr00

      So you don’t mind working for free then either?

  • Tarek

    but how we will update to the latest release ?
    normal update from the app store? please reply

    • Gustaf

      You will be emailed tomorrow with instructions on how to install the Public Beta

      • Tarek

        i know but when i install it then in the fall will be the final release how we will update ?

      • roygelbart

        To join the OS X Beta Program, just sign up using your Apple ID. When the beta software is ready, you’ll receive a redemption code that will allow you to download and install OS X Yosemite Beta from the Mac App Store. Then go ahead and start using it. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, report it directly to Apple with the built-in Feedback Assistant application.

      • Tarek

        wow ur so far away from my question
        please read it again 🙂

      • roygelbart

        You would update directly from the Mac App Store.

      • Domodo

        Obviously, we should create a backup… But what if I backup on Mavericks, later on down the road back up again on Yosemite, but decide to go back to Mavericks and restore that same backup. Will it be recognized?
        (I’m asking because iOS 6 didn’t allow me to restore from backups made on iOS 7.)

      • I think TimeMachine backs up everything so no you would need to restore from your previous back up and lose any files in your newer backups or get what you need from your newer backups and restore to the old backup…

      • Kr00

        You will be able to update the betas through the App Store, but to install the GM, you have to download the final release from the App Store. You can’t update from a beta to GM.

  • Andrius

    so, is there any difference from beta, that is available now, from tomorrow release?

    • wahizul

      it will be the same as Developer Preview 4 that released few days ago. Dev will get often updates than the public beta though.

  • Lhu

    worthless! so slow! (Ive got Macbook pro late 2013 2.6Ghz i5 8GB)! also Continuity feature is not in the package! I dont really care about those flat icons

    • Tarek

      Really? so slow ?
      i also have Macbook pro late 2013 2.4Ghz i5 8GB

      so u don’t recommend it right?

      • Lhu

        I dont recommend it, I made another 50GB partition on my 500GB macbook pro hard drive, and I install Yosemite on it..

      • Tarek

        maybe installing it on main partition is diiffrent from making another ,but who knows

      • Kr00

        Nope, you never install beta OS’s over you main system. A partition is on your main drive, just quarantined from your main OS.

      • dpacemaker

        I have a MacBook Air late 2013, and it works fine. Continuity works fine, especially on the newest beta version. In beta 1,2 it was hit or miss, but I have yet have it not work in the latest release.

      • Lhu

        yeah I think I tried beta 1 or 2, so perhaps it plays too but still features such as sms and handoff wont be in the beta anyway “Since the beta software is unfinished, some new features will not be available, such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud Drive.”

      • dpacemaker

        I don’t know how the public beta will differ from the developer release, but I have had handoff working flawlessly since Beta 2. The newest release has worked great concerning phone calls and SMS. I have yet to test the instant hotspot feature though.

      • Lhu

        what is the latest release I will give it a try, do you have a link to download it? thx

      • dpacemaker

        I downloaded the first Beta from PirateBay and have updated through the App Store ever since.

      • Tarek

        how’s the battery life on ur MBA ?

      • Tarek, for God’s sake, wait till the final release. Stop hammering us with battery questions. It’s a beta! It’s not going to be as stable as Mavericks!

      • Tarek

        what’s wrong if i asked about the battery performance on OS X 10.10?

      • dpacemaker

        I haven’t seen any significant change on my battery life.

    • Kr00

      1) It’s a Beta. 2) Not all features will be available. 3) Been running 10.10 since Beta 1 on 2009 MBP 4GB RAM, runs like a dream.

    • Tarek

      after this comment from you
      i installed yosemite on my main drive
      and it’s pretty smooth and not slow
      except safari has some problems
      maybe because you made another partition 🙂

  • Tarek

    How’s they Battery Life on yosmite ?
    thet’s the most important thing to me !

    • James Gunaca


  • PhoneTechJay

    I myself will be taking the plunge!! Its been a while I’m surprised that a million users haven’t signed up yet.

  • Mini Apple Genius


  • ✦ intelligent anomaly ✦

    I’ve been using Yosemite since the first preview release, and it is very stable – as stable as Mavericks. There are some Safari issues, but the latest release (the first public one) seems to have ironed those out, at least mostly. I don’t use it on a MB, so I cannot comment too much about battery life however, but since it’s beta, there will be more done for troubleshooting and diagnostics than release builds – this aside, performance is very good.

  • Alex Ribak

    How do i know if i am between the 1 million people selected to try the beta version of yosemite? without having to receive the email?

  • disqusted

    Has anyone attempted to install this in a virtual machine rather than a physical one? I’d like to test it, but don’t have the time or balls to install it aside windows. Too much involved (repartitioning, raid arrays, etc) to risk it.

    But— I have had success running mountain lion in virtual box in the past. Presently I’m not running OS X in any form. So, anyone have these betas running successfully in a VM?

  • James Gunaca

    Stable, but do not replace your Mavericks build. There are apps that simply won’t work. This includes some Apple apps like iMovie, it just won’t run.

    There are also iMessage issues everyone should be aware of. When my Mavericks install is off and I boot back in, iMessage downloads the latest message history before I start chatting again, and Yosemite does NOT do this yet (for me, at least).

    It’s beta, so not everything is going to work. Apps will crash. Bugs abound.

  • KaCCaD

    I submitted my first bug today using the Feedback assistant and was surprised at some of the information being included. Diagnostic.log contained info from Mail including email addresses and email headers/senders along with references to Trash and Deleted folders. Many of the references were really old making me wonder what exactly it was querying. Info is only included if Mail is open.

    Any other experiences with Feedback Assistant and possible privacy concerns?

  • Stygimoloch

    Apples servers suck. Non stop errors, I have downloaded more than 75GB and it hasn’t completed once! Ever heard of “resume download” Apple?!?!