WWDC 2014 keynote (Yosemite dark mode 001)

As promised, Apple today opened up OS X 10.10 Yosemite betas to the first million applicants who’ve signed up for the OS X Beta Program using their Apple ID. If you haven’t yet signed up for the program, better hurry up! Otherwise, be patient as Apple will email you soon (using your Apple ID contact details) to let you know when your OS X Yosemite Beta redemption code is ready.

There’s a lot to love about Yosemite – both in terms of the simplified, flattened user interface and  new features that take integration between iOS and the Mac to the next level.

It also marks the first time Apple has permitted both its registered Mac developers and the general public to access betas of a work-in-progress Mac operating system update.

Today’s poll asks a very simple question: are you, or are you not, going to install the public Yosemite beta on your Mac?

To create a dual-boot configuration, follow Jeff’s excellent tutorial on installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a partition of its own.

Your Mac must meet the following requirements for Yosemite betas:

  • OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later installed
  • At least 2GB of memory
  • At least 8GB of availble disk space

You’ll be installing the current build 14A299l, virtually the same version Apple releases to developers earlier in the week. I’m saying “virtually” because Yosemite public beta is one build newer than the fourth beta released to developers.

Cast your vote below and join us in comments.

Known issues include:

  • Safari
    • Safari may hang when playing certain Netflix content.
  • iPhoto and Aperture
    • iPhoto 9.5.1 and Aperture 3.5.1 are required on OS X Yosemite. Update to these versions from the Mac App Store.
    • When entering edit mode in iPhoto, a black screen may be displayed instead of the selected photo.
    • Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing may not function properly when both iPhoto and Aperture are installed.
  • iCloud
    • The shared purchase history page on the Mac App Store is disabled for Family Sharing accounts.
    • iCloud Drive may appear empty in the Finder after first time setup. Restart to resolve this problem.
  • AirDrop
    • AirDrop may not show nearby Macs.
    • Sending files to another Mac using AirDrop may not work.

One more thing: unless you also happen to run iOS 8, some of the coolest Yosemite features won’t work such as Handoff, the ability to make and take phone calls via FaceTime on your Mac, SMS in the Messages app, AirDrop between Yosemite and iOS 8, Instant Hotspot and iCloud Drive.

OS X Yosemite (Handoff, Mac-iPad 001)

To get in on the action:

  1. Sign up at the OS X Beta Program webpage using your Apple ID
  2. If you receive an email from Apple, you’re in – visit the OS X Beta Program webpage again and log in with the same Apple ID you’ve used to sign up for the program.
  3. Scroll down and tick the ‘I have read the above and understand the limitations of using this beta software’ box. Now hit the big blue Download OS X Yosemite Beta button
  4. The Mac App Store will open with your redemption code already entered. In the Mac App Store, click the Redeem button to start your download (the installer clocks in at about five gigabytes) and follow the on-screen instructions.

OS X Yosemite redemption code

On first-run, Yosemite will offer to migrate your iCloud Documents & Data to the upcoming iCloud Drive. Keep in mind that migrating to iCloud Drive will make your documents stored in iCloud Drive sync only between Macs running the OS X Yosemite beta and iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 8.

Folks who’ve opted to stay on iCloud will continue to enjoy seamless data sync across all devices and operating system. Those still on the fence of deploying Yosemite on their work/home machine should check out the ten things you should know before jumping in on the action with the public Yosemite beta.

  • I already installed the Developer Preview a month ago. Pretty solid so far.

  • ✦ intelligent anomaly ✦

    I have been using this since the initial Developer Preview, and has been quite stable.

  • Merman123

    Pretty solid, although Safari seems to get laggy at times.

    • CA

      The only problem I’ve had in the past month is with Safari. Hope they fix the bugs soon, other than that it’s been flawless

  • Jason Baroni

    I would if I had a Mac.

    • Giacomo Castellucci

      hackintosh is the way 😛

      • Jason Baroni

        I upgraded from the PC to the iPad. Happy with the change 🙂

      • Alex-V

        Did you have it on hackintosh ..dont want to loose my Mavericks atm..will look maybe a second partition or usb

      • Giacomo Castellucci

        i installed it on a usb HD and it works just fine (not all kexts from mavericks are working though)

      • Alex-V

        Thx my friend ..I only need on extra kext for wifi..fingers crossed 🙂

      • Ryan Roberts

        I would definitely have a hackintosh if I had the compatible hardware. 😛

      • Harry Hurt

        Hackintosh is great if all you want is trouble. I’ve done this on three different machine and all I had was problems, especially when doing -any- updates. The whole point with apple is that they have full control over hardware making it possible to make the most reliable systems you possibly can get. My previous macbook pro was five years old, and used very little time on tweaking anything. But hackintosh is fun just to see how stable you can get it. But using it for production… nah! 🙂

      • 3505nr

        Actually, I build a hackintosh a few months ago for multimedia stuff, and have had 0 issues. All comes down to hardware choices.

  • Zomb

    Downloading now.. Seems to be a stable beta, from what I’ve seen so far. Can’t wait to install!

  • mobsk128

    I’ve got to say Yosemite is the best OS update so far since Leopard

    • Rafeisawesome

      did this wipe out all of your data?

      • Mark A. Stewart

        No, the beta does not wipe out your data, it acts like an upgrade. Just like going from Mountain Lion to Mavericks. I just upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite and I have to say it is very stable, yes there are some bugs here and there but great otherwise. I would say you would be safe in doing so though I still recommend backing up first like I did just to be safe. I absolutely love dark mode however. 😀

      • Rafeisawesome

        Thank you

  • Ethan Humphrey

    I haven’t gotten an email yet. I signed up when it first came out. I’m also running iOS 8 so i will be able to use all the awe some features

    • Rayman

      Don’t wait for the email, just click on the link titled “OS X Beta Program” in the article and sign in with your credentials and if you’re registered, you will received a redemption code to get the OS from the app store.

      • That might work but for now it might be down “We’ll be back soon” have patience everyone!

      • Ethan Humphrey

        Yeah, I figured that out after I posted the comment, installing now

    • Foellarbear

      Same here, I haven’t received any email from Apple. I’m almost certain I was within the first 1,000,000 to sign up.

      • Okhoo

        Go to the Beta Program website and sign in

    • Barrett Jasper

      You WON’T be using some of them actually….read the info. Many aren’t yet available. 🙁

  • I got “The Code has already been redeemed.”
    Anyone else got this problem?

    • Tobias Heinloth

      yes i have the same problem

    • DanielRojass

      Check in your “Purchases” tab in the app store and see if its downloading ?
      Thats what happened to mine

      • Didn’t find anything. What should I look for?

      • Check on Purchases again. Same happened to me!

      • Apparently, I got another code. But now, Mac App Store won’t show up the Redeem page due to some error: “Your request is temporarily unable to be processed”

      • Tony

        In the purchases section it should say OSX Beta Program bla bla bla.. it will look like the update to mavericks basically. But it’s a separate file obviously.

      • Apparently, I got another code. But now, Mac App Store won’t show up the Redeem page due to some error: “Your request is temporarily unable to be processed.”

      • DanielRojass

        Like this

    • D McKinney

      just refresh or just go to app store and look under purchases and it will be there

  • John Wickham

    I’ve been using the developer preview, and it seems that beta 4 (the public beta) is *almost* as stable as Mavericks. That being said, Mavericks had its issues. Namely, you’ll find some issues in Preview for sure.

  • AngieLaharoli

    my co-worker’s sister makes $73 hourly on the computer . She has been unemployed for 8 months but last month her check was $17938 just working on the computer for a few hours.

    see this website……………………………bit.ly/Uc26xT

    • Manuel Molina

      Really? How? By spamming sites? Awesome!!

      On a serious note, I’ll pass on the update. Snow Leopord is still the best to me. It’s like the XP of Windows computers.

      • Kr00

        Yes, coz living in the past is so much fun………. :/

      • Manuel Molina

        I’m sure you nothing about computers, but I have a 2010 MacBook and updated to Lion – it sucked. I went back to SL.

        Mountain Lion was okay but noticed how it slows down my start-up and shut-down time; applications took forever. I’m using 4 ram and don’t want to update to 8 to use my normal applications.

        Since my MacBook is a older model, it doesn’t feel useful to have challenges using things that just work. I also don’t like the iOS experience on my computer. I brought my laptop to be used like a computer and not iOS. I have my iPhone and it has iOS. I’ll keep it like that.

  • Vorboid

    Appleseed website is down 🙁

  • sagarbtl

    The site went down!!

    • Jose Gonzalez

      Keep refreshing.

  • Мarjan

    i’ve got the redemption code but it’s already used, that’s not true 🙁

    • Kiran Kumar

      check in ur purchase tab

  • Tarek

    Code Already Redeemed !!
    anyone has this problem?

    • Kiran Kumar

      check in ur purchase tab u will find it will be downloading

      • Tarek

        Ty for replying
        I got another code and downloaded and installed 5 hours ago
        It’s as stable as mavericks to be a Beta…. Good Job Apple

  • Chindavon

    My download keeps failing :o(

    • Tony

      Lots and lots of people downloading it. 🙂

  • QP

    nope… 🙁 i’m so sad…

    • Tony

      Just go to their website via the link above, sign into your apple ID, click the checkbox to ok you understand what your getting into and you’ll get a redemption code on the screen. Then head to the app store on your mac, redeem the code, download the beta, install and enjoy! 🙂

      • QP

        Oh oh! it works! thank you so much Tony!!! Applause!!! 😉

  • James Gunaca

    Signed up, haven’t received an e-mail. Found the DP3 build online and installed that on a separate partition. Now on DP4. Even if Apple doesn’t send me the e-mail I’ll be keeping Yosemite on a separate partition until upgrading my Mavericks install when it’s out.

    • Tarek

      apple won’t send u an email
      just go to the website and get ur code
      website now down updating

      • James Gunaca

        I eventually got an email.

      • Tarek

        But there’s no code in it as people was saying and waiting

      • D McKinney

        When we signed up apple site said we would get an email but most didn’t we just went back to site and put in apple id and it gives you the code…

  • For those who get the message telling you the code has already been used, check on Purchases. Yosemite should be right there waiting for you!

    • Мarjan

      i can’t find it…no trace of Yosemite

    • Gary LE

      is it os x beta 1? Which is same as beta for the public?

  • abdullah575

    why they don’t do it for iOS ??!!! FREE

    • Tony

      I think because IOS is a no go back type of install. If you installed a beta on your device and it expires that’s a big issue. But if you install a beta of OSX it’s a bit easier to go back and install a previous version of the OS. I’m not saying that’s the main reason, I’m just saying I can definitely see an issue there. Do I agree with them not allowing an open beta on IOS? No I don’t! I think that should be open as well, this allows even the average joe end user to try their new product before it’s officially done. Maybe that person sees something the high end tech guys don’t.

      • D McKinney

        They don’t open betas to the public because if you had tons of peoples iPhones crashing and not working & complaining about it online then apples reputation could take a hit. So its a good idea they leave the betas to the professionals

  • Amitai Abraham

    The website is back with new redemption code 🙂 downloading…

  • Dende

    Is the Public Beta US only? Will i get it in Germany ? Signed up directly after the Keynote…

    • Foellarbear

      I’m pretty sure it’s available internationally, but certain features like Spotlight are only available in the US.

  • disqusted

    Both the dev portal and the main iTunes Store are down as of 2:45pm EST I can confirm for me.

    Seems to be spotty up and down.

  • Foellarbear

    If we install this BETA can we progress through app store updates to the FINAL version of OS X Yosemite? Or will we have to install the final version separately?

    • Tarek

      you will upgrade through app store ^_^

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Yes you will upgrade through Mac Store but it will be 5gigs download. 😉 Be ready for that. 😀

      • Tarek

        lol , 5 gigs not that much , 2 hours it’ll take 🙂

      • Anmol Malhotra

        2hrs????? :O :O :O -.- (Y) (Y)
        For me it will take min 10 hrs -.-
        You are sooooo lucky to have that kind of speed. I envy you. :p 😀

      • Tarek

        lol haha

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Dude, >_<
        Whats your internet speed? -_-

      • Josh


      • Anmol Malhotra

        WTF!!! Mother of all speeds!!!!! :O

      • Guest

        I’m not a fan of my upload speed.

      • Josh

        Not a fan of my upload speed.

      • Foellarbear

        5 GB’s can actually be a substantial amount if you have a base model macbook with only 128 GB’s.

      • Tarek

        yup , fortunately i have a 256 gigs model 🙂

      • Foellarbear

        Thank you!

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Anytime, my friend. 🙂 😉

      • Tarek

        Just Installed it 🙂 awesome !!!1

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Yes you will have to install it separately from Mac Store.. Like it will be 5GB download for public version.
      Thats what Apple do in iOS ( we have to download 1.8-2GB for public version released if we are testing beta ) , so i think it would be same in OS X also.

      • Foellarbear

        ok I’m getting two different answers from people. Progress updates through Mac Store or not?

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Do you wanna instal beta or not? If yes i can guide you.. 🙂 or you can follow the steps above..
        But remember one thing : When a public version will be made available you will also get an update from Mac Store updates section ( Infact you will get update for each software you will test on Yosemite like iTunes 12.0 , xcode or anyone ) So updating is not an issue. Only issue is you will have to face some issues which are curently present in DP4.

      • Foellarbear

        alright gotcha.

      • Tarek

        yes from the mac App Store but when the final release it’ll download another 5 gigs

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Now, same ans from diff people. 😀 Now you should proceed. 🙂 😉

  • Tarek

    donwloading 🙂 2 gigs to go ^_^

  • Technocrz!

    Used first beta unofficially, but now im
    Downloading public beta and install it on already created partition for yosemite month back. Excited.

  • Monkey4129

    my copy of Yosemite won’t download… it keep jumping from 17MB to 0 bytes and then it gives me an error

    • Gary LE

      Are you downloading the osx Yosemite beta 1? I can’t DL it either? Or do we need to find public beta?

      • Monkey4129

        yes I am downloading osx Yosemite beta 1, still no luck…

      • Gary LE

        I thought I was the only one not being able to completely download it lol. Anyways so as long as you have the code then you can DL it whenever using the app store I guess? It seems like maybe a million people is downloading it as the same time and thats why there is the error message lol.

  • Alex-V

    I’m in..just download it 🙂

  • Foellarbear

    “iPhoto 9.5.1 and Aperture 3.5.1 are required on OS X Yosemite.”

    – I don’t understand… we need both photographer softwares?

    • Alexa21

      No, it is saying that if you have those applications you need to have the latest software.

  • Running smooth; but dark mode is not translucent; its an ugly grey; any fix?

  • Jad Boukai

    I got it! So far, the design is great. I’m really just looking forward to the seamless transfer between my phone and computer

  • branalvere

    The notes app crashes fairly regularly on Developer preview 4 but it’s not a deal breaker. I’ve also had issues with mission control and expose not working after I’ve played a game in steam, again not the end of the world. Otherwise 10.10 seems solid. All MS Office products work fine with it, as does Quark 10, GIMP, Dropbox, and even tweaks like Better Touch Tool, Karibiner etc. It’s hard to imagine going back to 10.9 once you’ve seen the amazing new spotlight, notification centre et al. and dark mode!

  • iPT MSTR

    wish apple can do the same for ios 8 beta

  • jaysoncopes

    I installed Yosemite on a separate HDD- seems to be working great so far. Extremely stable and have had minimal problems. Best part is that it finished installing quick enough for me to order my new MBP on it 😛

  • im2slick4u

    Why don’t we get an iOS 8 public beta?

    • Anmol Malhotra

      There’s a workaround for iOS users too.. If apple could activate our UDID’s like for 1st million sign ups then we can test the betas.. 😉
      The decision is purely upto Apple.. lets hope in some future we get a chance to test betas.. Apple introducing TestFlight on iOS seems that it will be possible in near future that apple will release iOS public beta maybe for iOS 9?

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Yosemite is so bad ass

  • Amine Laifi

    I installed it today and I’m already in love with it

  • jp2002

    Preview can’t save png images.

  • Technocrz!

    One thing really anoying me, when i plug my iphone with my mac yosemite open image capture app, but there isnt any option to stop it opening automatically. Am i missing something.

  • Technocrz!

    One more thing my gmail and other google apps email accounts are not setting up in yosemite. Is there any fix for that.

  • Benjamin Lopez

    Hi everyone, i got a question for you cause i’m new on mac OS X :

    If I install Yosemite beta on a differente partition of my harddrive, can i luanch program from my mavericks partition when i’m booted on yosemite ? Or must I re-install the program on the yosemite partition ?

    (Hope it was clear, my english is bad)

  • Rafeisawesome

    will this wipe out all of your data

  • using Yosemite beta

  • Explorz

    the article says “Folks who’ve opted to stay on iCloud will continue to enjoy seamless data sync across all devices and operating system. ”

    I don’t believe that is true. It seems that both Numbers and Pages have no way to access iCloud documents under the Yosemite Beta if icloud drive isn’t activated.

    So, with icloud drive, Mavericks and i0s7 can’t access icon docs. Without iCloud drive activated, Yosemite can’t access iCloud docs.

    Am I missing something here?

  • Atmospheric Music

    I prefer the Developer Preview since I’m in the Developer Program. I want to have more frequent updates, public beta will get updates rarely (if not even at all). Developer Preview is already getting DP5 this Monday/Tuesday but not public beta.

  • DrCoffee

    Aperture 3.5.1 has some functions that are not working well on MacBook Pro 13″ 8GB ram. Zooming and Loupe do not display magnified image, this is also a problem with aperture on Mac Mini (i7, 16 GB ram… etc.) I know that they stopped development on Aperture, but should be able to be supported by the OS for a few more updates. Zooming does work with iPhoto. Otherwise Yosemite is pretty stable.

  • Ok, so now after having separate Yosemite HD partition I have been using Yosemite very well. But now I have decided to go back to my main OS (Mavericks) and I know how to delete the Yosemite HD partition but I do not know how to delete Recovery 10.10 which keeps showing up when I boot MBA with option key…

    Any help would be highly appreciated.
    PS if I remove Yosemite HD does the recovery also removes itself?

  • cavetroll

    i’ve tested the public beta and was dissapointed too many freezes on safari etc . I even had kernel panic !! Also most of my apps won’t even start !! to be precise almost all my apps won’t run !!! The performance was unacceptable …went back to linux and dissapointed with osx . It isn’t worth it don’t spend your money in apple products………….

  • Anyone else getting a “Redemption code already redeemed” error when you try to get yosemite from the beta website?

  • Marcel Corvilain

    upload to iCloud seem to have stopped any idea why