OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 and new iTunes 12 build now available

By , Aug 21, 2014

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Apple has just released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta and a new beta build of the thoroughly overhauled iTunes 12 for Yosemite.

The second public Yosemite beta arrives after the first public beta was made available at the end of last month and is basically the same as OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 seeded to Apple’s registered developers last week.

Both updates are available to download through the Mac App Store for those who’ve applied for the OS X Beta Program

The public beta 2 of Yosemite now carriers a build number of ’14A329r’ versus Developer Preview 6’s build number of ’14A329f’. As for the newly issued iTunes 12 beta, it carries a build number of 12.0.0.97 (was 12.0.0.81 before).

iTunes 12.0.0.97 Beta (About window)

Speaking of iTunes, it now features reworked media-category icons for your Music, Movies, TV shows, Podcasts and more, in addition to smaller design tweaks ensuring user interface consistency. Another handy addition: a new ‘Recently Added’ view in the ‘All Albums’ section.

Here’s the previous iTunes 12.0.0.81.

iTunes 12.0.0.87 Beta (Music)

And these are the subtle changes spotted in the latest iTunes 12 beta.

iTunes 12.0.0.97 Beta (Music)

Known issues in Yosemite Public Beta 2:

  • Safari
    • Safari may hang whne 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.
    • Text and other interface elements such as checkboxes and radio buttons may not display properly.
    • Photos shared via Twitter and Messages may be rendered at a reduced size.
  • iCloud
    • The shared purhcase histroy page on the Mac App Store is disabled for Family Sharing accounts.

As for Yosemite, the latest new features that have first been made public in a developer-only release last week include an additional five wallpapers (download them here) that focus on the beauty of the Yosemite National Park, revamped icons in System Preferences, a tool to send Apple your diagnostics and usage data, a prettified MacBook charging icon in the menu bar and more.

new system prefs yosemite

Also new in Yosemite: a Do Not Disturb switch in the Notification Center and a host of other minor tweaks and changes, such as the new Image Capture and external drive icons and additional dashboard display choices with a new translucency option.

Spotted other changes in OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 or iTunes 12.0.0.97?

Good, post then down in the comments or drop us a line at tips@iDownloadBlog.com and I’ll update the article.

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  • Elias

    Nice 🙂

    • Kelli Steven

      To deal with it I have to close most of the apps and run as little as I can. Safari seems to be a huge ram hog

      • Shervin Tochahi

        ahhh its pain in butt specially when I’m in youtube its use around 3Gb even got to 4.4Gb once

      • Damian

        Did you just copy my sentence? I reserve the copyrights 😛

  • arvindb02

    Downloading right now. 😀

  • Downloading as I type.. These betas are very stable for me barely any crashes at all.

  • Max Rojas

    Will this be realesed In the fall?

    • Eric

      Yes, OSX Yosemite will be released in the fall, but as a completed version (non-beta).

  • Manor

    Has anyone tried Yosemite on the mid 2014 macbook pro with retina display? still not sure if I should upgrade…

    • thomas

      its at times unusable on the the 2014 macbook air

      • Manor

        Thanks for the reply

    • Julio Montes

      i have the late 2014 model and it hasnt crashed on me once. i use it for college and regular internet usage though

    • Have it on late 2013 Retina Pro with no issues other than some apps don’t work. The OS itself runs great…

      • Which apps?

      • Apps like Logic Pro and GarageBand, iPhoto, etc. Apple will obviously be updating these though (minus iPhoto?) when the time is right…

      • Vincentmrl

        iphoto will become photos anyways so it will be udpated

    • Stijn

      i am, it works quite great for me. the design is amazing IMO

      • Damian

        No clue what you are trying to sell me here. It just makes no sense

    • Jeffrey Feuerstein

      I got the early 2013 macbook pro retina and it has run perfectly since dp 1! no problems nor crashes at all! Don’t even doubt about upgrading;)

    • running this on my mid-2011 mac Mini with no issues. everything is running smoothly. in fact this beta is a lot better than the first version.

    • jp2002

      Don’t if you rely on certain vital apps like pixelmator. I installed it on early 2013 mbpr and there is a lot of issues.

  • Jon

    There’s a typo error:
    “Apple’s registered developers last week week.”
    A double “week” was entered.

    • Damian

      That’s a deal breaker. No more iDB

      • Felipe Lopez

        indeed

    • Fixed, thanks.

    • s05103

      One more.
      “Safari may hang whne playing certain Netflix content”

  • Damian

    Does anyone else experience heave usage of memory ram. I open few programs and my 8GB is almost full. To deal with it I have to close most of the apps and run as little as I can. Safari seems to be a huge ram hog

    • Teething issues so typical of a beta

      • Damian

        The problem is that even mavericks have this issue. Overall Mac is really bad when it comes to ram management. My 6GB on PC never uses more than 3gb and I run tons of things at once. On my Mac I open safari, iTunes, Dropbox and few others and 8gb will start running low

      • karol

        I think it’s bad windows management…. why use 3GB when there are 6GB available?

      • Damian

        Cough cough what???

        You just twisted the entire idea of having lots of ram. Basically you are saying if you have 16 then you should be using entire 16 no matter whether you run 1 app or 20

      • Stijn

        if you have the ram why not use it? if you have 1 app open that uses 16, or have 20 open and still uses 16.

      • Damian

        No just no. It is like saying if you have a car with 4 seats you should always have 4 people in your car no matter what

      • Stijn

        what im trying to say is that if you pay for 6 gigs why not use the full 6 gigs? thats like buying a 4 seater and never use the 4 seats but only 2. i was recommended a 4gb ram mac or a 6 gb windows pc as minimum.

      • Damian

        When I bought 8gb ram I did not want to run it at full capacity. That would be foolish to assume. You never ever want to run your memory at full capacity. As a matter of fact you don’t want to run any device or tool at full capacity. This could easily damage or overheat your device. It is probably safe to say you should have a minimum of around 10 to 20 percent left of whatever you are doing on whichever device.

        When you run memory at full capacity it means your computer will open apps slowely and it will not perform at its maximum potential speed. The reason is because the ram needs to handle 20 apps for example instead of 1 or 2 apps

      • Guest

        again look at right side of screenshot

      • If memory management really bothers you then you should just install and use a Linux OS of some sort…

      • Damian

        nah

      • Michal Nedavaška

        no this is not a problem. This is the full memory usage

      • Damian

        I don’t want few programs to use full memory because it slows down my Mac unnecessary. My PC windows is blazing fast and never uses more than 3gb out 6

      • Shervin Tochahi

        mainly the safari eat all the ram idk why but if you play video ahhh let just say its will be pain in ass if you have 4GB ram

      • Michal Nedavaška

        FLASH content 500MB…

      • 乃亜 印場

        Unix design is to take advantage of the RAM. What isn’t used by programs is typically used for caching, etc. You should look at WHAT is using up the RAM in the activity monitor if it bothers you.

    • Rot Kelfer

      not here. In fact everything is much zippier than it was with the previous public beta

      • Damian

        Did you try opening lots programs like. Open 15 programs that could run in the background like iTunes, Safari Dropbox etc and let us know

      • Rot Kelfer

        I always have safari, itunes, mail, lightroom/photoshop opened plus many other software. plus many apps in the bar. still zippy as hell, hardly any crashed anymore. can’t wait till the final version is seeded.

    • Michal Nedavaška

      its OK. I have 8GB. Check in activity monitor. I have App memory 4GB and File cash 3,17GB.

    • Michal Nedavaška

      The memory could not be unused. it is useless

    • Michal Nedavaška

      when you opening more apps the file cache will be reduced

      • Damian

        But what you are showing here is pretty bad. How can you quickly navigate in safari tabs and open new apps or websites? From my experience it is super slow. When I cleared the used memory down to 3gb by closing most programs my safari browser was super fast. With 8gb usage everything slows down and it is terrible

      • Vincentmrl

        Ram is managed like that: it fills the whole memory with cache so that things open faster, the cache gets removed from ram when any process needs ram and it becomes app memory. It’s not bad management, it’s safari being really heavy right now. yet even with programs like adobe illustrator+safari+skype+steam doing everything at the same time I had no slowdowns on a 2007 2,4Ghz iMac 24 with 6Gb RAM

      • Damian

        I get lots of slow downs. And to me it feels like Mac handles ram in a bad way. Same amount of programs would not take me 3gb on windows and Mac takes 7 or 8gb

      • Vincentmrl

        using 8Gb doesn’t mean the whole 8Gb used, because a part of that is reserved and ready to be used by your foreground application, that’s why it’s 8Gb usage when it’s actually not all used but reserved

  • Jeffrey Feuerstein

    Dat music… Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga…?

  • David Gitman

    Cant wait for itunes 12 to arrive windows

    • Raymond Lee

      maybe it remains the same current design

  • Eikast

    If I school were not starting this Monday I would be all over these beta builds but I’m studying computer science and I need perfect stability. Speaking of school, I already have an assembly assignment due before school starts /cry

    • This is why you dualboot. I have my MacBook triple booting Mavericks, Yosemite and Ubuntu Gnome…

      • Eikast

        I read on Macrumor forums that Yosemite was causing problems for some people’s partitions. I use Parallels but I should probably use Xubuntu natively instead of virtual machine.

      • No problems for me. Just create a new journaled partition to install Yosemite on and as for Ubuntu you can install it natively with this guide:

        help.ubuntu[.]com/community/MacBookPro11-1/Trusty

    • Rot Kelfer

      I have it installed as main OS and it hasn’t crashed on me once.

  • Drake Miller

    There’s a typo:
    “Safari may hang whne playing certain Netflix content”

    whne should be when.
    Thanks Christian!

  • Мирас Мынжасар

    Madonna)

  • QP

    Still a mess with movie’s covers

  • Clark ︻╦╤─

    when are they going to start fixing the overheating problem making our laptop and desktop run on 2000RPM

  • Tronjheim79

    They’ve removed the “Translucent menu bar” checkbox on Desktop & Screensaver in System Preferences. Now, it’s either I have to have everything translucent or opaque… Sucks. I wanted to just have the menu bar opaque.

  • Rot Kelfer

    Holy s#it, it’s blazing fast now. LOVE IT

  • highNiggaPie

    Does anyone know if notes on Yosemite beta still sync with ios 7?

  • sloanq

    How big is the file?

  • Damian

    My safari is super slow when i reach 7gb. As a matter of fact the entire Mac gets sluggish and i have i5 2.53 ghz

  • Right as soon as I downgrade to Mavericks…

  • Mini Apple Genius

    Can someone please tell me how big this update is? Thank you.

  • Jonathan

    New wallpapers are included in this public beta (the ones from the dev beta)

  • Edvard Rølvaag

    I have a late 2009 MacBook Pro (4GB RAM), shall I update? I really want to, but I’m afraid it will slow down the computer drasticly…

  • Reece

    my itunes symbol hasent changed

  • Albert

    this update makes Diablo 3 lag like hell

  • Craig Underhill

    I can’t get handoff to pass icons between devices (I’m on iOS 8 on my phone). I can get phone calls fine, but passing apps back and forth (like Maps or Safari) simply will not work. It worked previously for me, but I get no love now.

  • Here’s another new change in iTunes 12:
    When trying to manually restore or update an iOS device, you can no longer just hold Alt/Option and click Restore or Update. You must now hold both Shift and Alt/Option before clicking Restore or Update. Took me 30 minutes to figure that out.

    #TheMoreYouKnow

  • rxslim

    Has anyone else had an issue updating Public Beta 2 from Mac App Store? I have tried, but it doesn’t seem to want to start the download.