Everyone has their two cents about Apple, but now one million people’s feedback will be heard with OS X Beta Yosemite. Apple states, “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.”
Before you go bragging to your friends about your involvement, Apple insists on confidentiality. Under the FAQs tab, Apple explains, “Yes, the pre-release software is Apple confidential information. For example, don’t install the pre-release Apple software on any systems you don’t directly control or that you share with others, don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet or publicly post information about the pre-release Apple software, and don’t discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Program.” Before downloading Yosemite, volunteers must have the most current software, OS X Mavericks, installed. Apple advises beta testers to download the pre-released software on a secondary device and backup Macs using Time Machine in case any unforeseen errors occur.
One notable feature is that AirDrop will be available between iOS and Mac, rather than just iOS devices. Additionally, Handoff will allow people to transfer activity from one Apple device to another. For example, starting an email on your iPhone then finishing on your Macbook once you are home. These improvements showcase Apple’s commitment to continuity. Apple states, “Apple products have always been designed to work together beautifully. But now they may really surprise you. With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, you’ll be able to do more wonderful things than ever before.” Because Apple has such loyal consumers, owning a line of Apple products, continuity will prove beneficial to many users.
OS X Yosemite will be available this fall, using the feedback from the beta testing to ensure it is ready for the public. Although the beta testing is completely voluntary (without pay) and requires confidentiality, it could be a fun experiment- just between you, Apple and anyone in the exclusive beta testing circle.
Will you sign-up for the beta testing or do you prefer to wait? What are you looking most forward to about the new software?