The upcoming new OS X known as Yosemite was one of the most important announcements during the WWDC back in June. While the exact release date is not confirmed yet, the latest rumours suggest that Apple will launch it during an event that will take place on October 21st. Yosemite is the 10.10n version of Apple’s OS X and it was presented as the future of this platform. It is set to impress with its stunning design and fantastic new apps that will work with iOS as well, to offer a continuous, consistent experience across Apple devices.
Yosemite’s interface has streamlined toolbars and transparency is a key element of the design. Icons have a new look to make them neat and clearer and functions aim to be simple and more efficient. Easier access to information seems to be another focus in the new OS X, as Notification Center provides an overview of data from widgets like Calendar, Reminders, Social Networks and Weather. Spotlight is now more visible in the desktop and it has added categories of results with suggestions from Bing, the App Store, Wikipedia and more.
Yosemite also brings changes to Safari, which now has a new look and options, as well as enhanced privacy features. Apple also states that Safari will be considerably faster than Chrome and Firefox. Accessing, storing and managing files in iCloud will also be easier. If you can’t wait for the final release to be able to use these features and want to be one of the first to check Yosemite, you can enrol in the OS X Beta program and test it.
Since the announcement of Yosemite in the Worldwide Developers Conference, a beta version of Yosemite has been available for developers but there is also a beta programme available for the general public. The beta programme for developers has a cost of $99 and allows you to sign up for a developer account and download and install Yosemite out. For those who are not developers and do not want to spend money just to get a preview of the new OS X, there is also an option. Here is what you can do to get the beta version of OS X Yosemite for free:
Sign up to Apple’s open beta programme.
You will need to enter your Apple ID and password. The first million users get a redemption code that will allow them to download Yosemite beta. Keep in mind that a large number of users enrol for this program and only one million users will be able to download the OS X. If you got too late to the registration process and you really want to try Yosemite before anyone else, you can still consider the developers program. You are not required to actually be a developer, but you do have to pay the registration fee.
If you were successful in registering in the public beta program, there are a few things that you will need to consider when downloading Yosemite Beta:
1. Use the redemption code received upon registration to download the OS X from Mac App Store.
2. Keep in mind that your Mac should be running OS X Mavericks.
3. When the download is complete, you will see OS X 10.10 in the application folder or you can look for it using Launch Pad.
4. Open your application folder and tap to install OS X 10.10
Keep in mind that a beta version may have bugs and crash unexpectedly. You can report any issues to Apple, to help them to improve Yosemite before the final version is launched. It is advisable that you install the Beta version in a spare laptop. If you don’t have one, you can use your main computer but keep in mind that you will need to clear space in your hard disk. Also, make sure that you back up your files and set up Yosemite Beta as secondary software.