How to Sign up for OS X Yosemite First Public Beta

OS X Yosemite, the first public beta of the OS X 10.10 software update has been made available for download. At first, Yosemite will only be available for tests and it’s scheduled to be fully released this fall.

Apple first announced its public Beta Seed Program in April, and this beta test program will be available to all Mac users that are willing to participate. Earlier this year users had an opportunity to test Apple’s previous update for OS X Mavericks, but from today, users will be able to test OS X 10.10 Yosemite for the first time.

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If you want to upgrade your system to Yosemite, you’ll need to have Mavericks installed first. OS X Mavericks is now available for a free download at Apple’s App Store. Apple also says that some features are still not available in this update, including phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud drive.

Spotlight suggestions are currently available in the US only, and some applications and services may not yet be accessible with Yosemite.

Until now, four betas of OS X Yosemite have been available to developers, with the most recent one arriving after this weekend. OS X Yosemite Preview 4 includes a different Calculator, and an update for the forthcoming Dark Mode.

Apple is currently focusing on something called “continuity” between OS X and iOS with its next major updates, allowing users to seamlessly hand off content from their iPhone or iPad to their Mac when within range. Additionally, users will be able to answer and make calls or send text messages through Bluetooth connectivity.

How To Sign Up For the Public Beta

  1. Go to appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram.
  2. Scroll down and click on the large blue “Sign Up” button.
  3. You’ll need to type in your Apple ID credentials in the next page.
  4. Once you’ve entered your Apple ID credentials, you’ll see a banner that will say that an email will be sent to you when the beta is available to download from the Mac App Store.

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