A beta version of Apple’s next desktop software was released on Friday for those eager to try it before its Autumn public release Apple’s next version of its desktop software OS X ‘Yosemite’ now available in pre-release form.
Apple has released the latest version of its OS X “Yosemite” computer software in beta form for those eager to test it before its full Autumn release.
The new tenth version of OS X replaces “Mavericks” and continues Apple’s redesign of its software across computers and portable devices.
The free download is available on a first-come first-served basis from its website with 1m downloads available.
Change of tact for Apple
It marks the first time Apple has made a pre-release version of its software available to the general public. Previous versions of both its iOS smartphone and tablet software and its OS X computer software have only been available in beta form to developers ahead of their general releases to the public.
To install the free software users will have to sign up using Apple’s site, as well as have a Mac computer with OS X Mavericks 10.9 installed with at least 2GB of memory and 8GB of free disk space.
Apple recommends that users who want to test the new software do so on a second computer because it could be unstable and cause errors due to its untested form.
Users who do install the beta software will be able to upgrade to the final version of Yosemite on its release in the Autumn.
Yosemite marks the biggest visual change in the last three years for Apple’s computer software, bringing it closer to its iOS mobile software in appearance.
Apple has also added features that tie the two together, like “Continuity” which allows users to send files back and forth between desktop computers and mobile devices.
Users of Apple’s iPhone will also be able to place and answer calls on their desktop computers.