OS X Yosemite Available Now as a Free Download

Apple has released OS X Yosemite, officially versioned as OS X 10.10. The update to Macs is available now as a free download. OS X Yosemite brings a redesigned user interface to the Mac, as well as many new features that intend to improve productivity and interoperability with iOS devices.

OS X Yosemite Available Now as a Free Download

OS X Yosemite Available Now as a Free Download

The newest version of OS X runs on all Macs that are capable of running Mavericks, if you haven’t done so yet, you can prepare your Mac for the Yosemite update by following a few simple tasks, including updating your software and backing up the computer before installing the free update.

OS X Yosemite is available as a free download from the Mac App Store. To download and install the update, head to the  Apple menu and choose “Software Update”, the OS X Yosemite installer is several GB in size and can be found under the “Updates” tab. You can also use the download link below to head directly to OS X Yosemite in the App Store.

To start the download of Yosemite on your Mac, simply open the above link and click on the “Free” button. The download weighs approximately 5.1GB and will begin immediately.

If you are having trouble downloading OS X Yosemite, with either a “null” error, a “We could not complete your request” error, or a timeout, it’s likely due to Apple Servers being overwhelmed by requests. Simply try again, or wait a minute or two.

Many users are currently experiencing a “This item is temporarily unavailable” error message when trying to download OS X Yosemite. This simply means you should try again later, as the download is likely propagating through Apple servers. This would be a good opportunity to prepare your Mac for the OS X 10.10 update and backing up the computer if you haven’t done so yet.

Update: Users have reported successfully downloading OS X Yosemite by hitting Command+R to refresh the Yosemite page in the App Store, then try clicking the “Free” button again. The download will begin and appear under the “Purchases” tab:

 

Users who wish to create a bootable USB installer for OS X Yosemite will want to do so before completing the installation of Yosemite, or, at least make a copy of the OS X Yosemite Installer, which is found in the /Applications/ folder.

Separately, new versions of iWork are also now available as a free download.

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers

Apple on Monday pushed an update to the public beta of its next-generation desktop operating system, granting members of the prerelease program access to a sixth revision that brings it up to speed with the version released to developers late last week.

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers

Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers

Public beta members will find the new version available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. While the exact changes are not enumerated, it likely matches up with the third “golden master” version that registered developers received last Thursday.

Such a public beta program is rare for Apple, who previously strictly limited access to unfinished software to developers. That remains the case for the company’s mobile operating system, iOS.

When announcing the public beta program, Apple indicated that they would accept up to 1 million beta testers. Though it is unclear how popular the program has been, sign-ups remain open, suggesting that they have thus far fallen short of that figure.

OS X Yosemite brings new Continuity and AirDrop features to OS X and iOS, which allow owners of devices running iOS 8 to perform cross-platform operations like creating ad-hoc data connections for transporting files, routing iPhone voice calls through a Mac and continuing in-app functions across devices. The next-gen operating system also incorporates a “flat” iOS-style user interface and other graphical tweaks.

Apple is expected to provide more detail about OS X Yosemite, and its release, at a media event on Thursday, Oct. 16. AppleInsider will be on hand at Apple headquarters in Cupertino and will bring live coverage from the event.

 

 

OS X Yosemite GM 3.0 Released to Developers

Apple has released OS X Yosemite Golden Master 3.0 to Mac users registered in the Mac Developer program. At the moment, there is no accompanying update to the Pubic Beta version. The latest build is versioned as 14A388, and considering the timing and expectation of a public release next week, is possibly the final version.

OS X Yosemite GM 3.0 Released to Developers

OS X Yosemite GM 3.0 Released to Developers

The third GM build can be downloaded as a small delta update, ranging from 40MB to 100MB, right now from the Mac App Store. If the update doesn’t appear, refresh the Updates tab by hitting Command+R to make it show up. Developers can also choose to download the Yosemite installer from the Mac Developer Center website through the redemption code process if they haven’t done so yet.

Yosemite GM 3.0 presumably focuses primarily on bug fixes, though the release notes accompanying the update in the App Store are short as usual with the beta releases, simply saying “This update is recommended for all users.”

The rapid release of GM 3.0 is interesting to note, as the prior version of OS X Yosemite, versioned as Golden Master 2.0, was pushed out to developers just a couple of days ago. That release was accompanied by Public Beta 5 for Mac users participating in the OS X Yosemite Beta effort.

OS X Yosemite Golden Master 2.0 and Public Beta 5 Released

Apple has released the second Golden Master build of OS X Yosemite to those registered with the Mac Developer program, versioned as build 14A386a. Additionally, Apple has released OS X Yosemite Beta 5 to those registered with the Yosemite Public Beta program, carrying build 14A386b. The updates are recommended for all Mac users running the respective beta OS.

OS X Yosemite Golden Master 2.0 and Public Beta 5 Released

OS X Yosemite Golden Master 2.0 and Public Beta 5 Released


Mac Developers can find OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2.0 available as an update from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. Those participating in the Public Beta program will find Beta 5 available through the Mac App Store Updates tab as well.

OS X Yosemite Golden Master 2.0 and Public Beta 5 Released

OS X Yosemite Golden Master 2.0 and Public Beta 5 Released

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Downloading the installer as a delta update arrives as a slim 105MB package, suggesting that only minor bug fixes and improvements are included in the new Yosemite build.

 

This is the second major OS update released to developers by Apple today, the other notable release being iOS 8.1 beta 2. Both Mac and iOS developers will also find a new version of Xcode available as well.

With the new developer version being titled as “OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2.0″, it could indicate that, similar to GM Candidate 1.0, it is not the final build of Yosemite. A week ago, Apple released the first OS X Yosemite GM Candidate build to developers, then versioned as 1.0, along with an updated version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta.

OS X Yosemite is expected to debut to the public in the coming weeks, likely alongside Retina-display iMacs and an updated iPad on October 16.

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Apple has released iOS 8 update for all compatible devices, and while most users are best served by downloading the update through the Over-the-Air mechanism on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, another option is to install the update manually by means of IPSW firmware files. While not particularly difficult, updating with firmware is considered a bit more advanced, and it requires the download of a full firmware package file which is upwards of 6GB or so, which is considerably larger than the smaller delta update offered through OTA.

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Regardless of using IPSW or OTA to update to iOS 8, it’s a good idea to prepare for the update by cleaning house on the target iPhone or iPad. At the very least, always back up your iOS device to iCloud and/or iTunes before installing new system software.

iOS 8 IPSW Direct Download Links

Below are direct download links to the appropriate IPSW files stored on Apple servers. Download the file that is relevant to the device you are going to update. You may want to choose to Right-Click and do a ‘Save As’ of the file in question, and be sure whatever you are saving has the “.ipsw” file extension. If you have never used firmware files before, be sure to update iTunes first to the latest version, and then go here to learn how to use IPSW files to update an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the new release of iOS.

iOS 8 IPSW Firmware for iPhone

iOS 8 IPSW Files for iPad

iOS 8 IPSW for iPod Touch

Users will need to have the latest version of iTunes available to install iOS 8 through ISPW, so be sure to update iTunes either though Software Update or the app itself before using the firmware.

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Apple has released iOS 8 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The update offers significant improvements and many new features to prior versions of iOS and is recommended for all users to install on their devices. If you haven’t done so already, it’s a good idea to prepare for iOS 8 before updating the system software.

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 8 Update Released for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

iOS 8 is supported by the following hardware; iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, and iPod touch 5th generation.

How to Update to iOS 8 with OTA

The simplest way to update to iOS 8 is to use the Over-the-Air update mechanism on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings app, then to “General”, and then to “Software Update”
  • Choose “Download & Install” when iOS 8 populates

The OTA download weighs in close to 1GB and requires nearly 5GB of free storage space on-device to install.

It’s always a good idea to back up your devices before installing an iOS update, at the very least make a quick backup to iCloud or, better yet, go all out and backup to both iTunes and iCloud before beginning.

How to Update to iOS 8 with iTunes

Users can also install the iOS 8 update through iTunes and a computer, though you’ll need to connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a Mac or Windows PC with the latest version of iTunes to do that.

  1. Update iTunes if you haven’t done so already, then relaunch iTunes
  2. Connect the iOS device to the computer with USB
  3. Click on “Update” if the update option to install iOS 8 does not appear automatically

This updates to iOS 8 by downloading the update from Apple and using the computer to load it onto the iOS device, and it may or may not be faster to update your device this way, depending on a variety of conditions. One significant advantage to using iTunes is that it allows users to skip the “cannot install update” error due to storage capacity limitations on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

 

If you’re going to update through iTunes, be sure to backup the device to the same computer with iTunes before beginning the actual update process – or again – back up to both icloud and iTunes if possible.

Related to iTunes, users also have the option to download IPSW firmware files for iOS 8and install that manually onto their devices. That route is generally considered a more advanced procedure and is best reserved for individuals who have a good reason to go with the IPSW method. You can find direct downloads to iOS 8 firmware here.

Apple TV Update Revamps Interface

Apple also released an update for Apple TV, which changes the interface and icons a bit to be more in line with the bright colors of iOS 7 and iOS 8, as this image from MacRumors shows:

The Apple TV update also adds support for iOS 8 features, making it a good idea to update for those users who have a third gen Apple TV.

Apple TV users can get the update from Settings > General > Software Update

OS X 10.9.5 Update Released for Mac

Apple has released an update to OS X Mavericks, versioned as OS X 10.9.5. The update is recommended for all Mac users to install and includes bug fixes and security updates for core system software.

OS X 10.9.5 Update Released for Mac

OS X 10.9.5 Update Released for Mac

Two specific bug fixes are mentioned in the release notes of the update, the first being a resolution to some issues with VPN connections that use USB authentication, and the second aiming to resolve issues pertaining to access of SMB (Windows sharing) servers. The latter issue has frustrated a fair amount of Mac users who work in Windows PC heavy environments and share files between the two, making it a particularly welcome fix for some.

Safari 7.0.6 and related security updates and bug fixes are also included in the OS X 10.9.5 update.

All Mac users running Mavericks can find the update available through the Mac App Store, accessible via the  Apple menu and by choosing “Software Update”.

 

Separately, Apple also released iOS 8 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which brings many new features and improvements to iOS, as well as a minor update to Apple TV.