OS X Yosemite 10.10 – OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 Released

Apple has released the 7th developer preview of OS X Yosemite. The update arrives as build 14A343f, and includes bug fixes and feature enhancements, making it recommended for all Mac developers to install. As usual, those registered with the Mac Developer Program can either download the update through the Mac App Store, or redeem a download code through the developer website.  Separately, a new beta version of Xcode with the iOS 8 beta SDK is also available for developers to download.

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 Released

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 7 Released

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview builds are separate from the OS X Yosemite Public Beta builds. Currently, the Public Beta version is on it’s second release, and has a build number that closely matches the 6th Developer Preview release of OS X Yosemite. Apple has said the final version of OS X Yosemite will arrive as a free download sometime in the fall, with most reliable rumors indicating the likely availability date appearing sometime in October.

Yosemite Public Beta 2 – OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Released

Apple has released the second version of the OS X Yosemite Public Beta. Mac users who opted in to participate in the public beta program for Yosemite are recommended to install the update. Alongside Public Beta 2 is also a new beta version of the redesigned iTunes 12. Both updates focus on bug fixes and feature refinements as the next version of OS X marches closer towards a public release in the Fall.

Users who are actively running OS X Yosemite Beta will find the new update available to them through the Software Update mechanism of the Mac App Store. The download weighs in about 1.7 GB for both packages of the new iTunes 12 build as well as OS X Yosemite Beta 2.

Yosemite Public Beta 2 - OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Released

Yosemite Public Beta 2 – OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 Released

he build number of OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2 is 14A329r making it nearly the same as Developer Preview 6, which is listed as build 14A329f, and the release includes new Yosemite themed wallpapers, a few changes to app icons, and some adjustments to translucent effects throughout the user interface. iTunes 12 Beta 2 also includes some user interface changes.

The download notes accompanying Beta 2 are short, saying simply “This update is recommended for all users”, and the condensed “Known Issues” mention an issue with Safari playing Netflix content, and some issues with iPhoto and Aperture working properly under Yosemite. Additionally, the Shared Purchase history page is invisible for shared Apple ID accounts.

Apple posts OS X 10.10 Yosemite highlight reel to YouTube

Apple on Monday posted to YouTube a promotional video showing off the graphical changes OS X 10.10 Yosemite will deliver when the operating system launches this fall.

Apple posts OS X 10.10 Yosemite highlight reel to YouTube

Apple posts OS X 10.10 Yosemite highlight reel to YouTube

Titled “The New Look of OS X Yosemite,” the short minute-long clip highlights a few major changes made to Apple’s upcoming OS, including flatter iconography, retooled system text and transparencies. Apple CEO Tim Cook first presented the clip at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last week.

The clip starts out with Yosemite’s new “traffic light” window buttons, which are now devoid of skeuomorphic shading. Aside from the graphics tweak, the familiar green button previously assigned to enlarge Finder windows is now a toggle for full-screen viewing.

Yosemite’s new dock is also featured, with a run-through of icon changes made to Apple’s standard apps like Safari, Mail, Calendar, Notes and more. A few select apps are shown off in detail, including Mail, Messages and Calendar, each featuring extensive use of transparencies that Apple says adds depth to the desktop OS.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

 

 

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WWDC 2014 Roundup: Enhanced iOS 8, redesigned OS X 10.10, new hardware (plus fresh details)

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Enhanced iOS 8, redesigned OS X 10.10, new hardware (plus fresh details)

 

Apple’s WWDC banners show iOS 8, next OS X are coming

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

A better look at the 8 banner, which is both above and under water.

 

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Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

Apple begins putting up a banner for the next OS X, which looks like Yosemite national park in California.

 

WWDC 2014 Roundup: Enhanced iOS 8, redesigned OS X 10.10, new hardware (plus fresh details)

Apple releases OS X 10.9.3 with improved support for high-res 4K displays

Apple on Thursday released OS X 10.9.3, a minor update for its Mavericks Mac operating system, bringing improved 4K display support for the latest Mac Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro, along with other bug fixes and improvements.

 

OS X 10.9.3 is now available to download through the Mac App Store. Apple says the update is recommended for all Mac users, and that it improves the stability, compatibility and security of the operating system.

Apple releases OS X 10.9.3 with improved support for high-res 4K displays

Apple releases OS X 10.9.3 with improved support for high-res 4K displays


Other additions and changes in OS X 10.9.3 are:

  • The ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and an iOS device using a USB connection
  • Improved reliability of VPN connections using IPsec
  • Safari 7.0.3 is also included


While the update introduces a “Retina” output mode for the late 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro, it does not grant the same ability to the 13-inch model. Apple’s current Thunderbolt Display does not come with a 4K resolution, meaning the support is only available for third-party monitors.

OS X 10.9.3 had a particularly long beta period, with nine pre-release builds being provided to developers before Thursday’s official launch to the public. 

The launch of OS X 10.9.3 comes less than a month after Apple opened up its beta seed program to all users in exchange for “quality and usability feedback.” The program allows anyone, not just Mac developers, to test pre-release versions of OS X.

Want to Beta Test Mac OS X? Now Anyone Can with Apple’s Beta Seed Program

Apple has expanded the availability of beta OS X system software to all Mac users, allowing potentially anyone to run the latest pre-release beta builds of the operating system for trials and feedback. Dubbed the OS X Beta Seed Program, this is the first time since the initial release of OS X that Apple has allowed non developers access to the beta OS builds.

While it may be appealing to many, the beta program is not recommended for primary use Macs or for novice users, as beta software is often buggy and incomplete, offering an experience that is not yet as refined as a public release. Accordingly, average Mac users with a single machine probably shouldn’t bother with the OS X Beta Seed program, making this best reserved for curious Mac users who have a spare machine they can run the beta builds on.

Mac users who are interested in this program will need to log into the Beta Seed website with an Apple ID, read and accept a lengthy Terms and Conditions agreement, back up their Macs with Time Machine, and then install an Apple utility to access the beta software downloads:  Check out the Apple Seed OS X Beta Program

Beta Test Mac OS X

Beta Test Mac OS X

Presumably the OS X Beta program will become considerably more interesting with the upcoming developer release of OS X 10.10, widely expected to be unveiled on June 2 at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference. The next major revision of Mac OS X (assumed to be OS X 10.10) is said to include a significant user interface overhaul, similar to that seen with iOS 7, which may have influenced Apple in opening up the beta versions to a wider audience before releasing the final version, anticipated to launch in the fall of this year. Currently, the beta version of OS X offered through the program is 10.9.3.