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.

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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.

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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.