During its World Wide Developers Conference last month, Apple announced that it would be allowing non-developers to try out a beta version of OS X Yosemite before the final version is released to the general public in the fall. Today, users who signed up for that beta program can claim redemption codes allowing them to download the software from the Mac App store.
Usually, Apple only allows registered developers to get early access to new versions of OS X, so the release of this public beta is quite an unusual move. In addition to trying out some of the new features, participants in the program can submit any issues they discover directly to Apple via a feedback assistant.
Obviously, with it being beta software there are bound to be plenty of bugs. So, if you are tempted to give it a try, the best thing to do would be to install it on a Mac that isn’t your main machine, an external drive, or a partition. If those options aren’t available and you still want to give it a try, then make sure you back up anything that you can’t afford to lose before taking the plunge.
It should also be pointed out that not all of the final features will be present in the beta version. One such omission is Handoff, which allows you to seamlessly switch tasks between your Mac and iOS devices. It requires devices running iOS 8 to work, and iOS 8 is currently only available to registered developers.
At the time of writing this post, Apple is still allowing users to sign up for the public beta program – so if you are interested, it might not be too late – just head over to this page of Apple’s website and look for a sign up button. Once signed up, you can find your redemption code via the same page.
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