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Members of Apple's OS X beta testing program can now use redemption codes to download the public beta of Yosemite, the next-generation Mac operating system set to debut this fall.




Once users have entered their code into the Mac App Store, they are supplied with Yosemite build 14A299I, which is one digit off from the fourth developer preview of OS X 10.10, labeled 14A298I, that was provided to developers on Monday. Apple has asked that public beta testers use their Mac as they normally would, and leave comments through the Feedback Assistant application if they experience any issues.

"The OS X Beta Program lets you test-drive pre-release versions of OS X Yosemite and provide feedback to help make it even better," Apple said. "Experience the new look of OS X, and try some of the new features and apps like the new Today view, Spotlight, Safari, and Messages."

Some features, such as continuity between iPhones, iPads and Macs, require portable devices running iOS 8, which is not available for public beta testing. Only members of the iOS Developer Program can access that pre-release software.

When installing the Yosemite beta, users will be asked whether they wish to upgrade their account to iCloud Drive. Apple has warned that doing so will prevent users from accessing iCloud Documents and Data on devices with earlier version of OS X and iOS.



As it is unreleased software, the first public beta of OS X Yosemite does come with some known issues. They include:
  • Safari may hang when playing certain Netflix content
  • iPhoto 9.5.1 and Aperture 9.5.1 are required, and can be updated through the Mac App Store
  • Editing in iPhoto may result in a black screen, while Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing may not function properly
  • iCloud Drive may appear empty in Finder, but restarting will fix this
  • AirDrop may not show nearby Macs, and sending files may not work


Apple announced on Wednesday that the first public beta of OS X Yosemite would be arriving. Users can sign up for the OS X Beta Program at its official website and will be able to install, test and provide feedback.

The upgrade requires a Mac running OS X Mavericks, which is available for free on the Mac App Store. Apple also recommends installing the OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since the software is still in pre-release testing and may contain issues.

Apple first announced its public Beta Seed Program in April, opening its OS X beta testing process to all Mac users willing to participate. This year, users were able to test pre-release maintenance and security updates to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, but Thursday marks the first time that OS X 10.10 Yosemite is available to test officially for non-developers.
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And here come 10,000 morons who install this and then whine about things being broken.

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Even if you have not received the email from Apple, you can access your download code through the beta signup page. Downloading!
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Just downloading now - and I don't think it is actually limited to the first 1,000,000 people.

 

Has anyone already installed it? Is it reasonably OK to use in your MAIN machine? 

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no email, nothing in app store, feedback assistance shows maverick and yosemite so I'm just waiting
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I tried to download it but the redemption code given to me on the site does not work. Stating it has already been redeemed. Apple support was no help and Feedback Assistant hasn't done much to help me either other state there is an error when I send out the feedback.
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Did you receive an email. I am still waiting for my code.
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Did you receive an email. I am still waiting for my code.

 

Actually not - you just visit the AppleSeed page and get one immediately:

 

https://appleseed.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/guide

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I tried to download the beta but the code I was given has "already been redeemed" according to the app store. When I try to log back into appleseed the website states it will be back soon.

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Initial download (started automatically after entering the redemption cert) failed almost immediately with (of course) no useful error message. Went to Purchases (had to relaunch App Store, it was wedged after failed dl) and restarted download. Watched it get to more than 1 GB of 5+ GB, then went away. When I came back, it had failed again.

 

Third time's a charm!?! At 1.75 GB and counting now

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Seems like Apple's servers are getting hammered. Plus some on MacRumors are having issues saying their code has already been redeemed. And people wonder why Apple doesn't do a public beta for iOS?
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And here comes guys like tallest skill whose ego requires they demonstrate their unwarranted feelings of superiority and make buttwipse of themselves.

Actually I agree with Tallest Skil on this one. Apple is taking a huge chance opening up the Yosemite beta testing to anyone who signs up for free. If they've never dealt with beta software, and I'm not talking about some applications that are always in beta, they aren't aware of how much damage you can do to your Mac. Even though Apple states not to put this on a production system (I run all my betas on an external drive), people will ignore what they (don't) read and do it anyway. Once they find they can't go back to Mavericks, they'll start complaining. This happens with released software but it will be much worse with beta software. Apple can't test every way people use their Macs, which is why developers test them. 

 

If you're an ADC member, current or former, you would know this. Good luck testing Yosemite. I like it and I like the new features being added.

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It tell mes that the site is temporarily closed. 

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I am having the issue of my redemption code has already been redeemed and now the site looks like it is under maintenance.

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Go to apple.com, search for Yosemite and select the Yosemite Preview article that should appear in the list, go to bottom of that page and look for the test drive link. You'll need to log in to the beta program with your original login info.

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Actually I agree with Tallest Skil on this one. Apple is taking a huge chance opening up the Yosemite beta testing to anyone who signs up for free. If they've never dealt with beta software, and I'm not talking about some applications that are always in beta, they aren't aware of how much damage you can do to your Mac. Even though Apple states not to put this on a production system (I run all my betas on an external drive), people will ignore what they (don't) read and do it anyway. Once they find they can't go back to Mavericks, they'll start complaining. This happens with released software but it will be much worse with beta software. Apple can't test every way people use their Macs, which is why developers test them. 

If you're an ADC member, current or former, you would know this. Good luck testing Yosemite. I like it and I like the new features being added.
Most people think, hey beta, give me, give me, then go on a rampage when things don't work right, beta testing a unfinished OS can kill many things.
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Go to apple.com, search for Yosemite and select the Yosemite Preview article that should appear in the list, go to bottom of that page and look for the test drive link. You'll need to log in to the beta program with your original login info.

 

Tells me Apple us busy updating their site. 

 

 

EDIT: Well I tried it again and got my code and then I went to go back to get a link for someone and its down again. So I guess for those who are getting the message above, just have patience and keep trying. The code is a clickable link that will take you directly to the Mac App Store code redemption page with the code pre-entered. All you have to do is click redeem and it will start downloading. 


Edited by macxpress - 7/24/14 at 11:01am

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Actually I agree with Tallest Skil on this one. Apple is taking a huge chance opening up the Yosemite beta testing to anyone who signs up for free. If they've never dealt with beta software, and I'm not talking about some applications that are always in beta, they aren't aware of how much damage you can do to your Mac. Even though Apple states not to put this on a production system (I run all my betas on an external drive), people will ignore what they (don't) read and do it anyway. Once they find they can't go back to Mavericks, they'll start complaining. This happens with released software but it will be much worse with beta software. Apple can't test every way people use their Macs, which is why developers test them. 

 

If you're an ADC member, current or former, you would know this. Good luck testing Yosemite. I like it and I like the new features being added.

 

So far, is it good enough to use on your main Mac or not? I am not gonna whine of course; just wanna know how much of a "beta" it really is as far as daily usage is concerned.

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So far, is it good enough to use on your main Mac or not? I am not gonna whine of course; just wanna know how much of a "beta" it really is as far as daily usage is concerned.


This is a question that is always asked by people who shouldn't be installing it.

 

I am using it as my daily driver on an important work machine....WHY? Because I know what I'm doing, and when things go wrong, I can recover quickly. I can be back in business from a time machine backup, for either yosemite or mavericks, at any time i wish.

 

I've seen random kernel panics occur all the way up through and including DP4. There are major unresolved issues. If you don't know how to cope with the possibility that your machine might turn it off and lose or corrupt data at any moment....you don't belong anywhere near a "beta".

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So far, is it good enough to use on your main Mac or not? I am not gonna whine of course; just wanna know how much of a "beta" it really is as far as daily usage is concerned.

Apple isn't finished adding or changing things so my answer is no, I wouldn't put it on a production machine. It's good enough (no offense but I've always hated this slogan because it shows how people are willing to accept something that isn't very good) for testing.

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This is a question that is always asked by people who shouldn't be installing it.

 

I am using it as my daily driver on an important work machine....WHY? Because I know what I'm doing, and when things go wrong, I can recover quickly. I can be back in business from a time machine backup, for either yosemite or mavericks, at any time i wish.

 

I've seen random kernel panics occur all the way up through and including DP4. There are major unresolved issues. If you don't know how to cope with the possibility that your machine might turn it off and lose or corrupt data at any moment....you don't belong anywhere near a "beta".

 

Please spare us from such condescending attitudes; I probably use Apple computers for a longer time than you do - but thanks for your answer in the third paragraph; I am not stupid and am aware of the risks, so will install it in a separate HD for now.

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Originally Posted by TomMikele View Post
And here comes guys like tallest skill whose ego requires they demonstrate their unwarranted feelings of superiority and make buttwipse of themselves.

 

One down, 99,999 to go, apparently. :no:

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Apple isn't finished adding or changing things so my answer is no, I wouldn't put it on a production machine. It's good enough (no offense but I've always hated this slogan because it shows how people are willing to accept something that isn't very good) for testing.

 

Great, thanks.

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:) great beta !!! is working flawlessly  on my Mac Pro 2009  , if this is the unfinished product , the final version will rock , super fast , reminds me more and more of OS 7 , and off course  the upcoming 8 , kudos !!!!:D 


Edited by claudiocesar - 7/24/14 at 12:36pm
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And here comes guys like tallest skill whose ego requires they demonstrate their unwarranted feelings of superiority and make buttwipse of themselves.

TS is right. Every year people get ahold of bootleg copies of developer previews and whine incessantly about it being unstable.

It is perfectly reasonable to assume it will be at least as bad but probably worse than usual with Apple actively encouraging people to try it out.
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This is a question that is always asked by people who shouldn't be installing it.

I am using it as my daily driver on an important work machine....WHY? Because I know what I'm doing, and when things go wrong, I can recover quickly. I can be back in business from a time machine backup, for either yosemite or mavericks, at any time i wish.

I've seen random kernel panics occur all the way up through and including DP4. There are major unresolved issues. If you don't know how to cope with the possibility that your machine might turn it off and lose or corrupt data at any moment....you don't belong anywhere near a "beta".

Same here.

I am using Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite on my primary machine (have several others) but have a Time Machine backup.

I am seeing many kernel panics in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite DP 4 and would advise most people to not install the public beta at this time.
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And here come 10,000 morons who install this and then whine about things being broken.

 

I got a beta invite and everything sucks and is broken. I'm going on the internet to complain. Hey everyone! I'm here to find people that agree with me. Yosemite beta sucks and is broken.

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Same here.

I am using Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite on my primary machine (have several others) but have a Time Machine backup.

I am seeing many kernel panics in Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite DP 4 and would advise most people to not install the public beta at this time.

 

Does Console give any clues as to why?

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Wake me when ready.
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Seems like Apple's servers are getting hammered. Plus some on MacRumors are having issues saying their code has already been redeemed. And people wonder why Apple doesn't do a public beta for iOS?

Probably because there's no way to bail out of beta iOS.

 

On a Mac, one can easily install Yosemite Beta on a different partition or separate drive (retaining Mavericks). That option is not available for iDevices.

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"Apple also recommends installing the OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since the software is still in pre-release testing and may contain issues."

 

Looks like user beware....your call...

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Wake me when ready.


Between September 21 and December 21. Early hibernation, I guess.

Originally Posted by helia

I can break your arm if I apply enough force, but in normal handshaking this won't happen ever.
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I've created a 400 gb partition on my MBP. Not near the machine, but do I need to do a fresh install of 10.9.x before installing 10.10? Is it an upgrade or a full installer?
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You aren't the only one agreeing with Tallest here. Just the issue with iCloud upgrade will cause the web to fill with years tomorrow.

Frankly it is all I can do to handle one Apple beta at a time! I'm finding iOS 8 to be very buggy on iPad.

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Actually I agree with Tallest Skil on this one. Apple is taking a huge chance opening up the Yosemite beta testing to anyone who signs up for free. If they've never dealt with beta software, and I'm not talking about some applications that are always in beta, they aren't aware of how much damage you can do to your Mac. Even though Apple states not to put this on a production system (I run all my betas on an external drive), people will ignore what they (don't) read and do it anyway. Once they find they can't go back to Mavericks, they'll start complaining. This happens with released software but it will be much worse with beta software. Apple can't test every way people use their Macs, which is why developers test them. 

If you're an ADC member, current or former, you would know this. Good luck testing Yosemite. I like it and I like the new features being added.
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Probably because there's no way to bail out of beta iOS.

 

On a Mac, one can easily install Yosemite Beta on a different partition or separate drive (retaining Mavericks). That option is not available for iDevices.

 

Yeah, I created another partition.  I expect problems -- possibly many -- but the only complaining I will do about them is here, to piss off TS. ;)

 

j/k

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1smile.gif  great beta !!! is working flawlessly  on my Power Mac , if this is the unfinished product , the final version will rock , super fast , reminds me more and more of OS 7 , and off course  the upcoming 8 , kudos !!!!1biggrin.gif

Wait, Apple is releasing a PPC version? lol.gif
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Probably because there's no way to bail out of beta iOS.

On a Mac, one can easily install Yosemite Beta on a different partition or separate drive (retaining Mavericks). That option is not available for iDevices.
It will be interesting to see how Apple's cloud services hold up this fall. Hopefully they're well prepared.
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Wait, Apple is releasing a PPC version? lol.gif

 

Ahh, if only my old 17" TiPB weren't dead (from me spilling a Coke on while asleep one night). :)

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I actually sent Apple a bug report related to server issues with each iOS beta I've installed. The last time I spent more than an hour trying to get a downloaded beta to validate so it could install itself. Honestly they need to do better here.

In fact it was a few days later when I filled the report because most of developer.Apple.com wasn't even available.

I understand the strain of the mad rush but they really need to do better.
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Seems like Apple's servers are getting hammered. Plus some on MacRumors are having issues saying their code has already been redeemed. And people wonder why Apple doesn't do a public beta for iOS?
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The download servers aren't the only thing getting hammered. My email isn't working either. Tried both Mail and through the web using iCloud and it isn't connecting. This started a bit ago. My wife's iCloud email is still working, however. It would have been nice if Apple would have moved the download server to somewhere other than the same ones used for iCloud. :-)

 


Edited by rob53 - 7/24/14 at 12:44pm
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