Public beta launch nearly doubles OS X 10.10 Yosemite adoption despite download issues

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in macOS edited July 2014
The share of Mac-based Web traffic generated by Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite doubled since the company released a beta version to the public on Thursday, though some users are seeing problems downloading the next-generation operating system.




According to metrics gathered by analytics firm GoSquared, and subsequently picked up by MacRumors, OS X 10.10 Yosemite now accounts for 0.50 percent of all Mac Web traffic as of Friday. The figure is almost double the 0.26 percent seen at the end of Wednesday, when beta access was restricted to developers.

The uptick in adoption may be an indirect barometer of public interest in Apple's upcoming Mac OS, though the numbers could be skewed. Many users have reported a seemingly widespread issue that prevents potential testers from completely downloading the software through the Mac App Store. In most cases, the download trickles in slowly before throwing up an error message reading, "OS X Yosemite Beta 1 failed to download."

A follow-up report from ZDNet confirmed the delays, with journalist Ed Bott saying he attempted to download the beta 22 times without success. Bott notes a number of other would-be Yosemite users were seeing similar issues, many of which took to social media sites like Twitter to voice their concerns.

Apple has yet to establish a dedicated section for Yosemite in its Support Community forums, prompting those having trouble to post on the Mavericks page, which makes sense considering the download is initiated while in the current OS X 10.9 environment.

Bott was finally able to nab a complete copy of Yosemite after switching from Wi-Fi to a hardwired connection, though the alternative procedure may not work for everyone.

Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta is open to the first one million users who sign up through the official OS X Beta Program website. After entering a valid Apple ID, retrieving a redemption code and successfully downloading the software, participants will be granted access to Yosemite for testing and feedback.
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  • Reply 1 of 93
    feynmanfeynman Posts: 1,087member
    Being that it is a *public* beta, wouldn't that be expected?
  • Reply 2 of 93
    queuequeue Posts: 28member
    Download and installation worked for me on first attempt. SimCity seems a tad smoother but Handbrake crashes.
  • Reply 3 of 93
    bergermeisterbergermeister Posts: 6,784member

    My first attempt worked fine, too.

     

    Call me one of the lucky ones.

     

    As to Yosemite... well...  I hope all of these new beta testers, who aren't focusing on their own apps, will provide good feedback to improve this beast before it is released.

  • Reply 4 of 93
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,380member
    feynman wrote: »
    Being that it is a *public* beta, wouldn't that be expected?

    You'd think so, but then again Microsoft has a different story to tell about adoption rates of new OS versions, just ask the XP user group . :D
  • Reply 5 of 93
    richard getzrichard getz Posts: 1,142member

    Didn't work for me. 

  • Reply 6 of 93

    OS X 10.10. It would be awesome if it shipped on Oct 10.

    BTW, who was it that kept insisting Apple wouldn't call it 10.10 because that was numerically equal to 10.1?

  • Reply 7 of 93
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    OS X 10.10. It would be awesome if it shipped on Oct 10.

    But Oct 10th is the same as Oct 1st¡ Seriously though, I don't see Cook waiting or forcing a release to conform to such a date unless it's slated to be ready within a week before that date. It is a Friday; have they released a new OS on a Friday?
    BTW, who was it that kept insisting Apple wouldn't call it 10.10 because that was numerically equal to 10.1?

    There was many.
  • Reply 8 of 93
    Yosemite rocks!!!

    The UI looks great and it is already wicked fast.
  • Reply 9 of 93
    tbelltbell Posts: 3,146member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    There was many.

    There were many.
  • Reply 10 of 93
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member

    A few versions of OS X ago they added a thing where certain apps (e.g. Preview, Quicktime Player) would automatically quit if they had no open windows. This seems to be gone now, they don't quit unless you command-Q them.

  • Reply 11 of 93
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,222member
    Will be taking Yosemite for spin on Monday when I get back to the office and install my beta on a spare 2011 MBP 8-)
  • Reply 12 of 93

    Maybe Apple would solve the download issues if they'd release it by time zones. I wasn't able to download properly until after 24 hours later. It's always the same every year as with iOS major releases. 

  • Reply 13 of 93
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,724member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    But Oct 10th is the same as Oct 1st¡ 

    <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> Very good!

  • Reply 14 of 93
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,341member
    I got mine, but haven't installed. All backed up and ready to do so.
  • Reply 15 of 93
    Downloaded/installed Yosemite with no issues! Yosemite rocks!!!

    Apple period!
  • Reply 16 of 93
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post

     

    OS X 10.10. It would be awesome if it shipped on Oct 10.

    BTW, who was it that kept insisting Apple wouldn't call it 10.10 because that was numerically equal to 10.1?


     

    How about OS X X.X

  • Reply 17 of 93
    sandorsandor Posts: 589member
    i waited until Friday and the whole download and install process (on a fresh external drive) took about 22 minutes.


    Question for others:
    can someone confirm what i am seeing in regards to file-select dialog boxes behaving like Windows?

    i.e., when an app asks you to pick a file, dragging & dropping a file into the dialog box (say, from the desktop) now seems to **copy/move** the file to whatever location was open in the dialog box.

    previously, dragging & dropping **changed** the dialog box's location to the location of the file dragged & dropped.


    this is a detrimental change in my mind.
  • Reply 18 of 93

    iMessage doesn't seem to work in Yosemite. Anyone else experience this or have a solution?

  • Reply 19 of 93
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,724member
    sandor wrote: »
    i waited until Friday and the whole download and install process (on a fresh external drive) took about 22 minutes.


    Question for others:
    can someone confirm what i am seeing in regards to file-select dialog boxes behaving like Windows?

    i.e., when an app asks you to pick a file, dragging & dropping a file into the dialog box (say, from the desktop) now seems to **copy/move** the file to whatever location was open in the dialog box.

    previously, dragging & dropping **changed** the dialog box's location to the location of the file dragged & dropped.


    this is a detrimental change in my mind.
    I've never tried to do that before, but the new behaviour makes much more sense to me.
  • Reply 20 of 93
    sandorsandor Posts: 589member
    Quote:



    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post





    I've never tried to do that before, but the new behaviour makes much more sense to me.

     

     

    i suppose it depends on what you are doing.

     

    here is my workflow:

    skim through images on file server in the finder

    drag & drop an image deeply nested onto the open file dialog box in photoshop

    photoshop remembers last location for the dialog box, so i can just hit cmd+O in the application to open another of that series.

     

     

    so when i am in photoshop and am trying to open one of a series of already filed/organized images, i don't what the "open file" dialog box become a "move file" dialog box. i use the finder to organize, the dialog box to open.

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