Apple’s OS X Yosemite beta for public arrives 24 July

23 Jul 2014

A beta version of Apple’s next-generation operating system Mac OS X Yosemite will become available tomorrow for those who have signed up for Apple’s public OS X Yosemite beta programme.

The new operating system, which had first been unveiled in June at Apple’s WWDC in San Francisco, California, launches to the public for free later this year.

Beta access will ship tomorrow. To sign up for the beta programme, go to the OS X Beta Program site.

Developers were able to get access to the new OS when it was unveiled in June and receive updates every fortnight. However, beta users will receive just a handful updates until OS X Yosemite’s final launch in the autumn.

Tomorrow, beta subscribers will receive an email with an activation code to download the new OS. Users would be wise to backup data just in case anything goes wrong.

The new OS borrows heavily from the design of the current iPad in terms of its initial appearance and features new icons and a new-look sidebar for apps such as Messages, Facetime, Contacts and Reminders.

The new OS comes with a new iCloud Drive, revamped Notifications Center, a revamped version of Mail, and a unified messaging feature called ‘Continuity’.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years