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    Apple pushes fourth betas of iOS 8, OS X Yosemite to developers



    Apple on Monday provided registered developers with a new round of betas for its forthcoming desktop and mobile operating systems, releasing both OS X Yosemite Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4 as over-the-wire updates.

    iOS 8 Beta 4 comes with a number of known issues that affect a wide variety of the operating system's components. iCloud backups may not restore properly to an iOS 8 device, for example, while FaceTime will not work in landscape orientation.

    Notably, location-based recommended apps will no longer display on the lock screen, though it unclear whether the feature has been removed permanently or only for this beta release. Apple has also removed the Bug Reporter app in iOS 8 Beta 4, directing users to file bugs through the Apple Developer website.

    Other services coming with known issues, bug fixes, or both in the latest beta include AVCapture, CarPlay, CloudKit, Contacts, Document Providers, Extensions, Family Sharing, the iOS file system, Find my Friends, Fonts, Game Center, Handoff, HealthKit, iAd, iCloud Drive, iCloud Keychain, Keyboards, Localization, Messages, Metal and OpenGL, Music, Newsstand, Notification Center, Phone, Photos, Safari, Siri, Springboard, UIKit, Weather, and WebKit.

    OS X Yosemite, meanwhile, brings a somewhat smaller but still daunting list of known issues and fixes. Developers are warned that iCloud Drive will not synchronize with earlier preview versions, and Aperture versions older than 3.5.1 will not launch.

    Other areas of interest in OS X Yosemite Preview 4 include CloudKit, Extensions, Family Sharing, Finder, Handoff, iBooks, iCloud, iPhoto, Markup, Phone Calls, Safari, SMS, and developer tools.

    Developers running an earlier preview of OS X Yosemite can update through the Mac App Store, while those with devices running beta versions of iOS 8 will find a 305-megabyte delta in Software Update. Both updates are also available in the Apple Developer Center and come with Apple's now-customary warning against using preview software in production systems.

    Also receiving beta updates Monday were Xcode, Apple Configurator, and the Apple TV.





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    Apple to release first public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday



    The first public beta of Apple's forthcoming OS X 10.10 software update, known as Yosemite, will become available to download on Thursday, July 24 for testing ahead of its scheduled release this fall.

    Users can sign up for the OS X Beta Program at its official website, and will be able to install, test and provide feedback once it launches on Thursday. The Yosemite public beta launch was first announced on Wednesday by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop.

    Users can sign up with their Apple ID, and will use a redemption code to download and install the OS X Yosemite Beta from the Mac App Store. When users encounter an issue that may need to be addressed, they can report it directly to Apple with the built-in Feedback Assistant application.

    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 also warns that some new features may not be available, including phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud drive. Spotlight suggestions are currently U.S.-only, and some applications and services may not yet be compatible with Yosemite.

    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 tomorrow will mark the first time that OS X 10.10 Yosemite will be available to test officially to non-developers.

    To date, four pre-release betas of OS X Yosemite have been supplied to developers, with the most recent version arriving this Monday. OS X Yosemite Preview 4 includes a redesigned Calculator, and an update to the upcoming Dark Mode.

    Apple has focused on what it calls "continuity" between OS X and iOS with its next major updates, as users will be able to seamlessly hand off content from their iPhone or their iPad to their Mac when within range. In addition, users will be able to answer and place calls or respond to text messages through Bluetooth connectivity to an iPhone.





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    Apple makes first OS X Yosemite public beta available on the Mac App Store



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



    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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    Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite Beta 5 to developers



    Apple this morning has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 5. The new update brings various performance improvements and bug fixes. The previous Developer Preview brought some minor user-interface enhancements and significant speed improvements. Apple also released iOS 8 beta 5. We’ll be updating this post live with new discoveries as they are made.





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    Apple releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6, Xcode 6 beta 6



    Apple on Monday issued its sixth beta releases of OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6 to developers for testing ahead of their scheduled launches this fall, though no new beta of iOS 8 was released.

    Developers as can now download OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6, which is identified as build 14A329f, from the Mac App Store. Separately, Apple's developer tools have also been given an update, with Xcode 6 beta 6 available to test.

    Their release comes two weeks after the fifth betas were supplied.

    People familiar with OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 say it comes with a number of new built-in wallpapers. Various system icons have been tweaked or changed as well, including in the System Preferences screen and battery icon in the taskbar. The new beta also adds a "Do Not Disturb" switch for Notification center.





    Absent thus far from Monday's updates is a sixth beta of iOS 8. Previously, new betas for both Yosemite and iOS 8 were released side by side.

    Apple has focused on what it calls "continuity" between OS X and iOS with its next major updates, as users will be able to seamlessly hand off content from their iPhone or their iPad to their Mac when within range. In addition, users will be able to answer and place calls or respond to text messages through Bluetooth connectivity to an iPhone.

    Continuing betas for OS X Yosemite, but not iOS 8, may signal that the Mac software update could again arrive later than its iPhone and iPad counterparts, leaving users in the Apple ecosystem waiting to be able to utilize the continuity between both platforms. In recent years, OS X releases have arrived after iOS updates, but this year marked the first time that betas were issued on a consistent schedule for the two separate operating systems.




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    Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, new iTunes 12 beta for testing



    Apple on Thursday provided members of its public beta program the second test build of OS X Yosemite, while a new build of iTunes 12 for Yosemite is also available.

    OS X Yosemite Beta 2 is now available to download from the Mac App Store for members of the OS X Beta Program. The public release comes a few days after OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 6 was issued to registered members of Apple's development community.

    The first public beta of Yosemite arrived in late July, marking the first time members of the general public could officially test Apples next-generation Mac operating system. OS X Yosemite is scheduled to arrive this fall, and brings new connectivity options between Macs and mobile devices running the upcoming iOS 8 platform.

    The release notes of OS X Yosemite Beta 2 do not offer any indications of what changes may be included. The listing on the Mac App Store simply states that the update "is recommended for all users."

    iTunes 12, meanwhile, is identified as build 97, comes with a number of changes from the currently available media suite, most notably a streamlined design that Apple says makes browsing content libraries "easier and more enjoyable." iTunes 12 also features support for the "Family Sharing" function, allowing iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases to be shared with up to six people in your family without sharing accounts.

    Apple has also improved playlists in iTunes 12, allowing suers to view their full library and playlists side by side. And a redesigned "Get Info" window features a clean look that provides users with the most useful information about their media.

    The first beta of iTunes 12 arrived in July, echoing the flatter and more translucent cues of Apple's redesign of OS X with Yosemite.





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    Apple releases 7th preview of OS X Yosemite to developers



    The update, which Apple as usual says is "recommended for all users," can be downloaded via the Mac App Store or from Apple's developer portal. It has not been made available to members of the Yosemite public beta program, who were given access to a second prerelease version in late August.

    In an accompanying seed note, the company cautions that developers will not be automatically logged in after installation of Developer Preview 7. Those with the FileVault disk encryption service enabled will find their system shut down if they do not login shortly after the reboot.

    Apple also continues to acknowledge issues with Family Sharing, Gatekeeper, Handoff, iCloud Drive, Aperture, iPhoto, and Safari. Shared purchase history remains disabled on the Mac App Store, for instance, while using Handoff to pass an untitled TextEdit document between two Macs may not work properly.

    In addition, Apple's photography applications may exhibit user interface issues like clipped text improperly displayed checkboxes. Importing and exporting could also be slower than normal.

    Web developers, meanwhile, should take care to test their websites thoroughly in Safari. Subpixel rendering is now on by default, which may cause layout issues in sites with tight design constraints.

    Accompanying the new Yosemite beta are updated beta versions of Xcode 6, OS X Server 4.0, and Apple Configurator 1.7.





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    Apple releases new OS X Yosemite betas for developers, public beta participants



    With the next version of Apple's flagship desktop operating system nearing release, new preview versions of OS X Yosemite were seeded to both registered Mac developers as well as participants of the public beta program.

    Developers will receive Developer Preview 8, carrying build number 14A361c, while public beta testers can download Public Beta 3. Both are available as delta updates through the Mac App Store.

    It is unclear whether the two pre-release versions are in lockstep when it comes to their respective codebases, but the new Developer Preview does continue to show some deficiencies.

    As before, developers with automatic updates enabled will not be logged in automatically after reboot. Those with FileVault encryption enabled will find their computer shut down if login is not completed "shortly" after the restart.

    Family Sharing pages on the Mac and iOS App Stores remain disabled, while Apple continues to remind developer that they will need to re-sign applications with new Gatekeeper signatures. In addition, problems persist with Handoff of untitled TextEdit documents.

    Apple has also reaffirmed that SMS Continuity, which was removed from the Golden Master version of iOS 8, will not be available until October. The change is likely due to OS X Yosemite's arrival after its iOS counterpart.

    Other areas with lingering issues include Extensions, iCloud Drive, Aperture, iPhoto, Safari, Developer Tools, and localization.

    Also updated on Monday were Xcode 6.1, bearing build number 6A1030, and Apple Configurator 1.7 beta 6.





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    Apple releases Mail app update for OS X Yosemite Developer Preview & Public Beta



    Apple today has released an update to OS X Yosemite’s official Mail application via Software Update in the Mac App Store. It’s available for both developers and customers on the public beta. Apple says that the update fixes an issue related to users being unable to compose messages. It’s interesting that Apple issued this update as a standalone fix versus an entirely new developer preview. Apple released new developer and public betas for Yosemite last week. The final OS is expected to ship in late October.





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