Yosemite Beta

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    Apple announces 'AirDrop Test Fest' to flush out issues ahead of OS X 10.10 Yosemite



    In a note sent out to developers on Wednesday, Apple invited AppleSeed members to participate in a "test fest" focusing on AirDrop functionality in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which bakes in compatibility with devices running iOS 8.

    Apple usually restricts test fest activities to internal teams working on upcoming OS X software, but has decided to bring AppleSeed developers into the fold in preparation of OS X Yosemite's launch this fall.

    According to the letter, the company has set up a special discussion topic to handle observations and test results, as well as a survey created to guide developers in specific feature testing. The directed focus suggests there are areas of concern that need to be ironed out before the final Yosemite build is released to the public. The survey is available through Feedback Assistant.

    Finally, to help flag issues, those opting in to the test fest will be provided with information regarding the correct way to write up AirDrop bug reports.

    AirDrop is one of Yosemite's tentpole features and offers users the ability to quickly transfer files and media between OS X and iOS platforms without taking extra steps like sending content through email. Like iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 Mavericks implementations, the next-gen AirDrop iteration still uses Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity to discover and send out data.

    When accessed from Control Center in iOS 8, AirDrop automatically gathers a list of nearby machines — including Mac running Yosemite — with which content can be shared. The desktop version also has a dedicated Finder window to transport files from Mac to iPhone or iPad.

    AppleSeed members are already taking part in the AirDrop Test Fest, which started at 12 p.m. Pacific today and is scheduled to run through Sunday, Sept. 28.





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    Apple releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers, Yosemite Beta 4 testers



    Apple has released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers via the Mac App Store today. Candidate 1.0 of OS X Yosemite GM follows the release of the first iOS 8.1 beta to developers yesterday and Yosemite Developer Preview 8 two weeks ago. Apple is expected to debut to the new version of the Mac operating system to the public next month. We’ll update with changes found in the new version, and feel free to share any discoveries in the comments or via tips@9to5mac.com.

    -The update weighs in a 857MB.

    -Build increased to 14A379a from 14A361c.

    -Xcode 6.1 GM seed (build 6A1042b) and OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview (build 14S310) also available.

    -Apple notes: You can now submit apps and app updates to the Mac App Store built with Xcode 6.1 GM seed.

    -Mouse/Trackpad videos updated with Yosemite UI



    -New iWork icons previewed on Trackpad video (Dock and Launchpad)






    -Users also reporting updated build of Yosemite Public Beta (14A379b from 14A361p)

    -Bash Shellshock issue addressed (Manual update issued for Mavericks, Lion already)





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    Apple brings back SMS Continuity in OS X Yosemite GM



    iOS 8 and Yosemite work together unlike any other operating systems Apple’s ever created, but after removing one of Continuity’s most promising new features – the ability to send and receive SMS texts from Messages on a Mac – Apple has restored the feature to OS X Yosemite slightly ahead of schedule.

    Apple removed the feature from the Yosemite beta earlier this month, stating it would be available again in October, but it looks like today’s Yosemite GM has restored SMS Continuity to iMessages

    Here’s how to enables it from an iPhone running iOS 8.1 beta 1:

    Enabling Text Message Forwarding from the Message app on OS X appears to be blocked in the Settings still, however, if you’re running iOS 8.1 beta 1 on your iPhone, the Mac app automatically detects when your iPhone is running the new software and asks you to verify your Mac with a code sent to your iPhone.





    iOS 8.1 beta 1 also snuck in the ability to disable Text Message Forwarding on devices, straight from the Settings app.

    To toggle Text Message Forwarding on/off, go to Settings >> Messages >> Text Message Forwarding and your compatible devices should be listed.







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    Yosemite GM provides an early look at new versions of Pages and Keynote for Mac



    On Tuesday Apple provided developers and beta testers with the GM build of OS X Yosemite, which will likely be the version that ships to consumers later in October (although since this is only a “GM candidate” we may see another build sometime before then). Earlier we noted that this build includes updated videos to demonstrate the trackpad gestures in System Preferences that showed off new iWork icons.

    As it turns out, those demo videos also give us a quick look at what will almost certainly be the next major version of Apple’s iWork suite. Above you can see an unreleased version of Pages that features a redesigned toolbar and other tweaks. Another of the videos has our first look at the updated Keynote app:





    Unfortunately, in the case of Keynote, we can’t see nearly as much, even at the largest available size, because it only appears as a thumbnail in Mission Control. However, a close examination reveals that it has a very similar toolbar to the one seen in the Pages screenshot above. These Yosemite-ready updates will likely be available some time next month, probably at or just after Yosemite becomes publicly available.

    Since Apple is widely expected to announce new iPads in October, it makes sense to assume that OS X 10.10 will share the stage with those devices and finally get a solid release date at that time.





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    Yosemite GM includes support for SMS Forwarding when paired with iOS 8.1 beta



    When iOS 8.0 launched, it shipped without support for SMS Forwarding, one of the many “Continuity” features that were demonstrated to work between iOS devices and Macs running OS X Yosemite. The reason for this was fairly simple: there was no need to include the feature if Yosemite was not yet available to the public.

    Earlier this week Apple delivered the first beta version of iOS 8.1 to developers. Aside from a few design tweaks, not a whole lot of changes were visible, though there were references and initial support for Apple Pay, indicating that this would be the update to enable that feature. Now it seems the update will also activate the SMS Forwarding function.

    As seen above, support for pairing an iPhone with a Mac for SMS Forwarding is already built into iOS 8.1 beta 1. This makes sense since Apple has said that its payment service will be available in October, which is the same month Yosemite is expected to ship to consumers. Since the first version of Yosemite will need to ship with SMS Forwarding, that function is present in the GM build.





    That means if you’re running the GM build of Yosemite and the beta build of iOS 8.1, you can now enable SMS Forwarding between your devices. Setup is completed by logging into the same iMessage account on both devices and waiting for the prompt to enter a confirmation code displayed on the Mac into the iPhone.

    You can also manage your SMS-capable devices from the Messages settings pane on iOS, which will show a new section for the feature that allows you to toggle which devices will get text messages. If you attempt to re-enable a disabled device, you’ll have to redo the code entry to confirm your decision.

    iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay and SMS Forwarding will be released some time in October alongside OS X Yosemite, and possibly new iPads. Apple is also currently hard at work on two new updates to iOS, versions 8.2 and 8.3.





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    Apple seeds second OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Xcode 6.1 golden master builds to developers



    After issuing the second iOS 8.1 beta on Tuesday, Apple released updated golden master candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers for testing ahead of an expected launch later this month.

    The latest OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 GMs come exactly one week after the first release candidates were seeded to developers. Golden master identifiers are usually reserved for final or near-final software versions, signifying Apple is about to announce public availability of its next-generation Mac operating system.

    Today's Yosemite build is labeled 14A386a, compared to the initial GM candidate's 14A378a designation.

    When it sees launch, OS X 10.10 Yosemite will bring a number of so-called Continuity features to the OS, allowing iOS device users to interact with Macs in new ways. For example, Macs will be able to tether with an iPhone to place and receive cellular voice calls, continue email conversations and perform other cross-platform operations.

    Since the first Yosemite Developer Preview was issued in June, Apple has gone through a total of eight developer versions and four public beta releases.

    Developers can download the latest OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 GMs through Apple's Developer Portal or the Mac App Store's Software Update mechanism.





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    Apple seeds new OS X Server 4.0 preview for testing ahead of OS X Yosemite launch



    Apple on Wednesday released to developers a new version of OS X Server 4.0 carrying improvements to previously announced features, including SMB3 file sharing and new management options for devices running iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

    According to the seed notes, Apple's latest OS X Server 4.0 build 14S323 brings a number of improvements to built-in systems like the server app, File Sharing and Profile Manager, all of which are designed to work with the upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite release.

    Of note to enterprise users are Profile Manager features specific to Apple's recently released iOS 8 mobile operating system. With OS X Server 4.0, administrators have access to new payload settings and Mobile Device Management rules pertaining to cross-platform Continuity features introduced with iOS 8 and the forthcoming Yosemite. Along with tools offered in Apple Configurator 1.7, the new features offer more granular control over issued devices running the latest Apple software.

    Apple requests developers to test upgrade and migration from OS X Snow Leopard and higher, as well as Xsan functionality.

    Today's update comes one day after Apple issued the second OS X 10.10 Yosemite golden master build to developers, suggesting that the next-generation Mac OS will soon see public release.

    Developers can download the latest OS X Server 4.0 release via Apple's Mac Dev Center.





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    Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to developers



    After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

    Apple's latest OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3, dubbed build 14A388a, comes a little over one week after the company released an initial golden master candidate and just two days following a second seed on Tuesday.

    Apple first issued its Yosemite Developer Preview in June and has since released a total of eight developer versions and five public betas. The company is expected to release a final public version at an upcoming special event scheduled for Oct. 16.

    OS X 10.10 Yosemite promises support for Continuity and AirDrop features, which allow owners of devices running iOS 8 to perform cross-platform operations like creating ad-hoc data connections for transporting files, routing iPhone voice calls through a Mac and continuing in-app functions across devices. The next-gen operating system also incorporates a "flat" iOS-style user interface and other graphical tweaks.

    Developers can download the latest OS X Yosemite build from Apple's Mac Dev Center or through the Mac App Store's Software Update mechanism.





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    Apple seeds OS X Yosemite Public Beta 6 to testers



    Apple on Monday pushed an update to the public beta of its next-generation desktop operating system, granting members of the prerelease program access to a sixth revision that brings it up to speed with the version released to developers late last week.

    Public beta members will find the new version available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. While the exact changes are not enumerated, it likely matches up with the third "golden master" version that registered developers received last Thursday.

    Such a public beta program is rare for Apple, who previously strictly limited access to unfinished software to developers. That remains the case for the company's mobile operating system, iOS.

    When announcing the public beta program, Apple indicated that they would accept up to 1 million beta testers. Though it is unclear how popular the program has been, sign-ups remain open, suggesting that they have thus far fallen short of that figure.

    OS X Yosemite brings new Continuity and AirDrop features to OS X and iOS, which allow owners of devices running iOS 8 to perform cross-platform operations like creating ad-hoc data connections for transporting files, routing iPhone voice calls through a Mac and continuing in-app functions across devices. The next-gen operating system also incorporates a "flat" iOS-style user interface and other graphical tweaks.

    Apple is expected to provide more detail about OS X Yosemite, and its release, at a media event on Thursday, Oct. 16. AppleInsider will be on hand at Apple headquarters in Cupertino and will bring live coverage from the event.





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    Latest OS X Yosemite public beta may be the same as the final



    Mac owners who have installed the latest OS X Yosemite public beta, which was released earlier this week, may have the final version already on their machines.

    The public beta – sixth in a series that started in late July – was identified as build 14A388b, which matches the number assigned to the third ‘golden master’, or GM, released 9 October to registered developers.

    Apple traditionally finalises its OS X code several days before official release. Last year, for example, Apple generated the last GM two days before launching OS X Mavericks on 22 October.

    Apple will host a news conference 16 October, when it’s expected to introduce new iPads and announce the same-day availability of Yosemite. The company will live-stream the event.

    Because Apple typically uses the last GM as the release build, and with only a few days to Friday’s event, developers who have upgraded to GM 3 probably have the final on their Macs and so won’t need to re-download and re-install it later this week.

    Nothing is certain, however, since Apple is on unfamiliar ground: Yosemite was the first operating system that the company previewed to the general public since 2000.

    Yosemite’s public beta weighs in at 5.2GB, slightly less than Mavericks’ 5.3GB, but still a massive download for those on slow broadband connections or whose ISPs meter their usage. The beta download process can be started from Apple’s website.

    It’s unknown whether older editions, including 2012′s Mountain Lion, 2011′s Lion and 2009′s Snow Leopard, can be upgraded directly to Yosemite. Those editions can be upgraded to OS X Mavericks, however, hinting that Yosemite will also support the direct-migration paths.

    OS X Yosemite will be a free upgrade from Mavericks, and available from the Mac App Store.





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