Apple today released the latest version of its OS X “Yosemite” computer software in beta form. This is the new tenth version of OS X which will eventually replace “Mavericks.” The beta release is available for download for free on first come first served basis for first 1 million download. Yosemite is a continuation of Apple’s redesign process of its software across computers and portable devices.
This is the first time Apple is making the pre-release version available to the public. Earlier, it made the beta versions of both its iOS smartphone and tablet software and its OS X computer software have only been available only to developers for testing ahead of their general releases to the public.
To install the free software users will have to sign up using Apple’s site, as well as have a Mac computer with OS X Mavericks 10.9 installed with at least 2GB of memory and 8GB of free disk space.
Apple has also recommended that those users who want to test the new software do so on a second computer because it could be unstable and cause errors due to its beta form. Users who do install the beta software will be able to upgrade to the final version of Yosemite on its release in the Autumn.
Apple has made big changes in Yosemite version. It will bring a total new GUI to users making it much closer to the iOS version on the smart phones. Apple has also added features that tie the two devices together ie the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and the Mac. This feature is known as “Continuity” and will allows users to send files back and forth between the two.
Another feature Yosemite brings is that users of Apple’s iPhone will also be able to place and answer calls on their desktop computers.
Those who are interested in the free download or for beta testing can do so here.