Here’s how to get OS X Yosemite today (Wired UK)


Developers have been toying with the beta of OS X Yosemite since
Apple announced the operating system at WWDC in June. Unfortunately
for the rest of us, we have to wait (im)patiently until Yosemite
launches officially this fall. Unless you signed up for Apple’s
public OS X Yosemite beta program, in which case today is your
lucky day.

OS X users who sign up for this program, which was also
announced at WWDC
, get access to the beta early without needing
a developer account. And beta access will ship later today
(Thursday 24 July).

Here’s how it works. If you signed up with your Apple ID on the
beta program
(it’s still not too late to do so), tomorrow you will
get an email with a link and activation code to download the latest
Yosemite build. While developers get updates to their beta versions
every two weeks or so, members of this public beta will only get a
handful of updates until Yosemite launches in the fall, and users’
versions will be brought up to speed with the final release version
by that point. In other words, you won’t have to wipe your system
and re-install the final release when it’s available — you’ll
already have it.

This isn’t the first time Apple has opened up beta software to
the public. Apple gave consumers access to the first beta version
of OS X a decade ago (although it wasn’t free). And in April, the
company also opened its OS X Beta Seed program for Mavericks.

Before you download the release though, there are a few things
you should do. First, backup your data. Before you download any
major OS update, you want to backup your data just in case
something goes wrong. Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive are easy
options for uploading important files and photos to the cloud, but
you can also copy data to a USB drive if you’d rather have a local
hard copy.

Next, if you have the luxury of owning multiple Macs, download
the beta onto your secondary machine rather than your main
workhorse. Yosemite is still a beta, and it can (and will) have
bugs from time to time. Your life might be a bit easier if those
bugs don’t pop up when you’re halfway through an important project
at work. If you do discover a bug, or have feedback about the OS X
build as you’re using it, Apple has built in a feedback assistant
app so you can swiftly and easily send your thoughts to Apple. Will
Apple read all your feedback? Theoretically, yes. Will it implement
your grand idea for a better system-wide font choice? Probably

The OS X Beta program is free and open to anyone with an Apple
ID, but right now it’s capped at one million users. Downloading the
software won’t void
the warranty on your current machine
, and if you decide you
don’t want to use a beta of Yosemite after all, Apple will provide
detailed information about how to revert back to Mavericks.

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