iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite: Top 10 feaures

Apple had the tech world on the edge of it seat on Monday evening as it rolled out numerous updates to its iOS and Mac OS X platforms.

While we have to wait a few months before the update is available to all Apple device owners, developers are already able to start accessing the tools, to ensure their apps and services can take advantage of all the new capabilities on offer.

With this in mind V3 has put together a list of what we think are some of the most interesting features that will be arriving soon, and how they could improve your iDevice experience.

10. One million Mac OS X Yosemite free betas available

Apple Mac OS X Yosemite beta signupMac OS X Yosemite offers a major design overhaul from Mavericks, bringing the user interface closer to the ‘flat’ look and feel of Apple’s iOS mobile platform, and also offers improvements like better integration between the firm’s desktop and mobile products. But ahead of all that is users can get their hands on a copy early and for free.

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite will ship in full this autumn, but Apple announced that it is looking for a million users to download it much sooner than that and offer their feedback. This is a privilege normally restricted to the Apple developer community, so Apple must really want to keep its desktop and laptop users on side, or just encourage them to upgrade to the latest version early.

Apple didn’t reveal when the Yosemite pre-release will be available to download, saying only that “the beta software will be available for you to install soon”.

To get one of the million free pre-release copies, you just need to sign up using your Apple ID. Once the software is ready, Apple will send out a code to install the beta from the Mac App Store.

However, you’ll need to be running Mavericks to take part in the Yosemite testing, which you can also grab free from the App Store.

But don’t expect to test out all the new, and some of the more exciting, features once you get hold of your Yosemite beta. Apple advised that phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot and iCloud Drive won’t be available, while Spotlight suggestions will work only in the US.

6 June 2014 | 12:29 pm – Source:

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