Apple is set to bring out its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Yosemite is expected to be ready a month later in October.
OS X users who sign up for this program, which was also announced at WWDC, get access to the beta early without any developer account.It will ship today July 24th. According to reports by people briefed by Apple, the Yosemite will be available at approximately 10 a.m. Pacific time, 1 p.m. Eastern time.
The OS X Beta Program allows you take part in molding it by test-driving pre-release versions and allowing us know what you think. The company’s primary goal with the public beta is to collect user feedback using a simple built-in reporting tool.
To run the public beta, Mac owners must be using a machine that meets Yosemite’s hardware requirements. The Mac must also already be running Mavericks. Once Yosemite is installed, future updates to the beta software will come automatically via the system’s standard Software Update functionality.
The new look of OS X with Yosemite borrows a bit from iOS 7′s flat, bold look. The sidebars in apps such as the Finder and Messages are now semi-transparent. The icons for every OS X core app have been redrawn. The font for menus and preferences throughout the system are now Helvetica Neue, just like in iOS 7. OS X Yosemite alsofeatures some major design changes including a new system font, upgrades to Safari, Mail, Messages, and Notification Center, and the new iCloud Drive service.
Safari for OS X Yosemite also has support for lots of new web technologies and can now play Netflix without the need for the Silverlight extension.Apple made some big redesigns to Mail in OS X Mavericks making it more functional. iTunes 12 has a brand-new redesign that matches the aesthetic across Yosemite.
This isn’t the first time Apple has released its beta software to the public. Apple offered consumers to access its 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.
Since iOS 8 is not part of the public beta program, some Yosemite features may not work that require iOS 8, such as Handoff, the ability to make and take phone calls via FaceTime on your Mac, SMS in the Messages app, AirDrop between Yosemite and iOS 8, Instant Hotspot and iCloud Drive.