After unveiling the OS X Yosemite at WWDC last month, Apple will be releasing a pre-release beta to the public today. What’s more, you don’t have to be a registered developer to try out the OS ahead of its official release. Listed below are the steps you need to follow to download the pre-release beta of OS X Yosemite on your Mac today.
First off you will need to sign up with Apple’s beta program. Head over to the website, and register using your Apple ID. Once you have registered, Apple will send email you’re a link and the activation code on your email as soon as it is released.
Before you install the OS on your Mac however, you need to backup your system and all your important files. Also if you have the luxury of owning two Macs, it is advisable to install the beta on your secondary machine. Do remember that Yosemite is in beta, which means there are likely to be quite a few bugs.
Traditionally Apple updates a beta release for the developers every two weeks. While it may not follow the same timeline for the public, it will still release a couple of updates before releasing the final version later this year.
While anyone can install OS X Yosemite beta for free, there is a small catch. Apple will only be releasing a set number of activations for the first public beta, which is believed to be around one million.
OS X Yosemite introduced a host of new features including Handoff, tweaked notification center, iCloud drive in Finder, and a tweaked Safari design among others. A comprehensive list of all the new features can be found here.