Apple Will Release OS X Yosemite Beta for Public Use
The newest version of Apple's Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite will become available for the public in a beta version on Thursday.
The tech giant created quite the spur of excitement for Yosemite last month at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a teaser into how it is expanding its ecosystem of devices. They made their focus on connectivity. The operating system has a feature called "Handoff" that allows users to transition from whatever they are doing on one device onto another.
Developers have been experimenting with the software since June and now the public will get their hack at it.
To try out the beta, you must sign up for Apple's Beta Program and activate the link Apple sends you the next day. It will then allow you to download the newest version of Yosemite. There won't be many updates for the beta. Users are advised to backup their data as trying out unfinished software is never entirely safe.
Yosemite will come with a built-in feedback assistant app that lets users report bugs or submit their thoughts on the software. Only one million users can engage in the program.
This release comes on streak of momentum as Apple has increased its revenue by 5.9 percent from last year.
"We're thrilled with the results, and we're thrilled with where we are going," said Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to The Wall Street Journal. "The momentum is really strong."
The numbers are mostly because of the company's iPhone's dominance over the smartphone market.
Sagging iPad sales may be due to users' transition from tablets to "phablet".
Apple's recent effort in China also plays a big role in effecting in the iPhone's great success of late. Apple said iPhone dales were up 55 percent in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. In China alone, iPhone sales increased by 48 percent.