Apple to release public beta of OS X Yosemite today
First million users to sign up will gain early access to the OS before its official release
Apple will today release the public beta of OS X Yosemite, the latest version of its PC operating system.
While the beta version of Yosemite has been available to developers since Apple announced it in June, regular users have so far not seen any snippets of the new OS. However, this Thursday, regular users will be able to get in on the action by signing up to OS X Beta Program website.
Apple said that the first million users to sign up will gain early access to the OS before it is officially released to the public in autumn.
However, the company has advised that developers are still on a different track to end users, so each group may be pushed updates at different times.
When the update is ready to be released, it will be automatically downloaded and installed onto the end user's computer, Apple said. Naturally, the company advises backing up your Mac before installing Yosemite, as the software is still in beta and might still go wrong. Others have gone as far as advising not using a day-to-day Mac for the upgrade, and instead installing Yosemite on a spare computer.
When the finished version of Yosemite is made available to the general public, it will automatically be downloaded and installed on Macs using the beta version, Apple said.
OS X Yosemite features updates to Apple's Mail, Safari and Messaging apps, as well as a new Notification Centre and more compatibility with the iOS mobile operating system.