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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:17

Apple Allowing Non-Developers to Apply for OS X Beta Program

 

Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program that will see non-developers given an opportunity to download OS X betas before they are released to the public. Previously, participating in OS X betas required a developer account, priced at $99 per year.

 

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Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement. Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.

 

Users can apply to join the beta program on Apple's new Appleseed Beta website, which allows users to apply using an Apple ID.Apple requires everyone who signs up to sign a confidentiality agreement, which prevents users from disclosing, publishing, or disseminating confidential information to anyone not also enrolled in the Appleseed program.

 

After agreeing to keep beta information confidential, Apple asks users to make a backup on their Macs before downloading a special Beta Access Utility App which allows a Mac to be enrolled for beta software updates. All updates will be delivered via the Mac App Store, similar to standard OS X updates.

 

Source: Mac Rumours

Link: OS X Beta Seed program




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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:42

Microsoft should take a page from Apple's book because I would like to try Windows Phone 8.1 Preview. :p



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:50

Erm. You can easily participate in the WP 8.1 preview: http://www.neowin.ne...s-now-available



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:09

You need a developers account to do so.



#5 REM2000

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:19

You need a developers account to do so.

 

i think thats the same for Apple, you would need a developer account to access iOS 7.x beta ?

 

The above is just for the desktop OS? i could be wrong on that i haven't signed up but so far everything is about mavericks 10.9.3 beta. 



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:37

I'm at work currently so can't check this out (Mac is at home, I work on a Windows PC) but there was no application process as such - I simply logged in with my Apple account and it took me straight to the page that would allow me to obtain the latest Mavericks beta. 



#7 OP +Frank B.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:44

I tried this before leaving for work this morning. It downloads a small nstaller which switches the App Store into beta mode so to speak. Seconds later the App Store showed me the updates for OS X 10.9.3 and iTunes 11.6 beta - which I am going to install as soon as I get home.



#8 SMELTN

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 13:13

yeah I signed up for this as well. Here is hoping we get some good stuff during WWDC



#9 Steeley

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 10:03

I want to sign up for this but I only have the one machine and I just know something will go horribly, horribly wrong, and I only have the one machine.



#10 PGHammer

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Posted 04 June 2014 - 01:17

I want to sign up for this but I only have the one machine and I just know something will go horribly, horribly wrong, and I only have the one machine.

Actually, you can use vmWare Fusion to install OS X betas (I'm installing Yosemite DP1 in a virtual Mac in Fusion 6 as I type this).  While this won't work for iOS betas (of course), Fusion DOES work for OS X betas.  I'm using the same steps that apply to Mavericks (you can Google OR YT search for the video outlining the steps) - the steps are just as repeatable on Hacks (since any Hack can run Fusion).