Apple releases OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 beta 2

Apple has released two new betas today for iOS 8 and OS X 10.10, which is the second release for the beta cycle. You can download the updates by going to the App Store on OS X or checking for software updates on iOS. 

Apple will be launching both platforms later this year and both bring many new features to the mobile and desktop operating systems. You can take a look at OS X Yosemite here and iOS 8, here, to gain a better understanding of each operating system and what's on offer.

The update for OS X 10.10 does not contain a change log, as noted above, and takes about 15 minutes to install. iOS 8 update contains "bug fixes and improvements", but the specific bugs that are squashed were not listed. Generally speaking, Apple will release a number of betas before the product reaches 'Gold'; this is when Apple will make the updates available to the general population. 

As always, pre-release software from Apple (or any other vendor) is intended for testing purposes only and should not be installed on production machines. If you do decided to test out the new builds, let us know if you find anything new in the comments below.

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I loving the new spotlight search. CMD+Space to show it, and as well as just launching apps or searching for files/folders, its a calculator and conversion tool and loads more

Yosemite as I see it at the moment sadly does not love up to my expectations. I love the new transparencies. The new Time Machine interface is very nice. The icons are not that nice except the trash can, which is beautiful. The system preferences icon is simply quite ugly! When flattening everything, why make it semi-3d while most of the other icons are flat? The new tabs in Safari and Finder are also quite ugly.

I really hope they improve these things, as the OS is improved. The new features like drop-off are great. Lets hope these things improve before it's released.

"Lets hope these things improve before it's released."

JFC! This is a DEVELOPER PREVIEW, not even the first Beta release, so of course things will improve!!!

Steve121178 said,
"Lets hope these things improve before it's released."

JFC! This is a DEVELOPER PREVIEW, not even the first Beta release, so of course things will improve!!!

No need to be rude, often when these releases are made, the design choices are already set, so the look may not change!

A DP is more or less akin to a beta release. Although Apple is not using the terms "developer preview" or "beta," as this update, which is effectively DP2, is actually called "10.10 Update 1.0"

So can someone explain to me how when they demoed all these features on stage they appeared to work? So for example Dark mode in current betas requires a hack and doesn't work properly. Did they demo it with a special working build or a HTML5 mock up or something?

It will probably be a special build that they created for WWDC. They only had to make it work for a very narrow configuration and demo. I imagine it's disabled because it's too unstable or else perhaps there are other visual elements that weren't shown at WWDC that aren't ready.

Officially, yes, but there is no activation required, so when this build inevitably finds it way to the net, anyone can use it.

Quillz said,
Officially, yes, but there is no activation required, so when this build inevitably finds it way to the net, anyone can use it.

Is this simply using the alt + update button method?

Are you referring to iOS? Because if so, that's different... For that, you need to have your UDID registered with someone who has dev access. For OS X, you just go to Software Update under the Apple menu and it will load up the App Store and you can install the update from there.

Quillz said,
Are you referring to iOS? Because if so, that's different... For that, you need to have your UDID registered with someone who has dev access. For OS X, you just go to Software Update under the Apple menu and it will load up the App Store and you can install the update from there.

Yes I am.
With the IOS7 betas, that was only the case if you was to alt+restore.
If you used alt+update it didn't perform the UDID checks.
I know this, because it worked for me.

Brian M. said,
I guess you don't have a retina display? Helvetica Neue looks great on retina displays, but rather crappy on regular ones.

Sigh.... Retina displays are not in my Mac OS near future.... or extended future. sigh...

Thingol said,
I don't like the new font on Yosemite, they should add an option to revert it.

i wish windows had changed their ugly fonts once in a while for a less ugly one

Brian M. said,
I guess you don't have a retina display? Helvetica Neue looks great on retina displays, but rather crappy on regular ones.

so an OS which only looks great on the MacBook Pro?

I have a 2560x1440 display, how will it look on that? Tempted to give the beta a whirl myself

glen8 said,

so an OS which only looks great on the MacBook Pro?

I have a 2560x1440 display, how will it look on that? Tempted to give the beta a whirl myself

As equally as crappy when I tried it :/ IMO

glen8 said,

so an OS which only looks great on the MacBook Pro?

I have a 2560x1440 display, how will it look on that? Tempted to give the beta a whirl myself

With some hack (google it) you can enable HiDPI mode. On that display if you selected the 1280x720 HiDPI mode (effectively 2560x1440 with a UI scaling that is the same as 1280x720...i really don't get their HiDPI lingo, but that's what it is). I'm sure the fonts will all look great if you can stand the ridiculously huge UI.