Apple to release free public beta of OS X 10.10 tomorrow, here is how to get it

Earlier this year, when Apple announced OS X 10.10, they said that there would be a free beta for the OS. Starting tomorrow, if you have signed up for the beta program, you will be able to download the bits in the afternoon.

Apple said says that this public beta will not be updated as frequently as the private beta for developers, this likely means that only stable releases will be part of the public beta. 

If you want to be part of the beta and you haven't signed up yet, make sure to go here and register for the preview release. Apple is only letting 1 million users try out the beta, so you better act quickly if you have not done so already.

Once registered, Apple will send out a notification to those users when the beta is ready for distribution; this will be around 1 P.M. ET / 10 A.M. PT. As with any beta, even though this is a public release, you should avoid installing the software on a production machine. 

With that caveat, we have been using the most recent developer preview for a few days and it is stable. There are a few graphical bugs here and there and occasionally an app will lock up, but for the most part, it runs quite well.

If you have questions about the public beta release, make sure to head into our forums where an active discussion about OS X 10.10 is taking place.

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The name OS X has become a brand name, hence why the version number is now 10.10 . So OS X is said like OS X and not OS 10. Apple themselves call it that in their announcements.

DeltaXray said,
The name OS X has become a brand name, hence why the version number is now 10.10 . So OS X is said like OS X and not OS 10. Apple themselves call it that in their announcements.

Apple calls it "OS X Yosemite" And in fine print OS X v10.10, That's still OS 10 Version 10.10. Apple has always called OS X - OS TEN :) It was the version after OS 9 after all.

You can find copies of 10.10 online. It updates when the (real) developers get the updates. Just don't instal it on your main machine. Run it in a new partition or something just in case. Always do a backup when you muck around with this stuff. I have been running it everyday on a second partition with almost no problems. I like it a lot & its beautiful.

I am a Windows user and I love Windows. Even Windows 8 from day one I have really liked it but I have to say Yosemite looks and runs so nicely. If you have an iPhone the experience is beautiful. It just works so damn well. I really hope one day I can switch from Android to Windows Phone with the same type of integration.

It's getting there. DP3 fixed a lot of issues and DP4 has improved graphics performance. So it's probably ready enough for a public beta.

Although with a yearly release cycle, OS X is practically in perpetual beta now.

ians18 said,
Will this work in a vm? On a PC?

On a PC its not allowed according to Apple's EULA. However, it is legal to load it in a VM on a Mac.

A340600 said,
I'm a Windows user, but I hate it when people on YouTube (so-called "tech reviewers") say OS "ex".

My name is Mr.XXIV, I say "Ex Ex Eye Vee" instead of 24 sometimes, because I want to.

A340600 said,
I'm a Windows user, but I hate it when people on YouTube (so-called "tech reviewers") say OS "ex".

So, you hate how it's pronounced, yet APPLE themselves call it OS "X", sorry but when the company that named it calls it that, that is what it's called... if they would call it OS 10 then that is what it would be called....

A340600 said,
I'm a Windows user, but I hate it when people on YouTube (so-called "tech reviewers") say OS "ex".

So you hate it when people call it what it is called? Really?

A340600 said,
I'm a Windows user, but I hate it when people on YouTube (so-called "tech reviewers") say OS "ex".

Do you also hate it when people say "Pee Es three", rather than Playstation 3?

neufuse said,

So, you hate how it's pronounced, yet APPLE themselves call it OS "X", sorry but when the company that named it calls it that, that is what it's called... if they would call it OS 10 then that is what it would be called....

It is OS TEN. This is not even debatable.

Phemo said,
Fortunately Apple decided to clear this up on their own website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ta22541

I quote: "The current version of Mac OS is Mac OS X (pronounced "Mac O-S ten")"

Maybe pronounced by them it is. I will still call it OSX though =). PS3, XBone. Surface instead of Surface Pro. Coke instead of Coca Cola. Phone instead of smart phone. And on and on... =)

Scabrat said,

Maybe pronounced by them it is. I will still call it OSX though =). PS3, XBone. Surface instead of Surface Pro. Coke instead of Coca Cola. Phone instead of smart phone. And on and on... =)

XBone does annoy me though. It just seems too forced. It only caught on because everyone though it was hilarious... cause you.. know... boner & all that.

Lamp0 said,

XBone does annoy me though. It just seems too forced. It only caught on because everyone though it was hilarious... cause you.. know... boner & all that.

It annoys me to the max.

Lamp0 said,

XBone does annoy me though. It just seems too forced. It only caught on because everyone though it was hilarious... cause you.. know... boner & all that.

Theres a lot of hilarity to be found in the Xbox One, but the nickname was never part of it.

Lord Method Man said,

Theres a lot of hilarity to be found in the Xbox One, but the nickname was never part of it.

You know what's even more hilarious, that Sony put out DLC for Killzone that costs $1.99 that allows you to fart and plank. That's like Microsoft putting out DLC for Forza that only gives you the doors and engine for a car.

This, coupled with the fact that Microsoft is putting more of an effort into updates for the console than Sony makes the PS4 even more of joke than some people think the Xbox One is!!!!

Order_66 said,
It's crazy that people would actually argue over something so utterly irrelevant and trivial.

No it's not.