What All You Should Know About the Yosemite Public Beta Program?
Apple recently made the pre-release version of the OS X Yosemite available to thousands of non-developers. Apple has released the public beta version of Yosemite in order to gather user feedback about it, using a simple built-in reporting tool that has been included with the OS. As a matter of fact, certain new issues and bugs have already been reported by users post the release. This post will take you through the first impressions of the OS X Yosemite, and the issues that have popped with the public beta release of this operating system.
Installation of Yosemite Beta Program – A Foreword
Only the users who signed up for the public beta program can redeem the promo codes to install the Yosemite OS X via the beta program website. So, if you’ve been selected to test the Yosemite beta program, then you should be aware that Apple has recommended users to install the Yosemite on a secondary machine. But in case you do not own one, there’s nothing to worry about! Just install the OS on some external drive or rather you can choose to install the operating system on a partition.
First Impressions of the Yosemite Public Beta Program
Users have different opinions about the new operating system. Some of the users were full of praise for the translucent panels that looked natural and clean, and called Yosemite stunning and aesthetically beautiful. The refurbished Spotlight in OS X 10.6 Yosemite looks great to users. The Spotlight shortcut visible on the right of your screen looked really small, but the “pushing command” and “spacebar” has brought up Spotlight in the screen’s center making it more clearly visible than before. Another finest adjustment has been made to the Safari browser that now boasts a very minimalistic URL bar that keeps the links clean.
While many users like the changes Apple’s brought to Yosemite, on the other hand, a much longer complaint thread has been created by some other users entitled “Yosemite Looks Terrible”. The thread is filled with complaints including “crappy” fonts, Dark Mode and others. Furthermore, a few users say that Yosemite looks not much attractive on a non-Retina display. Let’s have an overview of the biggest downside that has been reported by users regarding the public beta.
Yosemite Download Issues
Many Yosemite users have complained that they encountered issues while redeeming their download codes. Also, there is a problem that occurs during the installation process. Let’s have a closer look at both these issues and discuss how to get them fixed.
- When starting the Yosemite OS X 10.5 public beta installation process many users reported getting an error message saying “the code has already been redeemed”. In order to tackle such issue all you have to do is refresh the page and you’ll get a new code.
- Another problem that users have reported is regarding getting a “download failed” message, when they try to download the OS X Yosemite beta program from the Mac App Store, as shown in the screenshot below:
Now the problem is either taking place due to server error or due to some other reason. What you should do is wait and then try downloading the beta program again after a while.
It is expected that the OS X Yosemite will remain available in beta testing till October, and new versions will be provided to both Apple users as well as developers. However, the Apple participants (beta test members) will not be provided with as much software updates as the developers. Also, if you’re a user and contemplating about installing the Yosemite public beta program, then make sure to check out the forum thread created by users entitled “OS X 10.10: All The Little Things” that contains the details of all the changes made to Yosemite (during the entire testing period of the beta program) that you might not be aware of. This will indeed help you get familiarized with what all features you will avail post installation of the Yosemite operating system. For example, in the current developer preview a completely new version of iTunes is made available and more.
Let’s Wrap Up!
So, if you’re puzzled whether the Apple’s public beta program will be a worthy choice for you or not, then I’ll recommend you to read all the above discussed factors carefully to come to some informed conclusion.
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