Apple to Continue Offering Public Beta Versions of OS X Software

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  1. brianvictor7 macrumors 65816

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    Trolling today? :rolleyes:
    Those of us who wanted to sign up did with full knowledge of what we were getting into.

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    They sent you a thank you and you complain. Weird.
     
  2. naughtycalvin macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, dumb question. If I had the final public beta on my MAC, do I need to still download the "release version" (huge 5.3GB) and install it again?
     
  3. brianvictor7 macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. Oddly enough, Microsoft did this with Windows 7 and that is the most popular version on the market currently.

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    I'm asking the same question. Will find out tonight when I get home.

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    I admit it took me a few days to warm up to the flat look of Yosemite, but I have grown to like it.
     
  4. grjj macrumors member

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  5. dz-015 macrumors newbie

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    Given that Apple didn't take any apparent notice of a single one of the issues I reported during the course of the beta, I'm not really sure what it is they're thanking me for; but anyway.
     
  6. brianvictor7 macrumors 65816

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  7. MacHiavelli macrumors 65816

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    I like the $50 iTunes voucher thank-you gift. Wasn't expecting that.
     
  8. lparsons21 macrumors 6502

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    I haven't seen that. Did it just show up in your iTunes account??
     
  9. RMo macrumors 65816

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    Did you read the e-mail? It says, "Please install the release version of OS X Yosemite."

    No need to ask. The answer is "yes." :)

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    Kodiak, actually--not sure if it was named after the bear (a bit different from their cat scheme) or not, but it doesn't really matter since nobody called it that. They resisted using the cat names publicly for the first couple versions of OS X, as well. There was also at least one Developer Preview before this, though I can't remember much about that.

    That being said, the Mac OS X ("10.0") Public Beta was a bit different from the OS X Yosemite (10.10) Public Beta. You had to pay for the original Mac OS X Public Beta, though you got a more or less equivalent discount on the purchase price of the final product afterwards. (Of course, 10.0 was also different from 10.10 in that you had to pay for the operating system upgrade, so maybe this particular difference with the beta isn't all that notable. But as an interesting side-note, 10.1 was free to 10.0 users, though in that case I seem to remember it being more about bugs, missing features, and the fact that probably not a lot of people used it as their main OS yet.)
     
  10. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    They give beta testers a $50 voucher? I didn't read nothing about it.
     
  11. lparsons21 macrumors 6502

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    Me too.

    Just did a search and the only place I've seen it mentioned was in that single post. Checked my iTunes account and it isn't $50 richer and no voucher in any email.
     
  12. ttss6 macrumors 6502

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    Here's to hoping they expand the public beta to iOS next year! They can get much better feedback and my old iPhone 5 can be useful again besides being demoted as my iPod!
     
  13. befrank4444 macrumors newbie

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    It was cool and all and I appreciate the thank you email, but NEVER AGAIN! Way too buggy for me and too much feedback to send. Felt like I was working for Apple without the salary to be honest...
     
  14. thefourthpope macrumors 6502a

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    I thought it was very cool to get to test it out and give feedback. A little frustrating at times when certain software or plugins didn't work, but that was something I knew could happen.

    The oddest part has been the App Store trying to update my beta software. Yesterday it was beta version 4, today it was beta version 5. My specs--and the App Store--confirm that I'm running 10.10. Can't figure out a way to get it to stop trying to get me back on the beta!
     
  15. temhawk macrumors member

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    That's odd.

    I think I'm detecting a lot of sarcasm here.

    I'm afraid it would appear that's not the case.

    Exactly this has been my experience with submitting feedback to Apple.

    I haven't used Yosemite, but based on all the issues that people are complaining about, it seems like Yosemite is in an ‘extended beta testing phase’.

    It's a shame what has happened to quality assurance since Snow Leopard. It's a real tragedy.
     
  16. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    Why would you think that? Not even. I have a 2011 iMac. I created a bootable SD card of Yosemite. Did a clean install (erase and install each app individually) and it's running very well. The beta had bugs but the street release is great. Everything is working including phone calls through my iPhone and texting.
     
  17. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    That would be sooo nice, the next release after Yosemite, mostly devoted to 'under the hood' refinements,
    à la 10.6…...
     
  18. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

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    With the public Beta, I would have thought that more bugs would have gotten fixed before releasing the GM. There really needs to be more polish on the OS by the time it hits GM. This level of quality control is IMO pretty low compared to the standards a few years ago.
     
  19. tripmusic macrumors 6502

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    Too bad Apple didn't address my Feedback issues I sent them... yet. Overall it was a good experience. Getting a taste of the new UI was nice. Not too many hiccups overall. Some third party software like Carbon Copy Cloner wasn't compatible, they let people Beta test their CCC Yosemite release as well. Also, my Focusrite FW audio interface driver wasn't compatible early on, but they were fairly quick to release a Beta driver as well and has worked since. I wouldn't mind testing again, but my aging Macs might not be up to the task
     
  20. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    +1

    Keep 'em coming. Apple might need 'em …

    That post might have been humorous. I don't doubt that Apple has $50,000,000 spare to reward its (up to) one million Public Beta testers, but that money might be on hold for redirection to an environmental restoration project of some sort.

    Deforestation may be a real concern. Ugly stick trees are much more costly to grow than plain ugly trees. Hint: stick users appear to use far less foul language.
     
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    Go back and look at old posts from when Snow Leopard first came out, it was very buggy. Yosemite isn't bad, it's just if people are having a problem they come and post about it online, while most of the people that are using it with no problems have no reason to post about it.
     
  22. dmccombs macrumors regular

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    When I went to the link in the email, to download the release version, I got the message below. Did everyone else get this message and proceeded to get the full installer?


    OS X v10.10 is already installed on this computer. Use the Updates page to install the 10.10 update or if you would like to download the full OS X installer click Continue.

    I found more info here: http://bgr.com/2014/10/17/os-x-yosemite-download/ It looks like there is no need to do the update in the email.
     
  23. RMo macrumors 65816

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    I didn't get that message because I am a sane person and did not install a beta on top of my regular OS. ;) It is on a separate partition.

    I did upgrade 10.10 over my existing 10.9 install when the the final version was released, however, but I used the full installer in any case. I normally do clean installs but wanted to see how Yosemite worked as an upgrade, and I think it's pretty good.
     

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