OS X Yosemite Beta Usage Beats Mavericks' Pace by 4x as New Features and Look Draw Testers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple announced OS X Yosemite last month during its worldwide developers conference and released the first beta version of the operating system to developers at the same time. According to web analytics firm Chitika, developer interest in Yosemite is high with an early adoption rate that is significantly greater than its predecessor OS X Mavericks and still growing.
    Chitika measured Mac OS X ad impressions from users in the U.S. and Canada between June 2 and July 2, 2014. Adoption of OS X Yosemite rose quickly after release, climbing to 0.15% of total U.S. and Canadian Mac OS X Web traffic in just a few days. In comparison, OS X Mavericks last year took about 30 days to reach only 0.05% of measured web traffic.

    Chitika attributes this higher adoption to curiosity about new features of OS X, especially those collaborative options that tie into iOS. Along with OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced iOS 8 with new continuity features that improve the cross-platform integration of iOS 8 with OS X Yosemite. Most notable is Handoff, which allows users to start a task on one iCloud-enabled device and easily transfer that task to another nearby device without losing changes.

    Article Link: OS X Yosemite Beta Usage Beats Mavericks' Pace by 4x as New Features and Look Draw Testers
  2. herocero, Jul 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014

    herocero macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    or maybe it has everything to do with allowing a limited public beta that increased the numbers significantly?

    edit: i've been corrected and brought up to speed, thanks!
  3. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    The public beta isn't out yet.
  4. xVeinx macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    Except the limited public beta isn't public yet ;)
  5. Richdmoore macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    Let's hope those of us with older (pre 2012) macs can take advantage of the new connectivity features. So far it looks like it is hit or miss depending on the age of the computer.
  6. Branskins macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2008
    iOS-only developers also have access to Yosemite Developer Previews this year. That could account for the large increase.
  7. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    That must mean that there are 4x as many Mac developers as last year! :p
  8. AngerDanger, Jul 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2014

    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    It's interesting that they're basing total beta adoption on web traffic percentages; perhaps the refinements and additions to Yosemite's Safari are conducive to more developers testing web interfaces.

    Ah, fair enough. :)
  9. herocero macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2003
    down on the upside
    my bad! i thought it went out to the first mil after wwdc?
  10. WhoDaKat macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2006
    Too bad none of the new features even work yet.
  11. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Web usage is pretty much the standard across the internet for figuring out everything from average usage time, to platform vs. platform ownership (iOS/Android/Windows).
  12. chrf097 macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    As far as I know and understand, SMS texts will DEFINITELY work since that's handled via iCloud, and Handoff will definitely NOT work since that's Bluetooth LE. As far as calls I also believe that's Bluetooth LE based.

    This is exactly what I think as well.

    It will be available to the first one million people who signed up after the beta goes live, presumably in late July/Early August.
  13. Traverse macrumors 603


    Mar 11, 2013
    It will grow even more once Apple finally lets public beta testers in.

    Granted, I know they're waiting because many users will try the beta and think of it as a public release and complain when something goes wrong, but still.

    I have a spare partition just waiting for that release email. :D
  14. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
  15. silverboy31 macrumors regular


    Feb 19, 2007
    Stoney creek , Canada
    Some features have been working for me .. Hand off, Continuity ...
  16. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    Where's my iPhone 6 leak article for today?

    Why no real phone shots from the Foxcon production line as of yet? Is Tim really doubleing-down on security? I need my fix! :p
  17. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I hope it comes out soon, I am excited to try it out.
  18. Lucky736 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004

    True Story! :)
  19. iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    Like what?
  20. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    I need a dose of iPhone 6 mock ups!
  21. StuBeck macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2008
    Certainly helps that it has one of the biggest graphical changes in years. I don't think closed betas show much correlation with what happens when it comes out either.
  22. TallManNY macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2007

    I can't imagine that curiosity is 3 times higher for this release over the last one. The last one was also a pretty big release with some good stuff in it.

    I think what we are seeing is the increase in the Apple developer community. I suspect that the iOS and OS X developer community has grown significantly in the last year, far faster and larger than folks realize. The community has also gotten better funding and more focused on Apple. Perhaps last year a programming group was looking at next gen consoles just as must as they were looking at iOS. One could see that focus being diverted now. I also suspect that as Apple OS X becomes a larger percentage of the non-work PC market, development for it is getting more focus.

    So it isn't that the same number of people are more curious, it is that there are more people who have a vested interest in the next OS X than there were last year.
  23. proline macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2012
    Precisely. This fully explains the difference. The stuff about curiosity and new look is just MR spouting ignorance as usual.
  24. jbachandouris macrumors 68040


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    If these stats are true, imagine how much usage they will show when the public beta starts this 'summer.'
  25. Populism macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2014
    My four-year old air slowed to a snail's pace with Mountain Lion. Too scared to drop a new OS on it. Guess I'll wait until I upgrade.

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