Should I upgrade to DP 6?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by TheColtr, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. TheColtr macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2014
    After reading all the bugs and problems that seem to be plaguing DP6 I was wondering if it's worth it to upgrade it? I know there's new icons but with continuity not working (most of the time if not at all) I really want to hold off. Is there a experation date on DPs? Can I just stay on DP5 until the release candidate?
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I had few issues in DP 5, and even less in DP 6. Overall it's much smoother for me. I see no reason not to update.
  3. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    Sorry bud, but if you have to ask this questions you shouldn't be on any beta program, beta doesn't mean early access to show off to friends.

    On the other hand, yes, betas have an expiration date, no, you probably won't be able to stay on DP5 until RC, and yes, you should always update to the latest beta.

    That said, if I were you, I would rather install the Public Beta, PB is almost identical as DP4 which is pretty stable, yes, far less updates but that's because Apple is releasing with caution since is not for developers and more for a enthusiast of new software that wants to try it and help with feedback, and that's you, since I don't believe you are a developer.

    Don't want to sound rude, hope it helps.
  4. DSeeker macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2014
    Pelham, AL
    I would phrase some of this differently.

    First, if one has to ask this question, then the answer is no. If one is not experienced enough to know the risks and how to deal with disasters then beta testing is not for that person. But I disagree that part of beta testing isn't early access. Beta testers are unpaid workers helping Apple develop their products. In any arrangement there should be some form of quid pro quo. Early access is a form of reward.

    As to the expiration date I would be surprised if it is set to be before their expected release date. If it were, then machines that are not upgraded (perhaps because the beta tester lost interest) would be hosed. That would just be Apple arbitrarily abusing people who had volunteered to help them and that's not good policy. If one were feeling brave, one could disconnect his computer from the Internet, manually set the date to Dec 1, 2014, and try to reboot. Of course this is like pulling the trigger to see if the gun is loaded. :)

    I agree that the Public Beta is a better vehicle for the idly curious.
  5. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    But you should check the app you're developing works on DP6 as well.
  6. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    I meant early access as the new kid on the block to show off to his friends, many people only download betas for this purpose, if you only want to do it for this purpose you better have some tech knowledge like clean install, how to reinstall an OS, how to completely delete a hard drive, how to create a USB of the OS, DFU mode for iOS at least.

    Not really sure about the expiration date, I know that for iOS it has expiration dates, but either way, if OP has to ask this questions he is better off of betas or at least the PB.
  7. kjm18 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2014
    Hexham, UK
    Just asking does it cost anything as I have the public beta of Yosemite along with iOS dev account to get DP6 Yosemite
  8. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    On the flip side, the whole point of DP editions is to report bugs. There really is no point to hang on to an older edition and reporting (or not reporting) bugs that may have already been fixed.

    Like you said, it's a volunteer program, but the effort isn't necessarily just helping Apple as much as it's helping the overall community of Apple users/fans.

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