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Apple Allowing Non-Developers to Apply for OS X Beta Program

Alongside iOS 7.1.1, Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program that will see non-developers given an opportunity to download OS X betas before they are released to the public. Previously, participating in OS X betas required a developer account, priced at $99 per year.

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Join the OS X Beta Seed Program and accept the Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement. Apple will provide a Beta Access Utility for your Mac, which gives you access to pre-release versions of OS X in the Mac App Store Updates panel.
Users can apply to join the beta program on Apple's new Appleseed Beta website, which allows users to apply using an Apple ID.Apple requires everyone who signs up to sign a confidentiality agreement, which prevents users from disclosing, publishing, or disseminating confidential information to anyone not also enrolled in the Appleseed program.

After agreeing to keep beta information confidential, Apple asks users to make a backup on their Macs before downloading a special Beta Access Utility App which allows a Mac to be enrolled for beta software updates. All updates will be delivered via the Mac App Store, similar to standard OS X updates.

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14 weeks ago
haleluhjia. no more "but u aint no dev" complains when u run into a bug and simply want to point it out on here
Rating: 24 Votes
14 weeks ago

So some of us are wasting $99 a year..Nice..


That depends. Do you just get the beta software, or do you also get a whole load of developer resources along with the developer software?
Rating: 14 Votes
14 weeks ago
As a pending Software developer, this is good news.
(college student)
Rating: 13 Votes
14 weeks ago

As a pending Software developer, this is good news.
(college student)


Same here. OS X 10.10 here we come!
Rating: 12 Votes
14 weeks ago

So you would have to run the software in a virtual environment? As a normal user, I wouldn't want to run into bugs in apps regularly used, if my only OS was a beta.

Sort of a risky move for non devs, if you ask me..


Bro, do you even back-up?
Rating: 10 Votes
14 weeks ago

Hmmm.... wonder if something like this for iOS could follow, seeing how so many people found ways to adopt iOS 7 months early last year.

Would be great if something similar was done for iOS beta releases.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 weeks ago
Hopefully this will result in Apple taking a greater number of suggestions on board. Perhaps it might also improve both the quality and frequency of necessary changes. But here's hoping...
Rating: 8 Votes
14 weeks ago
Awesome good by Apple. The Tim haters don't have much to complain about.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 weeks ago

That depends. Do you just get the beta software, or do you also get a whole load of developer resources along with the developer software?


Also, the ability to submit Apps to the AppStore...that's the main reason to join the developer program...it's only $99 a year....go ask Microsoft how much is the yearly cost for MSDN. :)
Rating: 7 Votes
14 weeks ago
I've been a beta-tester before, and I'm no developer - you just need to put up a good enough case to the right people. I felt Apple were generally ignoring the corporate world (Samba, Exchange, NFS, Active Directory etc.) and I was having all sorts of grief at work trying to make my rebel Mac behave nicely in with everything else in that environment. In the end I came to the conclusion that, while I did influence a few fixes, my productivity suffered too much while forcing myself to use buggy, in-development software so that I could find and report bugs accurately. I really do get the initial giddy feeling that you're playing with the latest and greatest, but do not underestimate how troublesome this can be. And even though you back up many times over, you do get to the point of no return i.e. it eventually becomes a monster job to revert to the previous OS X if you're unhappy with the beta stuff, so you just end up sticking with it. Of course on the flip side some of the cool new features are very helpful, but you *will* miss the stability of the old version.

It's not all fun and games - just saying...
Rating: 5 Votes

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