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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 2

Alongside iOS 8 beta 2, Apple today released a new version of OS X Yosemite, just over two weeks after initially introducing the operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference.

The update, Developer Preview 2, has a build number of 14A261i, and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center.

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OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency, along with a slew of new features, including improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity. It also includes a new "Today" view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search that offers new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages.

OS X Yosemite is currently only available to developers, but Apple plans to offer a beta version of the software to Mac users at some point during the summer. A public release of OS X Yosemite is expected in the fall, after several additional beta iterations.

New Features:

- Photo Booth: Photo Booth, which was missing from the first Yosemite beta, has now returned.
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- Time Machine: Time Machine has a redesigned interface that removes the stars. (via 9to5Mac).

- Screen Sharing: Screen Sharing has been updated to version 6, allowing users to block incoming screen share requests.

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- Settings: There's a new Settings icon.

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- AirDrop: AirDrop now offers a notification directly on the screen when a file is incoming, so it is no longer necessary to open Finder to receive a file (via 9to5Mac).

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Handoff: According to several of our forum members, Handoff between iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite is now far more functional.

System Information: There's a new field for Continuity support in the Bluetooth category of the System Information app, which lets users know if their machines support features like Continuity and AirDrop.

Related roundup: OS X Yosemite

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10 weeks ago
Woo-hoo! Bring on the dark theme (can't stand the "Miami Vice" 80's colors, the blue folder icon makes my eyes bleed)
Rating: 13 Votes
10 weeks ago
Aw, the stars are gone in Time Machine. Now it's a boring translucent background.
Rating: 11 Votes
10 weeks ago

Who is that nice Asian lady?


Hands off mister.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 weeks ago

Downloading OTA right now!


OTA?

Let's not get our terms mixed up. Please. :/
Rating: 8 Votes
10 weeks ago

how about the icon for it? i dont have the DP.


Here you go!
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago
I can confirm that regardless to if you are a licensed dev, if you obtained the beta through whatever means other than entering a code into the mac appstore you still get the update :)
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago
Can anyone confirm if dark mode is in this build?
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago

I am hesitated to even boot to Yosemite. Ever time boot to Yosemite, my iCloud Keychain will be rested...


That keychain needs its rest, you know, it is full of your hard work.

And you could also use OS X 10.9 Mavericks to work in.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 weeks ago

I hate clicking it and then I get a pop-up. BOO!


I get that, it's quite alright though with CMD+Space :)
Rating: 5 Votes
9 weeks ago

I always, always use an external drive to test out new OSes.


Geez people. Just use Disk Utility to create a second partition on your internal drive, then put the test OS on it. When you're finished with it, and/or they come out with a stable enough version for your production drive, just erase the test partition and bring it back into the fold. Pretty simple stuff.
Rating: 5 Votes

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