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Apple Releases Second OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate to Developers, Public Beta 5

Apple today released a second golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers, a week after releasing the first candidate golden master and the fourth public beta. Apple has also released the fifth public beta to those who signed up to beta test the new Mac OS.

The latest Yosemite update, build 14A386a, can be downloaded from the Mac App Store and through Apple's Mac Dev Center.

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

Over the course of the beta testing period, each Developer Preview has added new features and refined the look and performance of OS X Yosemite, although changes have become less obvious in more recent builds as Apple begins finalizing Yosemite ahead of its public release, which is expected in late October.

The current build, like the previous golden master candidate, may not be the final version of OS X Yosemite, depending on the outcome of final testing. Last year, Apple seeded multiple golden master versions of OS X Mavericks, with the final version coming a couple of days ahead of the software's public release.


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21 months ago
10.6.8 - fastest, most stable, most reliable OS Apple has released. Snow leopard is the mac version of Windows 7. :)
Rating: 26 Votes
21 months ago
"hopefully this fixes ________________________"
Rating: 17 Votes
21 months ago
Apparently golden master builds are just developer preview builds now...
Rating: 16 Votes
21 months ago
Autumn is such a great time for Apple customers. New desktop OS, new mobile OS, new phones, tablets, iMacs, Apple TV (please!). Those months leading up to September are rough. :)
Rating: 14 Votes
21 months ago

I just went through this 100+ MB update and there are no changes anywhere, literally.

This update was only to improve performance and fix bugs. They are really finishing up for the release.


Did you expect a new unannounced feature, perhaps a integrated cheese slicer for machines that still have optical drives?
Rating: 12 Votes
21 months ago

Even with public beta and everything the overall OS seems glitchy even on new machines.


Perhaps in the earlier builds the last 3 builds have been relatively solid.

10.6.8 - fastest, most stable, most reliable OS Apple has released. Snow leopard is the mac version of Windows 7. :)


Myth. The same has been said about Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Panther, Tiger etc.

Confirmation bias galore.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 months ago

Apparently golden master builds are just developer preview builds now...


Hence GM Candidate. I for one prefer the previously used term, release candidate.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago

I just went through this 100+ MB update and there are no changes anywhere, literally.

This update was only to improve performance and fix bugs. They are really finishing up for the release.


More like making sure there is no 8.0.1 debacle with Yosemite.
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago

I just went through this 100+ MB update and there are no changes anywhere, literally.

This update was only to improve performance and fix bugs.


Those two sentences contradict each other.
Rating: 9 Votes
21 months ago


#3 No sound on SOUND keys as in you can't tell how loud you're increasing the volume from the keys. Also sound to send mail is so quiet, you'll never know if you sent the mail or not. Reported since BETA 1.


Dear Mr Frustrated Beta Tester,

Got to System Preferences -> Sound -> Sound Effects and click "Play feedback when volume is changed". ;)
Rating: 8 Votes

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