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Apple to Continue Offering Public Beta Versions of OS X Software

With the release of Yosemite, Apple introduced a public beta test for the first time, allowing more than a million consumers to sign up for and participate in the Yosemite beta. In past years, beta testing new Mac software has been left up to developers and a select number of Apple Seed members.

It appears that Apple found Yosemite's public beta testing to be successful, as the company today sent out an email that suggests it will continue to offer public beta tests for OS X software in the future. In an email that thanks Yosemite testers, Apple says that members of the OS X Beta Program will continue to be offered beta versions of OS X software updates.

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Thanks for participating in the OS X Yosemite Beta Program. As you know, OS X Yosemite brings an elegant redesign, continuity features for using your Mac, iPhone, and iPad together, and major enhancements to the apps you use every day. And it's now available for free from the Mac App Store.

Please install the release version of OS X Yosemite. As a member of the OS X Beta Program, you will continue to be offered beta versions of OS X software updates on any Mac that you installed the beta on. However, if you prefer to stop receiving beta updates, please click here.
Over the course of the beta testing period, Apple seeded six separate public betas to beta testers. While public beta testers received fewer updates than developers early on, towards the end of the beta testing period, updates became more frequent and the final beta that was sent out mirrored the third golden master sent to developers.

It is unclear if Apple will seed minor OS X updates to the beta testing public, or if the next major public beta test will come in 2015 with the release of the next-generation OS X 10.11 Mac operating system.


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28 months ago
It's time to lay down Apple, take this next year off and do another Snow Leopard. We don't necessarily need crazy new features, we want full reliable stability.
Rating: 17 Votes
28 months ago
I thought it was a successful venture and I enjoyed testing it out before its public release. I'll do it again next year.
Rating: 12 Votes
28 months ago
Seems as if we've all been beta testers lately...
Rating: 9 Votes
28 months ago
Ikr

I know right!! How dare they send me an email THANKING ME for participating in a totally optional and voluntary program...


frankly, they didn't need to send out an email just for that

what's annoying with Apple is that once they own your email address, they just don't know when to stop harassing us :confused:

Rating: 9 Votes
28 months ago

So they outsourced the rigorous testing to it's intended user-base...?

This is the mother of all "this is not my job" commentary....


Not exactly. The intended user base is the "I'm afraid of computers" shoppers in Apple Stores. The Beta program is for people who want a taste of the "latest and greatest," and willing to take the risk that comes with it. In return, Apple maybe gets a better vetted product because it increases its test base and variations by a big multiple.

Apple isn't asking beta testers to do this as full time work. It's not even demanding they use it on their main machine. And it's not relying on this program to vet future OSes. But most of all it's completely voluntary, so your "this is not my job" commentary is 100% off point.
Rating: 7 Votes
28 months ago

Ugliest OS X so far, thank you "testers!"


Personal opinion aside, you really think the look of the OS came about because of the testers?
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago
I wonder if Apple will consider iOS public betas in the future.
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago
Made me feel special! :D:o

I think it's a good practice. Imagine the bugs or UI that would be present in the .0 release without the advanced feedback.

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I wonder if Apple will consider iOS public betas in the future.


I doubt it. iOS has such a massive market with non-tech savy users. Too many people would accidentally do it or sign up without real understanding and then the typical beta issues would give Apple a bad reputation among general users for "buggy" software.

If you have a Mac, the odds are greater that you know what the beta is and is for.
Rating: 5 Votes
28 months ago
I have to say Yosemite is quite stable. Zero issues. Runs fast and smooth.
Rating: 4 Votes
28 months ago

So they outsourced the rigorous testing to it's intended user-base...?

This is the mother of all "this is not my job" commentary....


Trolling today? :rolleyes:
Those of us who wanted to sign up did with full knowledge of what we were getting into.

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frankly, they didn't need to send out an email just for that

what's annoying with Apple is that once they own your email address, they just don't know when to stop harassing us :confused:


They sent you a thank you and you complain. Weird.
Rating: 4 Votes

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