Apple has released a second version of its Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 operating system to developers, referring to it as “Update 1” even as devs are more keen to refer to it under the traditional “Beta 2” terminology. The new download for developers continues to iron out the roughest edges of the unfinished system software, which will come preinstalled on all new Mac computers, and be released as a free update for all recent Macs, once it’s complete later this year. For now, even with the Update 1 / Beta 2 revision, our early tests reveal that it’s still rather raw.
Apple is offering a “public beta” in which regular Mac users can try out the incomplete Yosemite OS X 10.10 software on their home computers for free. However that program is still in the process of getting underway even as registered software developers are getting their hands on the Beta 2 download. That means Apple doesn’t feel that Yosemite is yet ready to put into the hands of end users, even as a beta. However users can sign up now on apple.com in order to participate in the program. Apple says it’s limiting the public beta to the first million people to sign up. So is there any way to get ahold of the Yosemite beta in the mean time?
The short answer is no, unless you’re a member of Apple’s developer program (which costs money) or you happen to be close friends with someone who is. We’ll post more about our own hands-on experiences with Mac OS X Yosemite Update 1 / Beta 2 once we get deeper into it. But for now, suffice it to say that end-users probably wouldn’t want to put the current version on a production Mac quite yet anyway.