Mac OS X Yosemite public beta signup and download: hurry up and wait

Mac users who want to test out the new OS X Yosemite system software while it’s still being beta-test on can sign up on the Apple website for a free download of the pubic beta. Apple is offering its customers the rare opportunity to test out the new Mac operating system while it’s still being worked on; while it offered a public beta of the original MacOS X version a decade ago, it’s mostly held new versions close to the vest until complete, only allowing developers to tinker with the pre-release versions. The catch with the OS X Yosemite public beta: it’s not exactly instant gratification.

Sign up on for the Yosemite public beta program, and instead of receiving an instant download of the software, you’ll be greeted with the following message: “Thanks for signing up for the OS X Beta Program. We will email you when OS X Yosemite Beta is available for download.” In other words, even the pre-release version of Yosemite isn’t yet ready for prime time. We expect that will change within days at most, as Apple may simply be waiting for the WWDC developer conference to end before unleashing Yosemite beta on the public. Speaking of developers, there is one way in which you can get your hands on OS X Yosemite right now.

Those who have signed up for the Apple developer program, which costs serious money, can get their hands on the developer beta version of OS X Yosemite right now. But for those who aren’t developers and have eagerly raced to the Apple website in order to sign up for the public beta, entered their AppleID and password and pretended the read the ten-plus paragraphs worth of terms of agreement before accepting them, it’s a matter of hurry up and wait.

Phil Moore

Phil Moore

Phil covers tech for Stabley Times.