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Apple releases second public OS X Yosemite beta, new iTunes 12 test

updated 02:34 pm EDT, Thu August 21, 2014

Changes unidentified

Participants in the OS X Beta Program can now download a second public beta of OS X Yosemite via the Mac App Store. Changes are unlisted, but since it's following just a few days after the release of Developer Preview 6, it presumably incorporates that code's fixes and feature additions. Apple is believed to be building towards a final launch of Yosemite in October, which could mean one or two more public betas in the interim.

Apple is meanwhile also seeding a new beta of iTunes 12, identified as build 97. The v12 software is a substantial upgrade over its predecessor, with a "flattened" interface better suited to Yosemite, and streamlining designed to make browsing libraries and playlists easier. It also enables Family Sharing -- likewise featured in iOS 8 -- and a new Get Info window.




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  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Got a lot of new icons in System Prefs and the battery icon...

    not crazy about the text in Finder's multi-column view being more "ragged" looking in beta 2 vs. beta 1 (at least on a non-retina display).

    EDIT: I am SO GLAD they brought back Command-Shift-left arrow to highlight lines of text for long folder names. Having to use only Option-Shift-left arrow felt so much like Windows.

  1. jsnowbordr47

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-02-09

    Is it a whole new download and installation or is it an update? Sounded like its a new download and install process... I'll just have to do it when I get home from work tonight.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    We've got a staffer who did it yesterday, I'll try to get him to chime in.

  1. And.reg

    Mac Elite

    Joined: 02-22-04

    Originally Posted by jsnowbordr47View Post

    Is it a whole new download and installation or is it an update? Sounded like its a new download and install process... I'll just have to do it when I get home from work tonight.



    It's kind of both, like, you download the software, it'll ask you to restart your computer, but before it restarts, you'll get a gray screen and then a box saying (I think) Installing Software, which takes a few minutes, and then your computer will restart, and then it'll take another few minutes and then you'll be done.

    I still have no desire to go back to 10.9 :D

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    That's the way all system updates have worked for a few years now.

  1. Ron Goodman

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    Joined: 09-28-00

    How do I download the beta for a second computer? I'm told that my redemption code has already been used.

  1. Kees

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    Joined: 09-15-01

    @ Ron: check under purchases in the App store

  1. Ron Goodman

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    Joined: 09-28-00

    Thanks, found it.

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