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Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta via Mac App Store

Apple on Thursday released the public beta of OS X Yosemite via its Mac App Store, allowing non-developers to test-drive the software for the first time.

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The OS X Beta Program lets you test-drive pre-release versions of OS X Yosemite and provide feedback to help make it even better. Experience the new look of OS X, and try some of the new features and apps like the new Today view, Spotlight, Safari, and Messages.

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OS X Yosemite Public Beta Reportedly Coming Later This Month

More than a month after announcing OS X Yosemite at its annual developers conference, Apple will reportedly release the first public beta of the software later this month, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple is planning to release a publicly available beta of the upcoming OS X Yosemite later this month, according to sources briefed on the plans. This release will mark the first time Apple has released a public beta of a new OS X version in over a decade.

According to the site’s sources, Apple has chosen to release the beta at this time to give itself time to polish the software for consumers’ use. To-date, Apple has released three developer previews of Yosemite, with the fourth reportedly coming later today.

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Senior Maps Engineer Reportedly Leaving Apple for Uber

Apple has reportedly lost a senior engineer of its Map team to transportation networking start-up Uber, according to an article published by tech site The Information earlier this week.

Uber has poached Chris Blumenberg, a senior engineering manager who worked on Apple Maps, according to three people familiar with the move. Blumenberg was one of the first engineers to work on the iPhone software and was a senior leader on Apple’s iOS team.

Blumenberg was part of the original team that built the first Maps application for the iPhone, and prior to that, was one of the leading engineers behind Safari for OS X.

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Apple Releases OS X 10.9.4 with Minor Bug Fixes and Stability Improvements

Together with iOS 7.1.2, Apple released a minor update to OS X Mavericks today, with general improvements to stability, compatibility and security.

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Apple’s full change log for OS X 10.9.4 is as follows:

  • Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks
  • Improves the reliability of wake from sleep
  • Includes Safari 7.0.5

Users can download the update via the “Updates” section of the Mac App Store.

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Apple Ceases Development of Aperture in Favour of New OS X Photos App

In a somewhat surprising move, Apple announced today that it would be discontinuing development of Aperture, its professional photo editing and management software. The news was first broken by The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple, who is one of the most reliable sources of Apple information.

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“With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture,” said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. “When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.”

According to Apple, the new Photos app, which was announced as part of OS X Yosemite at WWDC, would be a replacement for both iPhoto and Aperture, giving users a “more seamless experience” when managing and editing photos on Apple devices.

As revealed during its presentation earlier this month,  the new app will allow users to edit and search their entire photos library in the cloud on any Apple device.

Aperture was first launched in 2005, and even up to today, had been widely recognised as one of the leading professional photo editing software, next to Adobe’s Lightroom. The last update to the software was back in November last year.

However, Dalrymple emphasised that development on other pro apps like Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro would be continuing. “Professionals in those app categories should not worry about their apps—they will continue as normal”, he added.

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WWDC Video Highlighting OS X Yosemite UI Redesign Now Available Online

Last Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite, its next-generation operating system for Macs. During its presentation, the company screened a short video highlighting the redesigned user interface of the OS, which it has now posted to YouTube.

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OS X Yosemite features a redesigned and refined modern UI, with the incorporation of translucent elements and streamlined toolbars in windows. The new look eliminates skeuomophic design elements from the OS and creates a generally “flatter” feel, similar to last year’s major overhaul of iOS with iOS 7.

In addition, apps have also been given a clean and consistent design and a new updated system font has been incorporated to improve readability of content.

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Apple Encourages Developers to Opt-In Apps for Family Sharing

Apple has begun sending emails to developers asking them to make their apps available as part of Family Sharing, a new feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that allows up to six family members in a household to view and share each other’s purchased content.

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As noted by Appleinsider, the Cupertino company sent out emails via its iTunes Connect portal yesterday to explain to developers what Family Sharing is about and how they can participate in the program. Developers are given the option of keeping past purchases out of the program, indicating that this might be applicable for future apps as well.

With Family Sharing, members of a household can buy content and share them with one another, eliminating the need for multiple purchases. The feature covers content available on the iTunes Store, App Store and iBooks Store. In addition, family members will be able to share photos, videos, calendars and reminders.

The feature also allows parents to monitor purchases by requiring parental permission for any purchase made by Apple IDs belonging to children.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are currently available to developers in beta, with public releases scheduled for this fall.

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Code in OS X Yosemite Beta Hints at Retina Displays for iMacs

On Monday, Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite, its next-generation operating system for Macs, at its annual developers conference. Shortly after its presentation, the company released the beta version of the software to developers, with a public beta scheduled for this summer. Developers have been tinkering around with the new OS over the past few days, with the discovery of a string of code in the system library that hints at scaled display resolutions for a possible Retina iMac.

The discovery was made by a member of French Apple forum MacBidouille and posted on the site yesterday. The posting cites a display-setting file within OS X Yosemite’s system library that contains a series of scaling resolutions of up to 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800 pixels for a Retina display.

The first of these resolutions indicates hexa “00001900 00000e10″ is therefore a resolution scaling of … 6400 x 3600 (probably 3200×1800 HiDPI).
Continues and is 5760×3240 (2880×1620 HiDPI) 4096×2304 (2048×1152 HiDPI), etc..
(There are other resolutions, just make the conversion from hex)

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Public Beta for OS X Yosemite Available to First Million Sign Ups Only

Earlier today, Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), stating that the beta version of the software would be available to all users – including non-developers – as part of its new OS X beta testing program. However, Apple’s beta program site includes a disclaimer that the program is limited to the “first one million people who sign up”.

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Join the OS X Beta Program and help make the next release of OS X our best yet. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback. The program is limited to the first one million people who sign up, so join today.

Given the limited availability, users are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible if they are interested to take part in the program. Users can follow the steps below to sign up:

  1. Visit Apple’s OS X Beta Program site and click on the blue sign up button.
  2. Log in with your Apple ID and accept the program’s terms and conditions should you be agreeable to them.
  3. Wait for a notification from Apple when the Beta is ready for download.
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Apple Announces Winners of 2014 Apple Design Awards

Every year, Apple hosts the Apple Design Awards at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to recognise the best and most innovative OS X and iOS apps of the year. This year’s winners have been announced, with 9 iOS apps and 2 OS X apps making the list.

The winning apps of the 2014 Apple Design Awards
The winning apps of the 2014 Apple Design Awards

iOS apps:

OS X apps:

According to a tweet by Touch Arcade, winners will get a trophy and one of “nearly every product Apple makes”, including the new Mac Pro.