OS X Yosemite Beta has been released to the public, but, as expected, there’re a few bug problems and misfires.
If you’ve joined the OS X Beta Program, then you’re in luck. Apple’s released a new build for OS X Yosemite yesterday, and the build is newer than the developer build Apple released earlier this week.
OS X Yosemite Beta brings new bug fixes, but creates some bugs as well – bugs that Apple makes known to its users (after all, it is a Beta program). For one thing, you’re bound to run into a problem with playing Netflix content by way of the Safari web browser.
iPhoto’s edit mode won’t show the picture you want, but instead provides a black screen. Apple says that the black screen “may” happen, showing that it doesn’t occur in all cases (but some). Family Sharing accounts’ll notice that the shared history purchase page is disabled at the moment. This’ll likely be implemented within later updates, seeing that OS X Yosemite is in beta mode.
AirDrop file share’s having some problems within the OS X Yosemite Beta mode, as you’ll experience trouble sharing files with other MacBooks as well as viewing nearby Macs. Initially, iCloud Drive may show nothing in your cloud storage. Apple says that you can simply restart to correct this problem. iPhoto and Aperture are required to experience Yosemite, but having both on your Mac will likely cause problems with Photo Stream and iCloud Photo sharing when using OS X Yosemite.
As always, a simple restart may be all that’s needed to fix the problems OS X Yosemite beta brings, but then again, it may not. Keep in mind that Apple does warn interested consumers that “we recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since it may contain errors or inaccuracies…this is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected.” Some features will also require iOS 8, which Apple isn’t releasing to non-developers for the time being.
Apple announced the arrival of OS X Yosemite at its WWDC 2014 conference on June 1st, bringing some new features to the Mac OS: in-built audio and video calling, Handoff (that allows users to go from one iOS device to another and pick up where they left off on an alternate device), Spotlight searches from the top of the main desktop screen (including Wikipedia, email, messages, iTunes, and movie theater searches), iCloud Drive (allows you to pull up documents on any iDevice), Mail Drop (allows you to send links to iCloud Drive files instead of large files from a server), Markup (lets you circle, underline, and emphasize certain words or images as well as sign documents), Instant Hotspot (allows your iPhone to serve as a Wi-Fi connection no matter where you are), and so on.
If you’re interested, head over to the OS X Beta Program site and sign up to become a part of the what Apple’s up to next.