os x yosemite

As we reported yesterday, Apple has begun the public beta test for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, as it has invited beta testers to download a build of the next version of its operating system made for its Mac products. Folks who got in – and that should be quite a few, since we just signed up and got in today – can go to the OS X beta portal, sign in and claim their redemption code to snag Yosemite via the Mac App Store.

Apple has already said the first million people who signed up ahead of time to beta test Yosemite will be able to get an invite today. It's the first time ever that Apple has allowed members of the general public to try out a pre-release version of one of its OS X builds. Using the Yosemite public beta is still subject to a bunch of terms and conditions, including an agreement that you won't share any images or discuss confidential software publicly. But, if Apple has disclosed it, it's not confidential.

Apple is rumored to launch the final version of OS X Yosemite in October. If you are one of the folks who got invited to download the beta build, be sure to read our feature on how to prepare your Mac before installing this early version of Yosemite.