Second OS X Yosemite public beta released

Good news for users of the OS X Yosemite public beta: beta 2 is now available. The fresh update brings the public beta inline with the latest version of the Yosemite Developer Preview. The first edition of the Yosemite Public Beta was released late last month, bringing a taste of the next generation of OS X to the masses. We're likely quite close to an official release for Yosemite, so the updated public beta should be more stable with fewer bugs and the like that the previous edition. An update version of the redesigned iTunes 12 beta is also included for beta testers.

If you're in the public beta program, the beta should now be available to download through the Mac App Store.

Yosemite brings a flattened user interface to the Mac that's reminiscent of what launched in iOS 7, as well as greater integration between OS X and iOS 8.

Though Yosemite is currently in a closed beta, Apple is expected to release a public beta for the OS later in the year, once we get closer to launch (which is likely only a few months away).

In the meantime, what new features in Yosemite are you most looking forward to?

Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • I'm not keen that they'd remove the "Translucent menu bar" checkbox in the Desktop & Screen Saver pane in System Preferences in the most recent DP build. I like to keep my menu bar opaque but still have translucency all over OS X Yosemite. n.b. I like the new font of the new comments section.
  • It looks good so far, honestly. Seems like some tweaks to the font smoothing algorithm to help readability on non-Retina screens. Dark Mode is still a touch rough around the edges, but it's a WIP. Finder and SysPrefs are more finished with the new icons and other little changes. iTunes 12 is a great improvement, making it more than "11 with a Yosemite theme." Now if they'd give an option to have rounded screen corners, it would feel a lot like the Systems of old.
  • Solves an issues where I had been unable to play purchased iTunes TV shows/Movies... and fixed where my MacBook would not even see one particular wifi hotspot, let alone connect to it...
  • Same happened to me glad it's fixed. I was scared to try to play rental movies since last time It didn't work and I had to call customer service to get my money back. Sent from the iMore App
  • Seems like they got rid of the biggest errors like maps crashing whenever I looked for directions. The fans finally stopped and my computer is not overheating anymore. But a few errors remain. Sent from the iMore App
  • Weirdly enough I had my graphics and ram slots fried on my Mac wonder if its the developer preview that did it. Oddly enought I don't think hats the case I think it was due to roughness as I'm a student who rides the bus and operates comp on bus and such and use it 24/7 so I think I just used the hell out of it haha
  • This is the public beta, contrary to what is stated in this article. Sent from the iMore App
  • Volume change is really ugly. Please report so apple changes it. Also it distorts whatever is behind it. Sent from the iMore App
  • It may be ugly but they took away the horrid ear piercing tone that went along with every single click of the volume button. The person who implemented that sound should be slapped.
  • There's a setting to mute the volume tone. Sent from the iMore App
  • It sounds crazy but when I got to my main Mavericks machine I'm actually happy to see iTunes 11. Whatever they're trying to do with iTunes 12, I don't get it.
  • Yes. Unlike most apple products, It seems to me like they have no vision of how iTunes could be perfect. They just keep throwing out updates to see if people like it. Sent from the iMore App
  • Mostly, I like Yosemite so far. A few small quibbles, but nothing terribly significant, though man does not having a full URL in the Safari address bar bug the heck out of me. But you know what I really don't like? In fact, that I hate with the burning passionate fire of a thousand suns? iTunes 12. iTunes 12 is complete and utter trash. It's like all the terribleness of iTunes 11, which was terrible, multiplied by a thousand. I wish I still had a Snow Leopard machine so I could use iTunes 9.
  • You can enable the full address by going to Preferences then clicking on the Advanced tab, and its the 1st checkbox option under that tab. - hope this helps.
  • Thank you! This has been bugging me too.