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Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 and Beta Version 4 Released

Apple released Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM (Golden Master) Candidate 1.0 for developers (Build 14A378a) and Public Beta 4 (Build 14A379b) via Mac App Store or Apple’s Mac Dev Center on Tuesday. Apple has also released Xcode 6.1 GM seed (Build 6A1042b) and new version of OS X Server 4.0 developer preview (Build 14S310).

OS X Yosemite was designed to bridge the gap between iOS device and Mac machines. It incorporates iOS’ flatter look, as well as several changes intended to make switching between smartphone and computer more seamless. [readwrite: Mac OS X Yosemite Takes Another Step Closer To Launch]

OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 include tight-integration with iOS 8 with features such as Handoff and Continuity, which will allow users to make phone calls and send and receive SMS messages on iPhone through Mac. Other features include a redesigned Spotlight, new version of iTunes and major enhancements to Messages app. [Mashable: Apple Releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate to Developers]

OS X Yosemite brings a flatter, more modern look to OS X, with an emphasis on translucency and redesigned dock, windows, and more. It also includes a multitude of new features, such as improved integration with iOS 8 through Continuity, a new “Today” view in Notification Center that offers integration with third-party apps, a retooled Spotlight search with new data sources, and several new features for apps like Mail, Safari, and Messages. [MacRumors: Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Golden Master Candidate to Developers]

In addition to delivering new look, OS X Yosemite opens up better connectivity between the iPhone, iPad and Mac device. Here are some of those features.

  • AirDrop – Easily share files and more between iPhone and Mac.
  • Continuity – Quickly resume what you are working on when you switch from iPhone to Mac, including access to the app and the document or email you were working on.
  • Texts and Calls – With iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite you can answer a call using Mac as a speakerphone and also see and respond to texts from Messages.
  • iCloud Drive – With iCloud Drive it’s now easier to keep files of all kinds in sync between  iPhone and Mac.
  • Instant Hotspot – The iPhone shows up in the WiFi selection area with battery life and signal and you can turn on the Instant Hotspot without grabbing your phone once you set it up the first time.

[GottaBe Mobile: OS X Yosemite Release Nears]

Apple also opened up the Yosemite beta to the public for the first time in 14 years giving non-developers a chance to try out the new OS before its final release. [Macworld: OS X Yosemite is almost ready for its close-up as Apple releases GM candidate]

OS X Yosemite Developer Preview supports the following Macs:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Candidate 1.0 of OS X Yosemite GM follows the release of the first iOS 8.1 beta to developers and Yosemite Developer Preview 8. Apple is expected to debut to the new version of the Mac operating system to the public next month. [InsanelyMac: Apple releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers]

Interestingly, Apple released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers just as Microsoft unveiled its highly anticipated 2015 Windows update, named Windows 10, which will be available to users in preview version in the coming days. [Yahoo Small Business: Apple releases OS X Yosemite GM to developers right as Microsoft unveiled Windows 10]

Update #1: Both the developer and public beta releases of OS X Yosemite include the fix for the Shellshock bash security flaw.

Update #2:
– Text forwarding has returned (although it looks like it requires iOS 8.1)
– Mouse/trackpad videos updated with newer Yosemite UI
– Volume, brightness and keyboard backlight HUDs updated
[iDownloadBlog: Apple seeds OS X Yosemite GM candidate 1.0 to developers, Public Beta 4]
– New iWork icons previewed on Trackpad video (Dock and Launchpad)
[9TO5Mac: Apple releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 1.0 for developers, Yosemite Beta 4 for testers]



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