As promised, Apple is releasing a public beta of its latest Mac operating system, OS X Yosemite. Apple told me during a meeting earlier this week that the public beta would be released tomorrow, July 24.
The public beta version of OS X Yosemite is the same version released to developers on Monday, so to start off, consumers and developers will be running the same software. However, the developer version of Yosemite will be updated more often over the next few months than the public beta version. This is so developers can continue to test their software with the latest operating system available. Consumers really don’t need updates that frequently.
If you plan on participating in the public beta of OS X Yosemite, you should use a secondary Mac. I’ve been using Yosemite since the first developer release and it is very stable, but it is still in development, which means things can go wrong. Putting beta operating system software on your production machine is never a good idea. You should also make a full backup of your machine.
With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference coming up next week, pundits are speculating on hardware the company may introduce in its first major media gathering of the year. One well-informed analyst believes the stars of the show will be a cheaper iMac and maybe an 8GB iPhone 5s.
In a research note obtained by AppleInsider, noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple will announce cheaper versions of existing hardware alongside the expected debut of iOS 8 and OS X 10.10.
Apple is rumored to kick off a massive iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sale campaign this week in its retail stores, enticing existing iPhone users eligible for an on-contract iPhone upgrade with new iPhone trade-in deals. However, Apple isn’t the only company ready to offer better prices on its newest iPhone models, as Target already has a few hot offers of its own for iPhone buyers.
From May 4 through May 10, Target will offer iPhone fans who want to trade-in their older smartphones up to $300 toward the purchase of an off-contract iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c. Shopping with a Target REDcard will add further discounts, with Target offering an additional 5% of the price of the chosen iPhone for such purchases. Buyers looking to trade up to the iPhone will be able to do so either in Target retail stores or online, and the deal is good as long as their old smartphone is still in working condition.