Friday, 10 July 2015 12:22

iOS 9, Mac OS X El Capitan Public Betas arrive at last Featured

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Those brave enough to try a sneak peek of Apple’s latest iOS 9 in a more stable ‘public beta’ than earlier developer betas can now do so.

If you’ve been waiting to try out public betas of Apple’s iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan, the wait is finally over.

For full details of what you can expect from iOS 9, you can visit the iOS 9 Preview page, which has been up since the developer preview was first announced at WWDC 2015.

The same goes for Mac OS X El Capitan, which has its preview page here

I first learned about the betas because I was part of the OS X Yosemite public beta program last year and thus was on Apple’s email list for public beta notifications, which arrived today. 

Apple’s email for the iOS 9 public beta arrived first and said: “The iOS 9 public beta is now available from the Apple Beta Software Program. Try it out and let us know what you think.”

Then a second email arrived for the Mac OS X public beta with a very similar message, replacing ‘iOS 9 public beta’ in the text above with ‘El Capitan public beta’.

Both emails then included a link to the Apple Beta Software Program page which states: ‘Help make the next releases of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan our best yet. As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you can take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think.’

You are then asked to either ‘Sign up today with your Apple ID,’ or if you’re already a member, to sign in.

Given the betas of each OS has now reached a public state, I’m definitely tempted to give them a go on at least some of my iOS and OS X devices, but won’t rush just yet as I’m in the midst of things and am curious to see if there’s any feedback from other braver earlier adopters.

That said, the urge to resist temptation will probably be given in to within relatively short order and I’ll suddenly find myself lock, stock and barrel in the land of iOS 9 and El Capitan betas.

When I do, I’ll let you know how they go, but based on the demos at WWDC, the new features looked pretty damn good - and a nice, fitting riposte to the coming Windows 10 extravaganza, not that Apple could likely give two hoots what Microsoft does or doesn’t do.

So… if you’ve been waiting for the public betas to drop, your wait is over!

Go here now, join the public beta program if you aren’t already a member and install away - just make sure you're fully aware of the 'danger' of doing so on production equipment - always choose to install on spare, secondary equipment, if you have it, first. 

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