Apple on Thursday plans to offer a beta version of its forthcoming OS X Yosemite desktop operating system to the first million people enrolled in its OS X Beta Program.
Announced during Apple's developer conference in June, OS X Yosemite marks the second of Apple's California-themed names for official OS X releases and the third of Apple's deviations in the past year from a tradition of polishing products in secret.
In April, Apple launched its OS X Beta Seed Program to provide customers with an opportunity to test updates to OS X Mavericks, the current version of OS X. Prior to that, the last OS X beta release, known as Mac OS X Public Beta, was available from September 2000 through March 2001 when Apple was soliciting feedback to improve the initial commercial release of OS X.
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