Apple is releasing a new version of its OS X operating system this fall. However, users can download and test a beta version of the Apple’s OS X El Capitan, which the company has rolled out as a beta version.
In contrast to last year’s Yosemite public beta release that only the first one million users to sign up could have access to, OS X El Capitan beta release does not have a similar cap, as reported by Ars Technica.
The principal purpose why Apple has released a beta version of its newest operating system is to collect feedback from customers and help the company identify changes that can be incorporated to make the operating system better.
However, Apple warns users that “since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software.” The company also asks the users to backup their system before downloading the latest version.
One can access the program by signing up for it on Apple’s website. Users do not have to pay anything to download the software.
The OS X El Capitan comes with several improvements and enhancements. Apps like Safari, Maps and Photos have been revamped, performance enhancements have been made, and improvements have been made to features like Mission Control and Spotlight.
The Find My Phone and Find My Mac features have been given a shake-up, with the two-factor authentication using a six-digit code in OS X El Capitan (currently, it uses a four-digit code). The idea is to prevent people who already have one’s passcode from gaining access to the system. The new authentication “uses different methods to trust devices and deliver verification codes,” Apple says.
Mission Control will allow users to work on two full screen apps simultaneously with its new Split View mode. The system-wide search feature Spotlight will be able to collect data from third-party sources in addition to returning with results for natural language queries. Maps has added public transit directions for more cities. The updated Notes app will give users an improved editing experience.
Through OS X El Capitan, applications will be launched 40 percent faster, as reported by Macworld. Moreover, switching between apps will take half the time with the introduction of Metal, the high-speed graphics technology deployed by iOS.
Apple says that there is a possibility of bugs and issues emerging in the beta version of the operating system. It is advisable that users back up their Mac using Time Machine before downloading the beta version.
According to TechCrunch, users can also go back to the original version of their operating system if they encounter a major problem.
“If you would like to go back to a previously released version, you must first erase the beta software, then re-install the latest shipping version of OS X, and finally restore from your Time Machine backup,” Apple’s website says.
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