One of the big Mac-centric announcements this year was the introduction of a new public beta for those of us who aren't developers. On July 24, The Loop reports, Apple will open the doors to its Mac OS X Yosemite beta a few months ahead of its release sometime this fall.
Apple released the third beta build of iOS 8 today after a three-week lack of updates, and it's full of tweaks that were neither in previous updates nor mentioned in the keynote at WWDC 2014. While there's nothing earth-shattering about the update, it does include a number of modifications to settings and the UI as well as an option to switch on iCloud Drive. Cult of Mac and MacRumors have nice rundowns of all the changes included in the update.
WWDC is right around the corner, and so far the lion's share of the speculation as to what we'll see has focused on things like the iWatch, the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone, and the similarly rumored home-automation system. But it's also likely that we'll see some updates to the iMac as well, judging by codes referring to new models buried in the OS X Mavericks 10.9.4 beta.
For all of Apple's strengths, it's usually not a company that's associated with letting us do things for free. Judging from last year's news about OS X Mavericks and the followup news about the iWork suite, that may be changing. Indeed, as The Loop reports, Apple is apparently even introducing an beta program for OS X that'll let non-developers see the builds for Apple's signature desktop operating system before they're released to the public.
'Tis the season for buying smaller tech companies. The latest news comes not from Facebook (fresh out of buying WhatsApp for a staggering $16 billion), but from Apple itself. Today the Cupertino giant acquired Burstly, which the iOS beta testers among you may recognize as the company responsible for TestFlight.
The big news Wednesday was no doubt Facebook's latest big acquisition, which left those of us who don't use the WhatsApp to ask, "What's the big deal?" instead. We can certainly think of at least a few other companies we'd have rather seen the social networking giant drop $19 billion on, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds. But first, let's take a trip backwards in time and catch up on everything else that happened yesterday...
The man who sued Apple because he hated Siri has had his day in court, and was told by the judge to basically go home and never come back. At least, not with this case. If, however, you're willing to sue a company because beta software has bugs and you don't feel like returning the item that uses it, well, who knows what you'll sue over next?
If the third beta of iOS 7.1 serves as any proof, Apple is at last allowing users to delete the installation files up for upgrades to the operating system that automatically start downloading when the device is connected to AC power. As reported by German site Macerkopf.de (via MacRumors), users who don't want to install the updates will soon be able to delete the installation files to free up room on their iDevices.
After the initial shock of the sweeping design changes that came with iOS 7, many iPhone and iPad users are still trying to adjust. But get this: more changes are on the way. As Cult of Mac reports with a comprehensive gallery of the changes in the third iOS 7 beta, eight new features will likely make significant modifications to the existing look of iOS 7.
Apple seeded the second beta of iOS 7.1 to developers today, and Cult of Mac has put together a handy collection of GIFs showing the most significant changes we can expect on our devices in the coming weeks. On the face of it, the update may seem minor since it doesn't include any major new features, but it does include a few tweaks that aim to address some of the complaints users have had with the operating system since it first appeared.