OS X 10.10 Update 1.0 (a.k.a. Yosemite beta 2) seeded

Summary:Apple has seeded developers with the second beta of Yosemite alongside today's iOS 8 beta 2 release.

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Apple seeded Yosemite beta 2 to registered developers today with a number of new features and stability enhancements, the first major update to Apple's next generation desktop operating system comes 15 days after the OS X 10.10 Developer Preview was released at WWDC.

Listed as build 14A261i, the new OS X 10.10 Update 1.0 might set a record for the most ones and zeros in a software update. The new build can be installed from the Apple Developer Center or via a software update in the Mac App Store. 

According to MacRumors, new features include: 

  • The return of the Photo Booth application 
  • Screen Sharing v6 now includes the ability to block incoming requests
  • Time Machine has done away with the starry space motif and now uses a blurred version of the current desktop picture
  • Handoff between Yosemite and iOS 8 appears to be functional in beta 2
  • AirDrop now offers an onscreen notification when a file is incoming making it is no longer necessary to open Finder
  • A new Settings icon

It appears that "dark mode" isn't implemented in Yosemite beta 2 but 9to5Mac has published a tip from Hamza Sood on how to enable it (and disable it) via the following Terminal commands:

  • To enable: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences AppleInterfaceTheme Dark
  • To disable: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences AppleInterfaceTheme Light

A MacRumors forum thread is tracking the changes in Yosemite beta 2 in copious detail, right down to the updated Settings icon.

Disclaimer: Yosemite betas are intended for developers and are not recommended for production. Yosemite betas may cause data loss and include security vulnerabilities.

Topics: Apple, Enterprise Software, Developer


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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