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

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.