OS X Yosemite Beta Download: OS X 10.10 Beta Program Limited to a Million Mavericks Users

The Beta version of Apple’s latest OS X will be out soon, but it is limited to one million people.

At the 2014 WWDC event at San Francisco, Apple announced that OS X “10.10” Yosemite will be out in fall 2014.

For those who are impatiently waiting for its release, there’s a Beta version will be made available before full version is out. 

According to Apple, the Beta Program is limited to only one million people, however. Competition for signing up could be tough, as Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed at the WWDC that of the 80 million Macs shipped, 40 million of them run Mavericks.

To join, users will have to sign up using their Apple ID. When the Beta software is ready for download, the lucky million will receive a redemption code which they can use to redeem the Beta from the Mac App Store.

Beta testers first need to have OS X Mavericks installed. Mavericks is available free from the App Store.

Apple also recommends installing the Yosemite Beta on a spare Mac and back it up with Time Machine since the software may “contain errors or inaccuracies.”

The Beta will not include the phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud Drive features, which were shown off during the WWDC.

And for Apple enthusiasts who might miss out on the Yosemite Beta Program, there’s always Apple’s OS X Beta Seed Program to sign up for. Signing up for this program will grant users the opportunity to run pre-release software, and provide feedback to Apple.