Apple flipped the switch today and made the OS X Yosemite beta available for free to those who aren’t enrolled in the company’s Developer Program. And like any other beta release, things didn’t go as smoothly for some users.

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As promised, Apple has just taken the wraps off the OS X 10.10 Yosemite Public Beta, allowing non-developers to try out the as-yet unfinished Mac software. Details on how you can get involved in this limited beta trial are below.

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When the rumor mill around any Apple product grows, you get confused as to what to believe and what not. In all such cases, there are always some sources that remain more credible than others. And a latest report from a very credible source suggests that Apple’s fall plans might include not just OS X Yosemite, the iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6, but also a new Mac lineup, including the rumored 12-inch MacBook.

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Those looking to catch an early glimpse of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the next major installment of Apple’s desktop and notebook operating system, have been able to check out some of the changes by means of the Developer Preview releases. Since WWDC, the Developer Previews have enabled registered devs to test the new software for bugs, compatibility and new features, but even in the run-up to this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, we knew that Apple would be allowing anybody with an Apple ID to try out Yosemite before the end user release this fall. The OS X Beta Seed program, which Apple introduced to allow ordinary folk to get a flavor of what’s next, is about to come into effect thanks to the first Yosemite beta, which will land tomorrow.

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Traditionally speaking, Apple has generally favored releasing new versions of iOS and OS X on a staggered basis rather than bombarding users with upgrades at the same time. The inclusion of the impressive Continuity features that were unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference had led some corners to believe that iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite would be made available to the public at the same time this fall, but according to those familiar with Apple’s plans, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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Apple has launched a new ad for its ever-popular MacBook Air, but it’s not quite like the ads that came before it.

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Apple has posted its Q3 2014 earnings results, and as ever, the Cupertino giant has raked in revenues in billions, and has also revealed how many iPhone, iPads, iPods and Macs it has sold in the last quarter. Full details and breakdown of the earnings results can be found right here.

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With its MacBook Pro lineup tightly tied to Intel’s chip release schedule, Apple will be pleased to learn that the chip maker has launched an update to its Haswell line of CPUs.

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It’s been a busy day for software-in-progress over at Apple today, and as well as rolling out OS X Yosemite 10.10 Developer Preview 4 and iOS 8 Beta 4, the Cupertino giant has also made iTunes 12 Beta available as part of Yosemite. As well as some serious design tweaks, there are also quite a few new features packed into this release, and as ever, you can check the details – as well as some first-hand screenshots – right here.

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Apple has just seeded the fourth developer preview of OS X 10.10 Yosemite for those subbed to its Mac Developer Program, and therein, you’re likely to find general performance enhancements and bug fixes along with a shiny new release of iTunes 12 beta. Details, can be found after the break.

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Keeping your Apple ID safe and secure has never been more important. Not only does it have your payment details locked in, meaning anyone with access to your account can start downloading apps, video or music, but it also plays host to your emails if you use an @icloud.com email address. Strong passwords are a must – you do have a strong password, don’t you? – but sometimes a little extra security must be in order.

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Even though developer Dong Nguyen pulled his immensely popular Flappy Bird game from the App Store and Google Play Store earlier on this year, the cult following it garnered has since spawned various tribute acts and spin-offs. But while most of these clones have been pushed out by opportunistic developers looking to cash in on the title’s success, one Apple enthusiast has come through with a port for the Apple II, and surprisingly, it works like a charm. Having released a clip of his creation, aptly named Flapple Bird, in action, he seems to have replicated the graphics and gameplay down to a fine art, and as I think you’ll agree once you see the clip, the result is simply awesome.

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Apple has just rolled out version 11.3 of its iTunes app for Windows and Mac, bringing a bunch of notable new features as well as the customary performance tweaks. Details, as ever, can be seen after the fold.

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At this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple delivered quite a few surprises with regards to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, but one feature we had been almost certain of many months prior to WWDC was that of the appearance. We knew, given the significant alterations made with iOS 7, that the Cupertino’s thirst for uniformity would spill over to the Mac, and so it proved with the showcasing of a decidedly flattened-out Yosemite. Even though, as ever with such drastic visual changes, it’s probably going to take some developers weeks – even months – to update their apps in compliance with the new look, some eager folk have already been trying to imagine what the icons of some stock and third-party apps may look like when given the Yosemite treatment.

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Intel’s Haswell chip, with its credentials as a very power-efficient processing infrastructure, has done wonders for Apple’s Mac range, and in particular, MacBooks, which have seen significant battery life increases over the fleet of machines running on the preceding Ivy Bridge. The next-generation Broadwell chips were thought to be headed to Macs at some point this year, but with Intel apparently beset by delays, we could be waiting until the middle of next year before we can get our hands on the new Broadwell-powered machines.

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Some iOS and OS X users have noted of a minor glitch pertaining to the use of the stock Calendar, resulting in the wrong holiday dates being shown for certain regions. Thus, folks in countries like Lithuania are seeing the holidays of nations like Mexico and Hong Kong, and although this rather confusing scenario seems to have affected multiple users running on iOS 7.1.x as well as others on Mac, Apple has reportedly noted of the issue and will come through with a fix in a forthcoming software update.

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Apart from the third beta of iOS 8, Apple has also seeded Developer Preview 3 of OS X Yosemite. Details on how and where to download it from can be found right here.

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Apple has passed on the message to developers that it will be removing all CloudKit data from its servers as of Monday, July 7th. This is not out of the ordinary, and in fact, regularly occurs around the time that iOS and OS X betas arrive, and anybody running iOS 8 beta or OS X Yosemite Developer Preview with data stored in the iCloud Photo Library, Mail Drop or iCloud Drive will need to retrieve it over the next couple of days.

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There are few computers in this world that are more expensive than a Mac Pro. Well, home computers at least. So it’s fairly safe to say that they are a high value target for thieves, which is why you’ll want to make sure that every precaution is taken so that the risk of your pride and joy being lifted by some light-fingered trickster. Until now, doing just that has been a case of fashioning your own security lock, or opting to go for one of the expensive third-party solutions that just don’t quite cut the mustard for whatever reason. Now though, Apple’s got your back.

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Apple has once again launched its Back To School promotional program, offering great deals to students looking to invest in a new Mac, iPhone or iPad. Those qualifying can expect a $100 Apple Store gift card with any Mac purchase, although this excludes the Mac mini, while students can also score themselves a $50 gift card when buying an iPhone or iPad. Whereas, in previous times, Apple has offered iTunes Store cards of similar value, this deal means that a user can spend the credit on peripherals, software, cases, and other such effects.

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