OS X Yosemite 10.10 is nearing its projected release bracket, and with a bunch of Developer Previews already under its belt, Apple has just rolled out Yosemite DP7 to developers. The new build, which has been given the version number 14A343f, offers a couple of minor additions as well as the usual dose of bug fixes and performance enhancements, and you can catch all of the main details below.
Unlike the beta of Yosemite, the Developer Preview releases of Yosemite are only available to developers, but with this being the seventh Developer Preview release since Apple first took the wraps off OS X 10.10 Yosemite back at WWDC in early June, end users will be able to get their hands on the final build very soon.
DP7 can be picked up via the OS X Dev Center as well as the Mac App Store for those registered, and along with the new build, Apple has also bumped Xcode 6, Apple Configurator 1.7, and also rolled out an all-new OS X Server 4.0 Developer Preview.
As well as those aforementioned performance tweaks, the Dark Mode has been adjusted, with Spotlight in particular looking much more refined when in Dark Mode. Certain apps, including Dashboard and Keychain Access have had their icons refined as well, so while this isn’t a major notch on the overall Yosemite release cycle, it does draw us ever closer to that end user roll-out.
In the run-up to Yosemite, we knew that the user interface would be dramatically altered, flattened out in a similar manner to which iOS 7 was back in September of last year. But while the internal rebellion against skeuomorphism was dramatic through Apple’s mobile software, Yosemite isn’t as radical a change, and the subtle alterations manage to clean up the UI without robbing the Mac software of its identity.
Apple hasn’t put any definite release dates OS X Yosemite, but even though the elusive Retina MacBook Air may be a few months off given Intel’s current Broadwell predicament, it’s likely to hit the scene either later on this month or early October.
So, if you’re a developer, be sure to give the new software a whirl, and if you spot anything significant, do let us know in the comments.
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