It’s round four of Apple Summer o’ 2014 desktop operating system sweepstakes. OS X Yosemite Beta 4 (aka Developer Preview 4, Build 14A298i) shows Cupertino’s software simians in top form with a iTunes 12, more Dark Mode functionality and Jony Ive-ified Calculator.
• iTunes 12 introduces an elegant new design and organization improvements
— Streamlined Design: Now has a beautiful new look and simplified design that makes browsing your library easier and more enjoyable
— Family Sharing: Share your purchases from iTunes, iBooks and the App Store with up to six people in your family without sharing accounts (cool!)
— Improved playlists: You can now see your full library and playlists side-by-side, making it even easier to add your favorite songs to playlists (cool!)
— Updated iTunes app icon (above)
— Still the same massively bloated app we’ve come to love (and loathe) over the last lucky 13-plus years?
— Calculator app in OS X Yosemite has been redesigned
— Three versions included: Mini, scientific (above), programmer
• Dark Mode Prefs
– Dark Mode settings have been tweaked and updated, including a new checkbox to turn it on/off for the dock and menu bar
Yosemite Beta: Occupational Hazard
Had something important stored in iCloud Drive before applying OS X Yosemite Beta 4? Yeah, well, it’s gonna be gone, just ‘cuz.
Starting July 22, 2014, CloudKit will require iOS 8 beta 4 or OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 4. To ensure uninterrupted development of your CloudKit enabled apps, download and upgrade to these versions today.
We will perform a server-side data wipe on all CloudKit public databases on July 22. If you are using iCloud containers with public databases, consider creating a copy of your data so that you can re-upload once the data wipe is complete. iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop will not be impacted by the targeted data wipe.
If you have any questions, visit the Apple Developer Forums.
Apple Developer Technical Support
If you have or plan to install Yosemite Beta 4, then by all means backup anything important stored in iCloudDrive, iCloud Photo Library et al because it will be gone, baby, gone.
For what it’s worth, user reports thus far about OS X Yosemite 14A298i, as well as iOS 8 Beta 4, seem to be quite positive…
What’s your take?