Apple puts pre-release OS X on the map

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Beta Seed: Help find hidden treasure.

Yesterday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) quietly started a new program which permits users to try out pre-release versions of OS X. Named "Beta Seed," the program is available to anyone free of charge.

However, there is a control-freak-Catch-22 Apple places on participants in the program. The catch: Bloggers may find they love new features in available-to-the-public beta versions of OS X -- all fine with Apple -- as long as the features aren't mentioned in public.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers believe silence is golden.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

 

Gregg Keizer got an invitation, but wasn't told about it:

Apple...followed Microsoft in opening up pre-release, or beta, versions of its personal computer operating system to all comers.

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With little fanfare on Tuesday, Apple allowed anyone, not just registered developers, to download and install a beta version...of an upcoming update to OS X Mavericks.  MORE

 

Dan Moren jumps through hoops but can't mention it:

As part of the Beta Seed Program, users can register to receive pre-release versions of OS X, starting with OS X 10.9.3.

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Joining the program does require you jump through several hoops: You have to...accept a confidentiality agreement, which prohibits you from...publicly sharing any information about pre-release software with people who are not also using the pre-release software.  MORE

 

Straight from the horse's mouth:

The OS X Beta Seed Program is available to users who are 18 or older, have signed in with their Apple ID, and have accepted the OS X Beta Seed and Confidentiality Agreement.

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Always backup your computer before installing pre-release software. To get a shipping release of OS X on your Mac, you can simply install the final version of the software you are testing when it appears in Software Update.  MORE

 

Darrell Etherington takes a chance, two weeks early:

This move comes only a few weeks ahead of Apple's WWDC developer conference, which kicks off June 2 this year. Apple is expected to reveal the next version of OS X at that event, and there's a good chance it will also release a preview build of the operating system for pre-release testing at the same time.  MORE

 

Rik Myslewsk wants you to hit him, as hard as you can:

The first rule of OS X Beta Seed Program, it appears, is you do not talk about OS X Beta Seed Program.

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[If] you should decide that you want to quit the program, Apple will release you. ... Being on Apple's QA team is going to be wonderful.

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Just don't tell anybody about it.  MORE

 

Meanwhile, Salvador Rodriguez thinks loftier thoughts:

[Apple] on Tuesday ran an Earth Day ad in numerous newspapers around the world...that challenges its competitors to adopt the same environmentally friendly policies that Apple has.

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"There are some ideas we want every company to copy," the ad reads in large letters.  MORE

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