Apple Opens OS X Beta Testing To All Mac Users For Free

Apple has introduced a new OS X beta program through which non-developers can download OS X betas before they are available to the public.

Apple puts it thusly:

“The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better.”
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This time Apple has opened up this opportunity to everyone, unlike the earlier times, where only developers who pay $99 a year had access to the beta versions of the latest OS X releases. But now, the users can apply to join the beta program on Apple's new Appleseed Beta website; all you need is an Apple ID to sign up here.

Once signed up, users can test out the Mavericks pre-release builds, and then submit their general feedback to Apple to help it out with the damages, before the general launch. But Apple requires you to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prior to participation, which prevents users from disclosing, publishing, or disseminating confidential information to anyone.

Apple urges to maintain a backup before downloading a special Beta Access Utility App that allows a Mac to be enrolled for the beta software updates. All the updates will be delivered via the Mac App Store, similar to the standard OS X updates.

This move comes merely a few weeks ahead of Apple’s WWDC developer conference. So it’ll be interesting to see Apple’s next version of OS X at that event. In any case, if you’re interested in participating, head on over to the OS X Beta Seed program page for the details.