Developers Can Download OS X Yosemite Dev Preview 1 & iOS 8 Beta 1
OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 1 and iOS 8 Beta 1 are both now available to download for users who are registered with the respective Apple Developer Programs. Additionally, Apple has offered a beta release of Xcode 6, and online documentation for the new Swift programming language that was introduced at WWDC 2014.
Though the iOS 8 beta and OS X 10.10 Dev Preview are aimed primarily at users developing solutions for the iOS and OS X platforms, technically anyone can register to be included in the Apple Developer Programs for an annual fee of $99 per OS. Due to the nature of beta releases being buggy and generally incomplete, it is generally not recommended for average users to install beta builds of software unless they have a compelling reason to do so.
Downloading OS X Yosemite Developer Preview 1
OS X Yosemite (officially versioned as OS X 10.10) is available now through the Mac Dev Center by logging in and choosing “OS X Yosemite Developer Preview”. If you’re more interested in reading about the developer relevant changes to OS X Yosemite, Apple has an informative “What’s New” page for developers.
As usual with OS X Developer Previews, the build downloads through the Mac App Store. Developers already know this but it’s worth a reminder; always back up the Mac before installing any beta software, and only install beta software on hardware that you don’t mind being less stable.
Getting iOS 8 Beta 1
iOS 8 beta 1 is immediately available from the iOS Dev Center by logging in through a developer account. The build supports almost every device that runs iOS 7, minus the iPhone 4. Those interested can also read about new developer capabilities available in iOS 8.
iOS betas require manually installing through the usage of IPSW files within iTunes. As usual, always back up any device before installing beta software.
Xcode 6 Available Too
Developers will also be interested to discover that a beta of Xcode 6 is also available with many new improvements and features. Xcode 6 beta build is also available to download from the developer center directly or alongside the iOS 8 betas and OS X Yosemite Developer Previews.
Swift Programming Language Documentation
Also of interest to developers is the new Swift programming language that was debuted at WWDC 2014. Applying to both OS X and iOS, developers and those interested can review the Swift documentation at the Developer Library online, or download Swift documents through iBooks.
For non-developers, patience is required, as OS X Yosemite is set to launch in autumn along with the fall release of iOS 8. In the meantime, casual Mac users can check out some screenshots of OS X Yosemite to get an idea of what to expect, and those who want to rewatch the WWDC 2014 presentation can do so now through Apple.com (note the Safari web browser is required for the stream to function properly).