OS X 10.10.1 Update Seed 1 Released to Developers

Nov 3, 2014 - 36 Comments

OS X 10.10.1 Update Seed 1

Apple has released the first build of OS X 10.10.1 to those registered with the Mac Developer program. Labeled as “Pre-release OS X Update Seed 10.10.1”, the build is 14B17 and is currently available to developers, as well as those signed up to be participating in the OS X Yosemite Public Beta program.


The OS X 10.10.1 seed 1 release focus areas are said to be Wi-Fi, Exchange accounts in Mail app, and Notification Center. No specific bugs or issues are mentioned, but this release could be aimed at resolving some of the wi-fi issues that have impacted some Yosemite users, and perhaps could remedy the SMTP trouble with Mail app as well.

Mac Developers and those in the Public Beta can download the update through the App Store, accessible from the  Apple menu. Note that automatic OS X system updates do not apply to Developer and Beta releases, thus the update must be installed manually.

OS X 10.10.1 Seed 1

Separately, Apple also released iOS 8.1.1 Beta 1 today for those registered in the iOS Developer Program.

There is no stated public release timeline for OS X 10.10.1, but typically OS builds go through multiple developer releases before being released to the wider public.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, News

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  1. David McDouglas says:

    Does OS X 10.10.1 have an option to change the font yet? Make it bigger? Make it readable? Make it thicker? Make it readable without hurting eyes?

    • Johhny says:

      Sounds like its time for a thicker pair of glasses!

      • David McDouglas says:

        That’s what drives me crazy Johhny, I don’t wear glasses and don’t need them, but looking at Yosemite makes it feel like I do!

        • Tom says:

          You might want to download and try TinkerTool to change the system font(s). I believe this is from a reputable source (albeit not via the Apple Store). Obviously, with the recent issue in China with tainted software, you assume any and all risk.

    • David McDouglas says:

      OK so I found out there are no usability and accessibility improvements offered in OS X 10.10.1 Beta 1, and the font is still ineligible, text elements are light grey on light grey with poor contrast, and the rest of the UI is still overexposed and a mess to look at, strongly suggesting that appropriate changes to make Yosemite usable to normal eyes will never come at all.

    • Jeff Foster says:

      Hey I’m having a weird error. I went from Mavericks to Yosemite Beta and then upgraded to the final release. Now when I try to do update 10.10.1 it starts and then ends abruptly. Any ideas?

  2. Mark says:

    Doesn’t really give confidence in all the beta testing, Yosemite had months and months of developer and public testing, yet within weeks of release there is an bug fix update on the way.

    The “It Just Works” myth of Apple products is getting funnier at every release these days.

    • Howie Isaacks says:

      Right. Apple should release new versions of OS X that are absolutely flawlessly perfect. There should be no bugs. Ever. I totally agree. They should never release bug fixes because there shouldn’t be a need to. Great idea! Here’s an idea… They should ask all of us what features we want and give us all a custom built version of OS X that is perfect, and never needs to change. I’m going to email that suggestion to Tim Cook.

      • DG says:

        They are very good ideas and I for one would like to see them come to fruition.
        Back to reality, some of the bugs just smack of amateurism. They spend all of this time introducing 200 new features every year. Get a grip man, tune what you have and tune it well. This is the single biggest reason why adoption in enterprise is slow. IT managers do not want a new OS with new bugs to destroy all of their data. Every year. On top of that they want support for a number of years, they don’t want to be told 4 years later that there will be no more support or security updates.

      • Steve says:

        Despite your over-the-top and unnecessary sarcasm, surely you would admit that something as critical as wireless connectivity (nowadays) would be reasonably bulletproof in a new version release?

        The Wi-Fi issues have been so severe for me that I had no option but to roll-back to Mavericks. Criticism of a new product for a flaw that forces some members of the user community to reverse an upgrade is in my opinion, well deserved.

      • Mark says:

        Actually they should be able to release a virtually flawless OS.
        Unlike Microsoft, they have a known and fixed hardware configuration to work to, they make billions of dollars and employ thousands of staff, and most of all THEY set the release date, they are not working to someone else’s deadline. If its not right don’t release it.

        As said, in this day and age wifi should be in the must work no matter what category of things to check before release.

      • Stuart says:

        To hope that a piece of software that roll out to as many people as this os has and there be no issues is a bit ludicrous. At the end of the day Apples cust sat ratings are through the roof so the os must be pretty decent. I can honestly say that I have never had any issues with any of my multiple apple products. EVER. the fact that I try to make sure I keep not only my software up to date but also my hardware is more than likely a key contributor to that fact. The hardware is built to work seamlessly with the software of that time. the older that machine gets the more its going to struggle with the new technologies available in the software.

      • Jeff Foster says:

        Hey I’m having a weird error. I went from Mavericks to Yosemite Beta and then upgraded to the final release. Now when I try to do update 10.10.1 it starts and then ends abruptly. Any ideas?

    • InTheory says:

      Show me a version of Windows that worked flawlessly out of the box.

      There are millions of users using a large variety of combinations of hardware and software. Even with a good beta program it’s hard to catch every bug or incompatibility. I don’t know of a single v1.0 product that worked perfectly out of the box or couldn’t do with some improvement.

      Apple also has a feedback mechanism in place and often updates are done to satisfy customer requests.

      Sometimes customers do inadvisable things. Buying an external drive and using the software supplied by the manufacturer to install the drive is a big one. Often it adds the ability to read and write to a drive formatted with NTFS. It is much simpler and less conflict prone to format the drive with the standard Mac format and delete any software that comes with the drive.

      There’s a lot of knowledge that comes from experience and it’s easy for even an old timer to do something wrong if he or she has never done it before.

    • David McDouglas says:

      The very first release of all Apple products, whether hardware or software, is always a super public beta. Never order during the first few weeks of production, and never install iOS or OS X before the first bug fix is released.

      Maybe Yosemite will be fixed eventually maybe, by OS X 10.11 Walmart, or OS X 10.12 Suburbs or whatever the next version is named.

  3. Alfonso Vicente says:

    Time machine is dead in Yosemite. I can’t do any backup since I upgrade to the new os. I also did a fresh install and that didn’t help.

    • Steve says:

      Might be a corrupt time machine? Have you tried wiping your TM drive and starting from scratch?

    • Stefano says:

      I confirm, after upgrade to Yosemite Time Machine is extremely slow, to backup 400 GB it took more than 3 days ! And it’s a common problem if you look around in the web.

  4. KSM says:

    There may be some bugs in Time Machine, but its definitely not dead. I’ve been running it without any issues. Also, I believe this would be all over the news sites it it was dead. You may want to check your backup device and connectivity.

  5. Ken says:

    My copy of Yosemite same has a bad case of amnesia. Every time it wakes from sleep it has a different name. Also, typing slows down if I try to type a lot of text in a Safari text box. I’d like to see those fixed.

    I’d like for Jony Ive to get rid of the retro-60s look, but since he is autonomous, can’t draw, it will take a long, long time.

  6. Nathan says:

    Anyone, ANYONE, who thinks that software can be released without bugs has absolutely no idea what they are talking about. It doesn’t matter how many engineers you have working on a project. There are literally millions of lines of code where errors can reside. To make things more difficult, when you fix one error, it can cause another, and so on. Narrowing down the errors can take weeks or months, even years to find and correct, if ever. Please try and educate yourself before you try and to critique other’s work. Otherwise you make yourself out to look like a fool.
    Also, Apple does not write all their code. They receive code from a variety of sources depending on the hardware they choose to integrate into their products.

  7. Jeff says:

    Maybe i’m just lucky, but I have no issues with bluetooth, wifi, exchange or mail. I have been beta testing Yosemite since the first release and but for a few minor issues in the early releases I’ve had as close to flawless as i would expect.

  8. Damon Schultz says:

    I’m a Public Beta tester, not Developer Program, and have just been offered (and ran) the 10.10.1 update.

  9. Marty J says:

    The 10.10.1 update fixed a problem I had with Mail app connection with my university’s server and getting/sending email. I was so bad at one point I gave up on Mail and had to use the Outlook Web App (dreadful!!)

  10. Andrea says:

    I am going crazy with my 13″ aluminium macbook late 2008. When back home it’s always frozen and i have to switch it off manually (killing the hard drive shortly… i fear). Did the pram reset two times, but no way. Plus the time machine backup got damaged in the meantime…. so i can’t go back to Mavericks. Very very upset.

  11. Alberto says:

    I have solved all Yosemite issues: I downgraded to Mavericks…
    Since 1984 that I use the Mac it is the first time that I do such a thing…………

    Think different folks… but think…

  12. Cerebro says:

    One issue I noted with Yosemite is that Notification settings don’t seem to be sticking after a restart (after restarting, they go back to the defaults). Does 10.10.1 fix this problem?

  13. D S says:

    Is there anything that i should be worrying about when i install this update? Such as losing the things on my hard Drive. In addition is it necessary to backup my computer before i update?

    • ormer says:

      This is a beta release, you should not install this update it is for developers and qualified beta users only.

      Always backup before installing any system update.

  14. Bob White says:

    Your article above wrote: Note that automatic OS X system updates do not apply to Developer and Beta releases, thus the update must be installed manually.

    On my machine the update had been installed when I woke the computer up this morning.

    No problems so far, but the warnings were a bit troublesome given that the installation had already happened.

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