OS X 10.10.2 Beta 3 Available to Mac Developers with Focus on Wi-Fi & Mail

Dec 12, 2014 - 32 Comments

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Apple has released a third beta version of OS X 10.10.2 to Mac users who are registered with the Macintosh Developer program. The new beta build of 14C81f apparently focuses on several issues where some OS X Yosemite users have experienced ongoing problems with the new Mac operating system, including Wi-Fi, Mail, and VoiceOver.


The update, officially called “Pre-Release OS X Update Seed 10.10.2 (14C81f)”, is available now in the Mac App Store software update mechanism for all users participating with the Mac Developer program.

Mac Developer builds are separate from OS X Public Beta builds. It’s unlikely that the OS X 10.10.2 pre-release build will be available to Public Beta users, but if it is you would want to be sure to not have opted out of the beta software updates release schedule to find it.

Though OS X Yosemite has worked fine for most Mac users, a notable number have experienced frustrating issues with wireless connectivity and frequent wi-fi connection problems even with OS X 10.10.1. Additionally, a fair amount of OS X Yosemite users have experienced trouble with Mail app and SMTP connections. We have offered a variety of troubleshooting solutions to these problems before, but from the sounds of it, OS X 10.10.2 may finally resolve these issues once and for all for Yosemite users.

There is no publicly known timeline for a wider public release of OS X 10.10.2, but developer builds of OS X and iOS usually go through several beta releases before becoming widely available to the public. This could suggest that OS X 10.10.2 may debut to the public within the next coming weeks.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, News

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  1. David McDouglas says:

    Oh goody, a new Yosemite developer beta 3 pre-release beta build this or that for the terrible OS X Yosemite Public Beta that Apple dumped on unwitting customers. To summarize, OS X 10.10.2 is what OS X 10.10 should have been when it shipped if Apple had a Quality Assurance division actually testing their software, or if Apple had actually paid attention to the million Public Beta users submitting bug reports? I mean, I know a handful of engineers who participated, sent bug reports, and never heard anything back, so it probably all went into someones toilet? So we’ll get OS X 10.10.2 soon for a public beta test, and that assumes it even works. Now, considering 10.10.1 did absolutely nothing, and that Apple just released and pulled and re-released a minor DOA Safari update, I have very low confidence in any software coming out of the company at this point. You can bet your buck I’ll avoid it for a few weeks.

    And is there an OS X BOLD FONTS option yet so that we can actually read the font without squinting? Because Helvetica Neue looks absolutely headache inducing dreadful on my Mac screen, and there is no way I am spending $3000 on a Retina Mac anytime soon with how buggy and ugly OS X Yosemite is in current form.

    As you can tell I am thoroughly annoyed with OS X Yosemite and with Apple having a very nonchalant attitude towards what used to be a stable and reliable operating system experience. At the moment, the versions of OS X are no better than Windows, you have to spend hours per day troubleshooting basic things like EMAIL and WIRELESS INTERNET as if it was some junked up Windows 95 PC that had just discovered we’re in the 21st century.

    Apple, get it together, you’re losing your image here.

    • Josh says:

      Wow… Whinge much???

      You only get the beta versions if you WILLINGLY signed up to the program – don’t want them sign out.

      I’ve been in the beta drop day one and reported bugs, and was actually surprised to find they were addressed appropriately (they were very widely felt problems) and since later versions of the beta have suffered no problems and have found it very stable.

      My MBP is 2010 and I have no problems with the font or ‘blurryness’ and I even have stigmatism.

      Considering the amount of different hardware revisions they are now supporting (instead of dropping off earlier models) it’s not surprising there are little bugs to be squashed.

      And the amount of updates on OSX are so small in comparison to windows.. Which update on a near daily basis.

      You are however free to move to windows, no one is stopping you.. Just make sure you pack a lunch and free up your schedule, the amount of updates and fixes take awhile..

      • Josh says:

        Haha ‘from’ not drop…

      • Amacus Rex says:

        Hey here’s a big hint that OS X Yosemite is actually FULL OF PROBLEMS: APPLE is releasing beta builds focusing on those problems.

        If the problems didn’t exist all over the place in OS X Yosemite, what would Apple be fixing?

        Lay off the koolaid, people.

    • Kevin says:

      I think you should speak for yourself. Yosemite is a breath of fresh air, and I’ve had no issues with it, running on a 2009 MB Pro. So whatever it is you’re not happy with, may I suggest you get over it or move to another platform (good luck with that). Linux runs like beta software, and windows is just crap. Enjoy.

    • Mike F says:

      Yes! I agree that Yosemite has been way too buggy for a public release and has felt more like a beta. This is the first time in 10 years as a Mac user that I have every experienced issues with the operating system. I have tried at least a dozen fixes from many message boards, spent many hours troubleshooting as you mention, and nothing has fixed it. I finally tried a clean install of the OS today and the WiFi started dropping a minute after. I finally gave up on it and am reverting to Mavericks.

    • Ed Gonzalez says:

      Posts like this really make me cringe…

      “Apple, get it together, you’re losing your image here.”

      I’d love to know what keeps making people say things like this.

      Also the public beta was completely optional.

    • Raven says:

      Seriously, Yosemite is not the problem child everyone is making it out to be. I’m one of the public beta testers. I can count the bugs I’ve experienced on one hand, and none of them are show stoppers.

      I’m on an early 2009 24” iMac. I’ve had no Wi-Fi problems, no performance problems, and the only problem with Mail is some conversations get grouped together from different senders.

      I was expecting more issues, but in fact I had submitted more bug reports with the Mavericks public betas.

  2. Mike F says:

    One more, to the author: I hope you will be reporting on the results of this release. I don’t want to waste any more time updating and reverting to backups with this OS, and I know you guys will do a good job of letting us know what the consensus is.

  3. Jeff says:

    I just love how “Windows is bad” and “What image is Apple losing?”. Are you completely insane or a brainless iSheep?

    Yosemite is a MESS and it HAS diminished Apple’s image that previously enabled customers to pay way more for their hardware and software. Not today.

    Keep apologizing for the plethora of bugs. Insanity rules among the iSheep.

  4. Christian Torres Franklin says:

    They have to focus in all Yosemite… too laggy.

  5. I’m very much forward to 10.10.2 and will likely take the opportunity to upgrade from Mavericks. I have stayed my hand thus far more from the fact that for the past couple of months I’ve been engaged on work that I didn’t want to risk disrupting. I’ve been following with interest the reports of Yosemite and the problems with WiFi that some users report; interestingly enough I have been experiencing WiFi connectivity problems over the last few months that I didn’t have before. The main concern I have with upgrading to Yosemite is that the MySQL database which I installed earlier this year will carry on working, as I recall some MySQL users experiencing difficulty when upgrading to Mavericks from Mountain Lion.

    Yes, it’s a pity that Apple can’t get it right first time, but on the other hand these successive OSX releases are of ever growing complexity and there are more and more hardware options for which to cater.

  6. day says:

    Better apple has flush YOSEMITE

  7. HateYosemite says:

    will this version will solve the battery problem?

  8. Ian says:

    I purchased my first iMac in August and as a new Mac user was delighted, no issues, so I thought I would migrate everything from my Windows desktop. What a mistake, along came Yosemite and now crash after crash. Of course it could be that people like Adobe haven’t come to terms with Yosrmite, but I doubt that is the case, Apple just seem to have lost their way on this one and some iOS updates. Perhaps a key person in the development chain has been changed, or their quality testing procedures altered, only Apple know. Whatever the problem someone please tell me where I can get a copy of Mavericks for iMac, download and install. Thanks for your time.

    • Francesco says:

      if you did purchase your imac on august i assume it didn’t come with yosemite, so you can follow this procedure to reinstall the original operative system with the internet recovery, it is the solution i used to downgrade to mavericks my mba 2013, it installed mountain lion and then i upgraded to mavericks, you won’t have to do the latter step:

      http://osxdaily.com/2014/10/22/downgrade-os-x-yosemite-to-mavericks/

      (Be sure to follow the instruction for the internet recovery and not the recovery system, le latter will just reinstall yosemite)

      • Nim says:

        Internet Recovery and System Recovery will both install whatever OS X version came with the Mac or that is currently installed on the Mac. So if the Mac came with OS X Yosemite, you’re stuck with OS X Yosemite unless you can find an OS X Mavericks installer somewhere. Keep in mind the newest Macs will not work with OS X Mavericks too, because the new hardware is not supported in the old versions.

      • Ian says:

        Thanks Francesco, I’ll give that a go and hopefully be back on track. until Yosemite bugs are truly sorted I’ll stick with Mavericks.

  9. Wil_H says:

    I updated two machines to 10.10.1 and have had NO PROBLEMS what so ever! I do not understand how people can make sweeping claims about Yosemite being terrible when the VAST MAJORITY of users are having ZERO issues.
    Grow up people.

    • Jeff says:

      The type of retarded thinking is how companies lose market share you complete simpleton. Tens of thousands of people with issues is SIGNIFICANT. Keep drinking the iKoolaid.

    • David McDouglas says:

      Take your own advice. The reality is OS X Yosemite is the most buggy and unusable Mac software released in over a decade (I realize that a decade is quite possibly older than you are given your attitude). Just because YOU personally don’t have a problem you should count yourself lucky rather than discount others who DO have problems. The Apple discussion forums are swamped with thousands and thousands of people with problems, do you think they should all “grow up” too? The next time you have any sort of problem or trouble with anything in life, you should tell yourself to “grow up”. Car battery went out? Grow up. Got the flu? Grow up. Got a headache? Grow up. A software update makes your computer useless? Grow up. Feel compelled to leave an arrogant and clueless comment on the internet? Nah, just grow up.

      • Cliff says:

        David, you are absolutely correct. I just love the moronic comments that “it works for me so it is not buggy”. Insanity. This is a horrid release and you just have to surf the ‘net and see this FACT. Apple has lost its way making shinier, smaller, and thinner products and forgetting about how they are really used. There is NO excuse for releasing an operating system on machines that many people make their living where WiFi and Mail, to name just a few, do not work.

        Tim Cook should be ashamed of himself but he’s too busy making a shiny watch thinking about they can gouge people for $600+

    • Ian says:

      Wel. Lucky you on two counts, 1 – you don’t have any issues with Yosemite and 2- you have enough time on your hands to be able to speak to the thousands of know of Yosemite user you know to ascertain they have no problems with it.

    • Amacus Rex says:

      So why do you think Apple is releasing bug updates with no new features if there are no problems with OS X Yosemite? HMM!! tough one!

  10. adam says:

    tested all beta, installed this one this morning.
    RAS

  11. bruce says:

    Does it solve the overlarge open/save dialog problem? That, in particular, is a show stopper preventing me from upgrading.

  12. Mario says:

    Prevision for the future:
    OS X 10.10.15 Beta 8 Available to Mac Developers with Focus on Wi-Fi & Mail……

    • Totally Fed Up says:

      They’ll hit OS X 10.11 just fixing Wi-Fi, the followup to Yosemite should probably just be called OS X Wi-Fi (assuming they finally get it to work after another year of breaking things, don’t count on it)

      How hard is to it just roll back some wireless networking drivers? Wireless etc things worked fine prior to OS X Yosemite, so maybe just copy those kexts and update them to Yosemite? Naaaaah, we’re too busy releasing sappy holiday ads so you can buy more stuff that won’t work after the next system update!!

  13. Tim says:

    It seems odd to me, with any operating system really, that they spend the better part of a year working out bugs to finally get a system that works well. Then they immediately abandon that for something new that needs a year’s worth of debugging. What was the point? It’s like spending a year to get your car working, and once it’s working, you immediately trade it in for another car that needs repair.

  14. Luis says:

    It took me one hour to roll back to the 14B25 beta: movie players don’t work; Finder show an empty window if you try to open a file from an app; Safari is unable to load videos and images…

  15. Yanko says:

    Ok, I Love Apple. Have been using Apple products since..a lot, and always been happy with them. Then, Yosemite came out and everything changed. Wifi issues, bluetooth issues…Im loosing time and money because I cant work online most of the time, because of that.
    Apple HAVE TO fix this SOON.. its no tolerable that a company like Apple release such a crap software, full of bugs, and still after more than 2 month from the release date, the issues still persist.
    WAKE UP APPLE!!!..or face the consequences.

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