OS X 10.10.4 Public Beta 1 & Developer Beta 2 Released for Mac Users

Apr 27, 2015 - 26 Comments

OS X 10.10.4 beta for Mac

Apple has released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to Mac users choosing to participate in the OS X Public Beta program, alongside the second beta of OS X 10.10.4 for registered Mac Developers. The build number of 14E11f is the same for both public beta and developer releases.

The notes accompanying OS X 10.10.4 beta are not particularly descriptive, simply indicating “The OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.” No specific bugs or issues are mentioned, suggesting the update may be a broad release rather than focus on any one issue.

Mac users who are opted into the Public Beta program for OS X will find the update available within the Updates tab of the Mac App store. Developers can also find the download available in the App Store, or through the Mac Developer Center website.

OS X Yosemite Macs

As always with beta software, back up your Mac thoroughly before installing. Running beta system software is not recommended on a primary computer.

An updated version of Xcode is also available.

Separately, iOS 8.4 beta 2 and public beta 1 was released concurrently.

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  1. Michael Maher says:

    Well the fact is there is a bug with Yosemite, that Apple don’t seem to be addressing. It has to do with all the ongoing wi-fi issues.

    It is time Apple addressed this issue and stopped its loyal customers looking for work arounds.

    My mac mini won’t hold a wi-fi connection s I have connected by ethernet to an older version Airport express and that makes the wi-fi connection. It works fine but is not the solution.

    • Don says:

      OS X 10.10.3 helps wi-fi quite a bit, add a new profile and delete your old wi-fi preferences

      But yes hope 10.10.4 improves on all further, and a bold fonts option would be nice too.

      • Sébastien Gamache says:

        Sure 10.10.3 helped with wifi issue, but it brought a bigger one with the huge video instability. Since the moment I installed .3, I started to have black screen at any moment and finally I got inaccessibility to my computer for about 12h of hard work to be able to install a backup of 10.10.1. I wan’t even able to complete whatever I was trying because of the screen crashing.

    • B30 says:

      “Well the fact is there is a bug with Yosemite, …”

      Well the fact is, Yosemite IS the bug!

  2. Ferry Franken says:

    Apple produces magnificent equipment, if it only simply worked on the connectivity. Both WiFi and Bluetooth.

    And Apple increasingly pushes to wireless. With Apple wireless you will have no chance anymore.

    Would Mr Steve Jobs have been happy with the lousy performance of the email system and worse the connectivity – or rather THE non-connectivity?

    No doubt, hell would have broken loose under Jobs.

    I am now for my small company seriously considering going back to Microsoft based equipment for the simple reason of LOUSY OR NO CONNECTIVITY WITH APPLE EQUIPMENT

    • Jamison says:

      How can you say Apple produces magnificent equipment in the same thread talking about the horrid software quality of Yosemite? There is no such thing as magnificent hardware and garbage software. You buy both and BOTH must work to be magnificent. Terrible that a company with such cash would promote horrendously overpriced watches and ignore Yosemite.

    • Desmond Foulger says:

      Off you go then – you’ll be back!

  3. Doug Manley says:

    Wifi issues have gotten far worse, particularly using Safari… Lose wifi connections many times each day…

    • Jan Smith says:

      Doug.. ^^
      I agree, my wifi is constantly dropping out several times a day, since updating to Yosemite…. why oh why is this not addressed by Apple!! Never a problem previously……

      • Alan Smith says:

        I contacted Apple help who gave this fix to me.
        Many routers have duel bands, 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. For some reason the Airbook using Yosemite cannot lock onto one band because the name of both band widths are titled the same. Just change one of the band names in your router settings so the Airbook can distinguish between the two.
        This fix works with my BT HomeHub 4.

  4. Alan Smith says:

    I had this problem with my MacBook Air. I found the problem was down to my dual Band BT Router. The Airbook could not distinguish between the the two bands.

    Perhaps this fix will help others whoes router is also dual band.

    This fix was taken from the BT Website…….good luck!

    The BT Home Hub 4 and Hub 5 are dual band with two wireless frequencies for devices to connect to: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. On both Hubs, the default setting has the same network name (or SSID) for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Connecting a typical 5GHz-capable device to this single SSID will automatically connect the device to both the 2.4 and 5Ghz frequency at the same time.

    However, not all dual band devices behave the same way and some device software does not cope well with a single SSID for both frequencies.

    As a result:

    the device may not connect wirelessly to the Hub
    it may not connect to 5GHz frequency even in the same room
    the wireless connection might be intermittent
    the wireless connection might be very slow

    Devices where there are known to be problems include:

    Some Apple devices including iPhone 5 and Apple TV
    some Android smartphones
    Xbox

    For some devices you can solve this problem by having different network names (SSIDs) for the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands. To set this up, follow these steps:

    Open your web browser on a device connected to the Hub and go to bthomehub.home. This will open the Hub Manager
    Click on Advanced Settings and enter your Hub admin password when prompted. Unless you’ve changed it, you’ll find the default Hub password on the Hub settings card
    Click on Continue to Advanced Settings
    Click on Wireless
    Click on 5GHz
    Change ‘Sync with 2.4 Ghz’ to No
    Change the ‘Wireless SSID’ to a new name (we recommend just adding ‘5GHz’ to the end of the existing SSID name so you’ll know which one is which)
    Click Apply to save the changes

    After a few minutes you should see two BT Home Hub SSIDs in the list of networks on your device. All of your devices will still automatically connect to the original SSID name, which will be the 2.4GHz.

    If you have existing dual band devices you want to connect to 5GHz only, you’ll need to connect them to the 5GHz SSID that you’ve renamed.

    Note- Even though wireless speeds at 5GHz can be significantly faster than 2.4GHz, the range of a 5GHz connection is not as good. As a result, you may need your device closer to your Hub (than you’d need to when using the 2.4GHz SSID) to get the best performance possible.

    • Robert says:

      Does this hit any particular class of device? I have had zero wi-fi issues (knock on wood) with my iMac.

      • Alan Smith says:

        The problem I was having was my brand new Airbook using Yosemite. Strangely my 2010 imac using the same OS was unaffected with wifi issues.

  5. Kim Marshall says:

    The “wifi: looking for network..”. in Yosemite 10.10.3 is making it impossible for me to down load updates to Kaspersky, everytime Yosemite goes to “wifi: looking for network..” the database download stops, sooner or later the download fails.

    I’ve tried messing around with the facetime but my cellular was never turned on, I’m considering updating to 10.10.4

    Any suggestions for 10103?

  6. Charlie says:

    I have zero WiFi issues with 10.10.3 on either of my MBPro’s ’09 and ’12. Honestly I have never had WiFi issues with them.

    • Erick says:

      Try using Wake on LAN or WiFi using iTunes Home Sharing. Let your Mac sleep. After a few times it won’t wake up when Apple TV or ARD tries to access it.

      • Rudi says:

        At least on my site never an issue with Yosemite connectivity, sorry! (MBPro ret, 2xiMac 27, iPhone 5s, iPad, Apple-TV, Fritzbox 7390 and FritzRepeater, configured with 2.4 GHz only)

    • INDC says:

      I have a MBP 2014 and can vouch that the wifi connectivity problems continue in 10.10.3. In fact, Apple’s wifi has always been rather glitchy in their laptops (had Apple laptops since 2005). Shoddy specs or shoddy coding -either it’s frustrating as I’ve spent quite a bit money on Apple products. I wish they could get it right, but at this point I’m gonna start looking at alternatives to Apple stuff. The focus on quality just doesn’t seem to be there anymore.

  7. mark says:

    Lets be honest it’s not just Yosemite that has veery poor wifi ALL apple products do.
    My 2009 mavericks running iMac can only find about half the wifi signals as my windows based laptop from the same location, and my iPad is half the iMac.

    Apple are more interested in releasing new OS by date than by when they work. There is obviously a released date calendar in Tim Cook office and the next OS comes out on that day working or not.

  8. Paul says:

    Apple is Junk these days, pure and simple. They just got too big for their boots. Yosemite is a total disaster, IMO. It has made my computers, at times, unusable and it has taught me to never, ever upgrade the operating system again. It goes so well with my £3K Apple Macbook Pro Retina with it’s Ghosted Screen with peeling AR coating.

  9. Dodge 2075 says:

    You all seem so unlucky, or perhaps we only hear about the problems. I have had no issues at all with Yosemite or wi-fi. Currently 3x iMacs, 2 x Mac book pros, 1x Mac book, 2 I pads and 3 iPhone. All apple airport, AirPort Extreme work perfectly never miss a beat.

    Perhaps I’m doing something wrong?

    • delixf says:

      Agreed. Have not had any Wifi issues in a lab with 15 iMacs and various laptops all running Yosemite and connecting to a Time Capsule.

      I have however had some issues with Yosemite x Adobe CS6.

  10. Pascal says:

    I also can’t accept the argument that Apple Mac OSX Yosemite iOS quality has slipped.

    I have 2 late 2008 MacBooks, 2015 Retina MBP, 2 iPad 2, 2 iPhone 5, Airport Extreme, Airport Express (used for streaming music 24/7). Heavy usage day after day. Zero wifi problems. Apple wireless KB and TP. Zero BT problems.

    Also have Windows and Linux virtual machines running on one of my OSX machines. Zero connectivity problems.

    As Dodge 2075 says, I must be doing something wrong!

  11. Lobo says:

    I bought a new MBP 15inch retina mid 2014, And I had the “stupid” idea to make an update like app store encourages you to do it with those annoying Notifications.

    Since I made it, I had a lot of issues, problems, extrange behavior (I can just connect internet , only if I put the laptop almost over the router for example). I tried 10.10.1, 10.10.2, 10.10.3, 10.10.4 beta1 and finally 10.10.4 beta2 for developers. A lots of tips in internet forums. Always the same Wifi problem. I re-installed yosemite 10.10. Now I have not problems with wifi performance but I cannot see any network device. I will wait until Apple find a really solution for this Hyper bug.

  12. Desmond Foulger says:

    Many issues can be solved by a little housekeeping. Apple aficionados have been so used to expecting OS’s to just “work”. As the demands of an OS increase in complexity its obvious that issues will arise. My simple fix, which has worked for me on many different Mac models is BEFORE updating any OS X software, repair disk permissions first. I prefer to use terminal sudo diskutil repairPermissions / . I’ve never had an issue since adopting this policy. Obviously before painting the kitchen its good policy to make sure everything is prepared and cleaned before starting the task. Try it – you will have success.

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