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Apple may open OS X Yosemite's beta gates to all later this month

OS X Yosemite
Yosemite, open to the public?
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Apple isn't in the habit of releasing public betas of new OS versions. In fact, it's been over a decade since it has.

But that changes with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, which will enter public beta this month, reports 9to5Mac.

The public will gain access to a beta build of Apple's latest OS X overhaul by the end of July, with the fourth version of the developer preview arriving today, sources told the site. (Update: OS X Yosemite Preview 4 did arrive to developers after we first posted this story.)

Apple previously said a public preview of Yosemite would take place by the end of summer.

Plans change

The same sources told the site that a new developer preview of iOS 8 will arrive today as well, though the report is tempered with a warning that "these plans are fluid" and might change. (Update: It did indeed arrive to developers).

Because plans could change, the OS X Yosemite public beta might be pushed back to early August because Apple reportedly wants to make sure the OS is ready for the mass consumption.

Yosemite brings a number of changes to OS X, including interface tweaks, better Spotlight search, increased iOS synchronization, and improvements to various apps.

The completed version of OS X Yosemite is scheduled to arrive this fall.