But there's also a possible risk to Apple by releasing an early build to the general public.
If the beta is not as stable as Apple thinks, and lots of users run into problems -- and the developer preview that shipped Monday is far from problem-free, according to reports -- Apple may come under fire. Many users, trained by a constant barrage of betas over the past years by companies that regularly issue works in progress -- Google comes to mind, but Microsoft has also been a big believer in the power of previews -- simply don't make a distinction between what's finished and what's not. That could lead to grousing and grumbling even while defenders remind everyone that a beta is a beta for a reason.
Mac users who want to try the public beta must register on Apple's website.
Apple is still taking requests for the upcoming public beta of OS X Yosemite. (Image: Apple)
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