Apple has just kicked off a so-called “test fest” whereby members of its AppleSeed software customer seeding program can help put the new AirDrop wireless file-sharing feature in OS X Yosemite through its paces.
As reported by 9to5Mac, the company has begun sending notices to AppleSeed members inviting them to participate in the test fest.
“AppleSeed and the AirDrop engineering team would like you to join us for an AirDrop Test Fest,” the notices say. “What’s a test fest? At Apple we often hold test fests when we want to focus our efforts on a new feature or enhanced function of OS X. Now we want to bring that experience to our seed participants.”
Each participant needs at least two Macs from 2012 or later for testing the new AirDrop or any older Mac for testing the legacy AirDrop. The Macs need to be running the latest seeded build of OS X Yosemite.
Participants with any of the following devices running iOS 7 or iOS 8 may also test the new AirDrop for transfers between Mac and iOS: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, fifth-generation iPod touch, fourth-generation iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini with Retina display.
The AirDrop test fest runs from today through Sunday, Sept. 28.
Participants are given instructions for the test fest though a special survey found in the Feedback Assistant app of the seeded build of OS X Yosemite. They’re encouraged by Apple to report their observations and results, discovered issues in particular, by posting them in a special forum set up for the test fest.