In an email to users who participated in the Public Beta testing of OS X Yosemite, Apple indicated that it will continue to offer the program in the future.
Here’s the complete email:
Thanks for participating in the OS X Yosemite Beta Program. As you know, OS X Yosemite brings an elegant redesign, continuity features for using your Mac, iPhone, and iPad together, and major enhancements to the apps you use every day. And it’s now available for free from the Mac App Store.
Please install the release version of OS X Yosemite. As a member of the OS X Beta Program, you will continue to be offered beta versions of OS X software updates on any Mac that you installed the beta on. However, if you prefer to stop receiving beta updates, please click here.
It’s unclear whether Apple will offer the beta version of smaller software updates to members of the program. More than likely, Apple will only continue the program for major releases. The next major update, OS X 10.11, could be announced as early as next summer.
As for Yosemite, it was officially released to the public last week after Apple’s latest media event. The free software update is available to users running OS X 10.6.8 or above.
Along with a completely redesigned UI, the software features a number of integration features with iOS 8.1, including Continuity and Handoff.
The public beta offering of Yosemite was a new program for Apple. While it was limited to the first 1 million users, Apple never announced exact figures on how many people took part.
There were separate releases of the software for developers and the public program.
For other news today, see: Apple officially launches iOS 8.1, featuring Apple Pay, Continuity and more, China could be behind a new Apple iCloud cyberattack, and Apple and Spotify are both making moves to lower the price of streaming music subscriptions.