Casual Mac users don’t really care to join OS X’s Developer program, which can set you back $99 a year. Neither are they interested in Beta versions or have that kind of money to spend on something they know they won’t be using. However, Apple has now introduced a new OS X Beta Seed Program, in which users can download and test new beta versions of OS X, by simply signing up with an Apple ID. The best part? It’s entirely free.
This free status of that OS X Beta Seed Program will potentially mean that many developers may uptake the pre-release versions of OS X. This way, a lot of bugs and mistakes can be easily ironed out with some feedback, and in truth, this should benefit both Apple and the consumer. Apple has finally realised that charging a fee for pre-release versions of the final free GM isn’t quite right, and for us, the move to introduce the Beta Seed Program is inarguably a step in the right direction.
So, if you want to get involved, follow the simple steps below:
1. Open this link and click on “Join now”. Enter your Apple ID credentials and make a new account.
2. Once entered, agree to the “Terms and Conditions.”
3. Now simply, click on the “Download Beta Access Utility” link to download a package file, which will enroll your Mac for Beta Software Updates.
Once you’re signed up, any pre-release beta builds or updates will be seen through the Mac App Store. Rumours are that Apple will be revamping its OS X interface this year at WWDC, and if they indeed do introduce a iOS 7-style OS X design, we think many users will enroll to try the beta version.