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I did sign up for Apple's Public Beta program but was too late and missed out on the Developer Preview as they were offered to only the first one million sign-ups. Anyway, today I just managed to grab a copy off a torrent site and it's now lying on my computer.

Now before I proceed to install it, I would like to know what happens to me when Apple releases future beta updates. Will I be able to just update my OS as a regular copy or will I again need to search for and download an updated copy off the torrent? What happens when Apple finally releases the official copy come fall? Will I be able to just hit the Software Update option in the Apple menu and get it done or will I have to download the whole shebang all over again?

P.S. I understand there are risks involved with installing Dev Previews and am not worried about them. Thanks.

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These are questions that can't really be answered until after it happens. They are the risks that you take when doing what you describe. You can look at past examples of what Apple has done or find people who did the same as what you want to do now with previous versions, however none of that will be fact as we just don't know what Apple will do this time around until they do it.

As you mentioned, this is the Developer's preview. If you're not a developer then you shouldn't be installing it -- but you don't need me to tell you that. As for the public beta program, I think you misunderstood it, or else I did. I understood it as the first million did not get access to the developer preview version, but will get access to the public beta version when it is released later during the summer.

This would make sense as I'm sure they don't want to give a million essentially consumers access to the first developer release until after the developers have had some time to review and the first few batches of bugs get worked out. Once it's a little more stable and tested, then they will give out access to the public beta.

A few quotes from the beta site:

The beta program is limited to the first million, not the first million get the developer's preview:

Join the OS X Beta Program and help make the next release of OS X our best yet. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback. The program is limited to the first one million people who sign up, so join today.

The beta will only become available at a later date, not now:

OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac users. Sign up today, and the beta software will be available for you to install soon.

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  • I'm a paying iOS Developer, and an OS X Beta tester - and I have got access to the Preview version, which I shouldn't have if I read what you just wrote :) Jun 14, 2014 at 8:40

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