Apple users with developer accounts have already had access to the beta of the latest operating system update, OS X El Capitan, since it was announced during June's WWDC 2015. Now, the company has released it to the public.
OS X El Capitan includes some performance improvements, such as Split View, more streamlined Mission Control, smarter Spotlight, public transit info via Maps, and games and app graphics technology Metal.
To install the latest OS X, register for Apple's beta software program. The program will also let Apple users get their hands on iOS 9 for their iPhones, iPads and iPods. But be warned: Apple suggests that you download the betas on a secondary device — meaning don't install it on your work Mac or new iPhone 6.
It's also smart to back up your current operating systems for both the desktop and mobile Apple devices in either iCloud or iTunes, since beta software is generally full of bugs and could cause a loss of data or other problems.
Those who sign up for Apple's beta program for Mac or iOS devices get a built-in Feedback Assistant app to easily report a bug they come across.
The company will continue to make updates to the softwares during this beta period.
Apple also revealed iOS 9 during WWDC 2015, with beta made available for developers that day. The new features for the iPhone and iPad's operating system include a smarter Siri, which will be able to do things like access the user's photos and connect to Safari links. The OS is said to be 40 percent faster and 40 percent more accurate than iOS 8.
Other features include the News app, the Maps app that will provide transit directions with estimated walking times in over 20 cities, and the new Wallet update (previously called Passbook), which is compatible with Apple Pay and can store credit cards and tickets.
Like El Capitan, iOS 9 on the iPad will feature a Split View feature so the two apps can be used at the same time. Users will able to watch a video while emailing in the new Picture feature.
El Capitan and iOS 9 will officially launch this fall.