Some Apple Customers Invited to Test Pre-Release Version of Lion
Select Apple customers are currently receiving invitations to participate in Apple's software seeding project. This program is designed to give average users a chance to try out a pre-release version of Mac OS X Lion
. Customers who participate in the testing program are required to sign confidentiality agreements prior to receiving the software.
This program is being used to help Apple test the upcoming release of Mac OS X Lion. Apple customers who participate in the program will not receive any compensation for their troubles, however, they will have access to Lion before it is released to general public. Apple hopes to test new features and perform early compatibility testing in a variety of computing environments so that engineers can iron out any problems before the final product ships.
Although Apple suggests users participating the program use this software for their daily computing needs, they also do not recommend using this version of Lion for critical computing tasks. Users will have access to special forums so they can discuss any problems that may arise while using this software.
If you're looking to sign up for this program to get your hands on Apple's latest and greatest version of Mac OS X, but you're not a developer, unfortunately you are out of luck. The only way to get in on this program is to receive an invitation from Apple directly. It's currently unknown just how many customers have been invited to participate in this program. All I know is that I wasn't one of them.