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  • 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.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Some Apple Customers Invited to Test Pre-Release Version of Lion started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      Waiting for my invitation??
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I wouldn't mind getting an invite.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      If I get an invite to one of my emails Ill give to some one, I have a paid dev account.
    1. pastapilato2002's Avatar
      pastapilato2002 -
    1. Twimfy's Avatar
      Twimfy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      If I get an invite to one of my emails Ill give to some one, I have a paid dev account.
      Same here. Although I think it would have arrived already if I were going to get one.
    1. damoek's Avatar
      damoek -
      man... I want it...
    1. MooMoo92's Avatar
      MooMoo92 -
      It's quizzical to me as to how they would choose which customers would be appropriate to participate in the testing. If it would be more of a "luck of the draw" type thing, or if they somehow have statistics showing which customers would utilize the program more so than others to actually make the testing effective.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Psh average customers? So you mean people who listen to Kesha and check Facebook every 2 seconds? Oh yeah I'm sure they'll test out the new features really well...
    1. trolleywood's Avatar
      trolleywood -
      This is clearly an April fools joke. Jeez.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I would love to test it out myself. Can't wait for the release.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      No joke. I got an invite a few days ago. Said "We have selected you, based on a referral and/or prior participation in our program" but I think they just chose me based on how much I complained in Apple Discussions about the lack of global tones on the iPhone (they kept censoring me/deleting me). I do go back to OS 10.0.2, and was really active on the support boards until the trolls and the high post number people took over, but who knows? I'm not a dev and don't do any coding. Installed Lion after a DL from App store to a partition on an external HD and it works. Haven't done much with it yet, busy at work, but I will.

      BTW, I know what Facebook is (don't use it, let alone check it every two minutes), but what's a Kesha?
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      Nice that they're doing this
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      Quote Originally Posted by trolleywood View Post
      This is clearly an April fools joke. Jeez.
      the amount of post it took for someone to realize that is kinda sad JS
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      BTW, I know what Facebook is (don't use it, let alone check it every two minutes), but what's a Kesha?
      Touche haha. I was speaking sarcastically. Obviously the selection process is based on knowledgable users, and not some annoying high schoolers my bad.
    1. jcal08's Avatar
      jcal08 -
      you can get a preview easy... just head over to your local torrent store and get it there.
    1. submariner23's Avatar
      submariner23 -
      April fools!!!!!!!
    1. rameses09's Avatar
      rameses09 -
      I got one, but idk im still debating.
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rameses09 View Post
      I got one, but idk im still debating.
      debating what?
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      This is NOT an April Fool's joke. I got an invite, I DL'd the OS through the app store, and it's on an external HD right now. If you think it's a joke, I guess the joke's on you.

      As to Kesha, I have heard the name. Just wouldn't know her if she sang in my ear or appeared in front of me.

      I'm not sure how knowledgable you have to be. I guess enough to understand you shouldn't install it over your actual OS, but should experiment with it on a partition. If you can do that, then I guess you are knowledgeable enough. It looks nice, installed easily, you can import your stuff into it, but I don't know if it's the GM or just a WIP. I read they're pushing the due date back a few months, so probably NOT the GM. However, if they have "ordinary" people trying it out, it should be close.

      As to torrent copies, I would NEVER put a torrented OS on any of my systems. That just seems to be asking for trouble.