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Apple's OS X Yosemite is nearly finished

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First golden master suggests the big update is close to being done

While Microsoft was busy taking the wraps off Windows 10, the next major version of its operating system, Apple released a final candidate for its next desktop OS update. Apple's given developers the first "golden master candidate" for OS X Yosemite, a sign the company is close to wrapping up development before making it available to the public. Yosemite was introduced back at Apple's developer conference in June, and has undergone testing from both developers and the public as part of a beta program. The golden master is typically the same version that goes out to people through the updater in the Mac App Store, though the "candidate" moniker means there are likely still bugs left to be squashed.

Along with that update for developers, Apple also released an additional version to participants of the public beta program, which was opened up to about one million people back in July.

OS X 10.10, or Yosemite, brings a major design overhaul to Apple's desktop OS that makes it look a lot more like iOS 7 and 8. The software adds a new feature called Continuity that lets you swap tasks you're doing between those two platforms, and even take phone calls from an iPhone on a Mac or iPad. Apple's also made considerable changes to its Spotlight search tool, Safari, Mail, and in how files are shared and managed between iOS and OS X using iCloud. Apple's said it plans to release it in the "fall," which is very likely to coincide with the event the company's rumored to be holding next month.