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Apple rolls out iOS 7 beta to Cupertino locals, OS X Mavericks beta to retail staff

Ashleigh Allsopp | June 24, 2013
Apple is busy getting feedback on its new mobile and Mac operating systems, which are set to be released later this year.

Apple has reportedly begun seeding the beta version of OS X 10.9 Mavericks to its Apple Retail employees, and is also expanding testing of iOS 7 to Cupertino locals in order to get feedback on the design and interface changes.

9To5Mac reports that select Genius Bar and on-floor Apple employees have received an invitation to participate in the pre-release OS X Mavericks seed program.

"Participation, including submitting feedback, is completely voluntary and not an expectation of your job," the message reads. "If you accept, we will provide you with a pre-release version of OS X Mavericks to install and use. You will get to preview all of the new features like iBooks, Maps, Calendar, Safari, iCloud Keychain, Multiple Displays, Notifications, Finder Tabs, Tags and much more."

In addition to enabling Apple to get feedback on OS X Mavericks, it will also allow staff at Apple Stores to familiarise themselves with the new software before it launches later this year.

Sources have also told 9To5Mac that Apple is expanding testing of iOS 7, by holding on campus sessions with Cupertino locals. These locals could be family members of Apple employees, it has been suggested.

iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks were first previewed at WWDC on 10 June, with all-new features and, for iOS 7, a completely redesigned user interface.


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