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Apple seeds OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM Candidate 3 to developers

After releasing a second build of its OS X 10.10 Yosemite GM candidate earlier this week, Apple on Thursday issued a third seed to developers for testing ahead of an expected release later this month.

Apple's latest OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 3, dubbed build 14A388a, comes a little over one week after the company released an initial golden master candidate and just two days following a second seed on Tuesday.

Apple first issued its Yosemite Developer Preview in June and has since released a total of eight developer versions and five public betas. The company is expected to release a final public version at an upcoming special event scheduled for Oct. 16.

OS X 10.10 Yosemite promises support for Continuity and AirDrop features, which allow owners of devices running iOS 8 to perform cross-platform operations like creating ad-hoc data connections for transporting files, routing iPhone voice calls through a Mac and continuing in-app functions across devices. The next-gen operating system also incorporates a "flat" iOS-style user interface and other graphical tweaks.

Developers can download the latest OS X Yosemite build from Apple's Mac Dev Center or through the Mac App Store's Software Update mechanism.