Do I need to update to OS X Yosemite public release from GM Candidate 3 or Public Beta 6?

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If you are currently running either OS X Yosemite Golden Master Release Candidate 3 or Public Beta 6 and wondering how to upgrade to the final release seeded to the public on Thursday afternoon, the answer is that you are already running it. That’s right: Apple considers both pre-release software versions to be equivalent to the final version of OS X Yosemite released on the Mac App Store a matter of hours ago.

The only difference between the latest golden master release candidate for developers and public beta of OS X Yosemite versus the final version is a minor change in build numbers. If technically not being on the most recent version still gets on your nerves, you could still proceed with downloading the OS X Yosemite installer from the Mac App Store and wait a few hours as the large update completes downloading.

The more sound advice would be to wait until Apple releases its first minor point update for OS X Yosemite through Software Update on the Mac App Store. For instance, if and when Apple releases OS X 10.10.1, you will be able to upgrade from the golden master release candidate or public release version you are running and go right to the same build as other Mac users — even though you technically already are.

Of course, if you are running an older release candidate or public beta of OS X Yosemite, it is highly recommended that you install the final version from the Mac App Store. OS X Yosemite is a free software update that takes a few hours on average to fully download and install, but the new features are certainly worth it. The entire user interface has been redesigned, with new features for Safari, Mail, Notification Center and more.

If you have updated to OS X Yosemite, drop us a line in the comments with your first impressions.

[via iMore]