Alongside the release of iOS 8.1 beta 2, Apple on Tuesday also released OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2 to developers; if you're a beta tester, you'll get an update to Public Beta 5. We're expecting Apple to hold an event later this month, where the company is expected to unveil the date when Mac users can download the free update (among other things). Until then, today's software update paves the way for Yosemite's long-awaited release.

Today's update, which is relatively small in terms of size, can be grabbed either from the Mac App Store or through Apple's Mac Dev Center. In the App Store, the description merely says the update is recommended for all users, which is just another way to say it'll introduce the usual bug fixes and enhancements. If/when we track down a changelog, we'll be sure to update the post.

Yosemite, of course, introduces a flatter and more modern look to Apple's famous desktop software. The core apps have been improved, Spotlight is now useful, and there's a new feature called Continuity, which makes your computer play nicer with iOS 8.1. GM Candidate 2 might not be the very final build, but as we head toward Apple's rumored Oct. 16 event, we're sure getting close.