The newest upgrade for Mac, the OS X 10.11 El Capitan was recently announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8 by Apple. This operating system will focus more on building on the features already introduced with the OS X Yosemite and will make under-the-hood developments and modifications.
El Capitan may seem like a strange name but it actually highlights Apple’s naming scheme that refers to their updates that are refinements to previous ones. In actuality, "El Capitan" is a famous rock formation found in Yosemite National Park and thus the name for the upgrade seems fitting.
“OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities – from launching apps to accessing email – are faster and more responsive.”
Improved and enhanced features
Even though El Capitan is not a huge upgrade since the last, it is still definitely a very important one. It comes with improvements for operating system usage and adds new features to essential Mac OS apps like Mail, Maps, Notes and Safari.
The addition of new features come in the form of new gestures such as swiping to delete emails, enhanced Spotlight search with windows that can be moved or resized, and an option to let you easily pin popular sites on Safari.
It will also have the option for better window-arranging features like SplitView that will help users organize OS X, and a Spaces Bar to help in easier creation and management of multiple desktops.
Another great addition is that of the Metal graphics technology that came out with iOS 8. It aims at improving detail, game performance and enhanced performance with applications that take up too much of your processor’s power. According to Apple, users can experience 50 percent faster rendering and an improved general performance.
The OS X El Capitan beta is already available for developers at the moment, but the public beta will be released for users in July.