The Cupertino-based company today released the OS X 10.11 El Capitan publicly, providing the much-awaited software to Mac users around the globe for free. The OS X 10.11 El Capitan has received its fair share of testing since it went through eight developer versions before the final product was launched
The tech company initially announced the OS X 10.11 El Capitan this year during June. However in the following months we have been getting little sneak peeks at the betas, all leading up to this final version. For the first time Apple opened up the El Capitan pre-release cycle to members of the public using its public Apple Beta Software Program.
OS X El Capitan can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, it is compatible with all Macs currently running, or capable of running OS X Yosemite. The operating system itself focuses on improving the functionality released with last year’s Yosemite, taking the features introduced last year and making them better.
OS X El Capitan looks similar to the OS X Yosemite, but it has a new font, San Francisco. It also introduces a new Split View feature for Mission Control, enabling two applications to be run side-by-side. Furthermore it features an improved Spotlight Search and functional increments to several individual apps for enhanced performance. Mail has received iOS-style ‘smart suggestions’ while Safari has gained pinned sites and a universal mute button.
Photos is now capable of running third-party photo editing extensions from Mac App Store apps. Maps includes Transit directions and Notes has some new features. Overall the tweaking has led to the OS and consequently the whole computer, running more smoothly with noticeable improvements in graphics rendering.
If you are worried about your device’s compatibility with the OS X 10.11 El Capitan, here’s the full list of supported computers:
iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminium, or Early 2009 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)