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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan release date and new features

Karen Haslam | Aug. 20, 2015
If you are already convinced you want to run El Capitan and are wondering just how quickly you can get you hands on it you will be glad to hear that you won’t be waiting for long - in fact if you aren't risk averse you can get it now.

If you are already convinced you want to run El Capitan and are wondering just how quickly you can get you hands on it you will be glad to hear that you won’t be waiting for long - in fact if you aren't risk averse you can get it now.

During the WWDC keynote on 8 June 2015 we learned something of what we can expect from OS X 10.11, the latest version of OS X that will succeed Yosemite. Apple previewed the new version of the Mac operating system alongside iOS 9 at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday 8 June.

Now we can reveal even more aboout OS X El Capitan because the Public Beta has finally arrived. Find out how to install the beta version of the software, and whether you should, below.

OS X El Capitan feature summary

Apple has confirmed that the new version of OS X will build on the strengths of Yosemite with "real refinements." What that really means is that with this release Apple is focusing on performance and introducing only a handful of new features.

That's not to say that there are no new features for Mac users to enjoy. There will be tweaks to the interface, new full-screen views, changes to the way you arrange all the windows on your desktop, a smarter Spotlight that can recognize natural language (and be moved around your desktop), and changes to the Mail, Safari, Notes and Photos apps.

Our favourite new feature might just be the new way to find your cursor - just shake your mouse, or wiggle your finger on the trackpad, as we all do, but doing so will now make the curser grow in size momentarily.

The performance improvements will mean that your Mac should feel faster, for example, opening your first email message will be two times faster, according to Apple, and PDFs will open four times faster.

That's a very quick summary of what to expect from OS X El Capitan. In this article we will look more closely at all of the new features and also how you can get hold of the beta of El Capitan now.

OS X El Capitan release date and how to get the OS X update now

If you are already convinced you want to run El Capitan and are wondering just how quickly you can get you hands on it you will be glad to hear that you won't be waiting for long - in fact if you aren't risk averse you can get it now.

OS X El Capitan will launch in the autumn and when it does it will be a free download from the Mac App Store. However, there are a couple of ways to get hold of El Capitan even sooner than that.

 

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