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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.

It is thought that these controls will move from Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac's display.

Finder in OS 10.11

We don't expect the Finder-based file system to change in the next version of OS X, however, we have one request: when viewing Finder in column view it would be ideal if we could change the width so we can read a whole file name without having to switch to the list view.

Spotlight in OS X 10.11

Speaking of Spotlight, there have been many calls for the Spotlight window to not be locked to the middle of the screen. Currently the Spotlight search window appears in the centre of the screen when you click on the magnifying glass in the top right corner, or press cmd + space bar, this tends to mean it is always in the way, apart from when you actually need the data you have searched for, because as soon as you click away from the Spotlight window it will disappear. Anyone who has used Spotlight to convert currency will know the frustration of having to memorise the result when you click back into the app you required the data for.

New Force Touch gestures in OS X 10.11

We expect to see a number of new features that will benefit those with a Force Touch enabled Mac, there may also be an SDK released that will allow third-party developers to add Force Touch features to their apps. 

iOS features in OS X 10.11

Following are some features that first made an appearance in iOS and are expected to make their way to OS X, or have already arrived on OS X but are expected to be improved in the next iteration of the Mac operating system.

Siri in OS X 10.11

Now that Microsoft has added Cortana into Windows 10 there are calls for Apple to do the same and add Siri to OS X. Siri could be used to set reminders, for example, or add calendar appointments, or it could notify the user about incoming emails. However, we wonder how useful Siri on the Mac would be in a noisy office environment, and whether people really use Siri on the iPhone, other than to set timers.

Handoff in OS X 10.11

Currently Handoff in Yosemite lets users start something on their iPhone or iPad and then hand it over to their Mac. This could be an email, or it could be a webpage you are browsing in Safari. 

Now Mac users are calling for more apps to work with Handoff. iTunes, for example, is just crying out for Handoff integration so that you could switch from listening to your tunes on your iPhone to your Mac mid song. This same integration could potentially allow a movie to be handed off from the Apple TV to an iPad to watch on the go.


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