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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.

Adobe has already committed to adopting Metal for its OS X apps and demonstrated how Metal has improved After Effects and Illustrator. During the presentation, Federighi claimed that Adobe has confirmed it is able to deliver eight times improvement in rendering in After Effects. Illustrator also offers "flawless interaction," apparently.

Autodesk and The Foundry have also committed to using Metal and it is thought that using Metal will also drastically speed up the likes of Autodesk's Maya.

Metal for OS X is also great news if you're a Mac gamer. According to Apple, thanks to Metal, users can expect up to ten times performance improvements in games.

Major game developers have already confirmed commitment to Metal, including Unity and Blizzard, as well as Feral and Aspyr who specialize in bringing Windows games to the Mac. Thanks to the update users should see accelerate graphics in high performance games - plus games will get direct access to underlying graphics hardware.

Apple says that Metal will pave the way for "new levels of realism and detail in games and other apps." This means faster and more efficient rendering performance across the system.

Along with the performance enhancements coming in El Capitan we expect Metal to have a real impact on processor intensive work.

On the following page you can read the rumours from before WWDC - many of which may still prove to be true...

In the rest of this article we have pulled together all the rumours and speculation about what Apple is planning for the next version of OS X, along with system requirements, and some insight into the new features that Apple is said to be developing for the next version of its operating system. We'll keep adding to this article as we here more about what to expect in OS X 10.11.

There are lots of rumours flying around the web suggesting that the latest OS X update will focus mainly on stability and security, but we are hearing there will be some new features that consumers should enjoy. What we do know for sure is that the new version of OS X will be an improvement on OS X 10.10, and given the various issues that have plagued OS X Yosemite, this has to be a good thing.

What will the next OS X be called?

One of the first things people are likely to complain about is the numbering of OS X 10.11, just as last year when people got into a debate about whether a release should be numbered OS X 10.10 or if that should roll over to OS X 11, or simply OS 11, given that the X is pronounced 10, as in Roman Numerals (you'd be surprised at how few people realize this). We imagine that when Apple named the operating system OS Ten all those years ago they didn't expect to eventually be talking about OS Ten, ten dot eleven. Perhaps this is why Apple now focuses on the operating system's more friendly name, either the Californian landmark (Yosemite or Mavericks) or big cat (Lion, Snow Leopard, and so on).


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