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    OS X El Capitan

    Good news: Even 8-year-old Macs can run the latest version of OS X






    Apple on Monday unveiled OS X El Capitan, its next major update for Macs. The OS brings several performance improvements and new features to the desktop, and Mac users will be able to install it on MacBooks, iMacs and other OS X computers as soon as this summer when the first OS X 10.11 beta will be released. But what are the system requirements for running El Capitan?

    Unsurprisingly, the same laptops and desktops that are on Yosemite now will be able to run El Capitan when it arrives this summer (beta version) or fall (final software release).

    The list of El Capitan compatible Macs includes the following models:

    iMac (Mid-2007 or newer)
    MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or newer)
    MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or newer), (15-inch, Mid / Late 2007 or newer), (17-inch, Late 2007 or newer)
    MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
    Xserve (Early 2009)

    When it comes to system requirements, the blog says that the better the hardware, the smoother the experience users should get. As long as your Mac has a 64-bit CPU, you should be able to run El Capitan, OS X Daily says, adding that “beyond that, the requirements are pretty soft and forgiving.”

    However, Apple is focusing this year on making OS X run even smoother on older devices than previous releases, just like it does with iOS 9 for iPhones and iPads.





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    OS X El Capitan





    Read all about OS X El Capitan HERE
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    Get the OS X El Capitan Default Wallpaper



    OS X El Capitan will be finalized and available for public use in the fall, but you don’t need to be wait until then or use the developer beta release if you just want to get your hands on the gorgeous wallpaper of the namesake granite monolith (and yes, that’s where the name El Capitan comes from, it’s a very large prominent mountain in Yosemite National Park).

    Click on the image below to launch the full sized version into a new browser window, the image is hosted on the Apple CDN server and is quite large at a widescreen 3142 x 1496 resolution. Click through the thumbnail then save it to your desktop:





    Apple also hosts a slightly less wide version, though the vertical resolution is the same, that can be downloaded from here at a 2136×1496 resolution for those interested. Both look great on the desktop of a Mac or PC, and work well on iOS devices as well.

    We’ll post the full resolution image from the developer beta shortly, which is around 5000×3000 pixels, but otherwise it’s the same picture as what Apple hosts on their website from the El Capitan preview page.





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    First look: OS X El Capitan's Split View and Mission Control



    With OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple will introduce a number of user interface refinements to streamline the Mac experience, including a two-up app viewing mode called Split View and a more intuitive Mission Control for easy window management.

    One of the more handy user interface additions built into OS X El Capitan lets users quickly split screen space between two running apps. Called Split View, the function is an enhancement to the familiar red, yellow and green OS X "traffic light" window control buttons.

    As seen in the video below, applying a click-and-hold trackpad gesture on the green resizing button triggers Split View mode in compatible app windows. Users can opt to place a larger half-screen window to the left or right side of the display, with the area to be occupied shaded in blue.

    El Capitan displays the maximized app alongside an Exposé view of all apps open on the desktop. Clicking on another app maximizes it to share the screen with the first. Windows can be resized via cursor control and minimized by clicking on the green traffic light button or hitting escape.

    Among other operations, Split View is a perfect companion to the new Notes app, which lets users drag-and-drop rich data assets from other apps like Safari Web links, photos and more.





    Apple also tweaked Mission Control with a few key features that make multi-window desktop management a bit more digestible. Swiping up with four fingers invokes the usual Mission Control panel, which now arranges open app windows relative to their positioning on the desktop. For example, when Safari and iTunes are positioned to the left and right of the desktop, they will be presented in the same respective locations in Mission Control.

    Apple says the El Capitan capability makes it easier to spot apps you're looking for, even when they're stacked one atop the other.

    In addition, single app windows can be transported to another desktop space by clicking and dragging them beyond the top of the screen, which activates Mission Control. Alternatively, apps can be maximized from the Mission Control interface into their own full-screen space.

    Users can also set up Split View spaces directly from the Mission Control UI by dragging an app into the desktop spaces bar to invoke full-screen mode, then dropping second app onto the newly created space.

    El Capitan carries over features from Yosemite, including quick spaces switching using trackpad and keyboard controls.





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    Top 5 new features in OS X El Capitan (Video)



    At Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote, we got our first glimpse at OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Say what you will about the name (I’m not a huge fan), but it does come along with some nice under-the-hood improvements and new features. Today we’re taking a look at the top five features available with OS X El Capitan…

    El Capitan is currently available for registered developers, but Apple will be opening up a public beta for iOS 9 and the upcoming release of OS X very soon. Until then, we’ve put together a list of our favorites so you know what to look forward to when it officially launches later this year. Additional features and improvements can be found on Apple’s official OS X El Capitan preview page.

    We won’t count this as one of the top five, but El Capitan does feature performance improvements across the board. Apps will launch up to 1.4x faster, 2x faster app switching, 2x faster display of mail, and 4x faster PDF launching in the Preview app. Metal for Mac will offer better graphics performance in games and other apps built to take advantage of it. All of these listed improvements may seem minor, but they definitely add up over time. Let’s get into the real conveniences that come along with the new features.



    Check out our top five El Capitan features video below:






    1. Improved Mission Control

    Apple has upped the space management game in El Capitan. The new version is much cleaner and all app windows are organized in a single layer. If you happen to need more space, just take one of the open windows, drag it to the top of the screen and into a new desktop space. The app will go into full screen mode in its own space and free up some room on the first desktop.

    Mission Control also ties into El Capitan’s new Split-View feature. If you take a second app and drop it over the space first created for a full screen app, Mission Control will create a Split-View of the two apps. These apps will run with full functionality on each side of the screen and the two sides can be resized using the middle bar.


    2. Split-View

    Though some Split-View functionality is contained in Mission Control, there’s also a dedicated way to take advantage of it. Split-View will create a new desktop space for you and keep everything else just as it was, which is accessible with a quick swipe.

    To enter Split-View from anywhere, just click and hold on the green maximize button at the top of a compatible app, drag the app to the left or right side of the screen, and release. This will create the first half of your Split-View. Another can be added to the opposite side by clicking on an open app. You can also swap sides for any Split-View app by clicking and dragging on the top bar of an app. Just in case you were curious, menu bars will only be shown for an active app (the one you’re working in) for Split-View. Along with that, Handoff will only function for that active app. For a closer look at Split-View, check out the video embedded above.


    3. Enhanced Spotlight Search

    Apple has been evolving Spotlight’s functionality with each release and El Capitan is no exception. You can now type search phrases using natural language. For example, typing in “photos from last year” will display photos from the previous year. It also works with search terms like, “find emails from Anthony.” No need to remember any quirky phrases to find what you’re looking for. Along with that, Spotlight now includes results for weather, sports, stocks, web video such as YouTube, and even transit information.


    4. New Safari Features

    Safari has been updated to include some features that have been present in other browsers for a while, but it’s nice to see Apple’s own on the same page. First up, Safari has gained Pinned Sites. This will keep your favorite sites open, up to date, and easily accessible on the left side of Safari’s tab bar. Pinned Sites can be created by clicking on the title bar of an open website and dragging it to the left.

    Another handy feature in this new version of Safari is the ability to mute audio coming from specific tabs. If audio is being played from an open website, a small speaker icon will appear on the right side of that tab. Clicking on that icon will mute the audio. If you’d like to mute all other tabs, a speaker icon will be present on the right side of the address bar. When either of these icons are clicked, the speaker will turn from a solid to an outline to let you know which has been muted.


    5. Expanded functionality in Notes

    For the last feature in our roundup, we’re looking at the expanded functionality in the Notes app. This works more like Evernote than ever before. First off, Notes now allows for rich text editing and even checklists as we’ve shown in our iOS 9 features roundup. You can also save content from the web using Safari or an address in Maps directly to Notes.

    Thanks to a handy Attachments Browser, you can also add pictures, video, map locations, and web links right to a note. You can even sort through notes with attachments using a quick shortcut icon on the Notes menu bar. Along with that, Apple has added the ability to recover recently deleted notes and create additional folders for organization.

    If you’d like to see any of these new features in action, be sure to check out our video embedded above. We’re pretty excited to see how El Capitan evolves during the beta process and we’ll keep you up to date on new features as they are added. Also, be sure to check out 30+ features in El Capitan that Apple didn’t announce here. Which feature is your favorite?





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    Apple issues second beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers



    Just over two weeks after OS X 10.11 El Capitan was made official, Apple has supplied developers with the second beta of the new Mac operating system set to launch this fall.

    Identified as build 15A204b, El Capitan beta 2 is now available to download through Apple's developer website. The pre-release software is intended for testing purposes only, and Apple cautions that it should not be used in a commercial operating environment or with important data.

    A number of known issues unsurprisingly remain in the second beta of El Capitan, including problems when upgrading from OS X Lion or earlier. Issues are also present in Aperture, Disk Utility, iCloud Keychain, iPhoto, iTunes, Mail, Networking, Photos, Printing, SpriteKit, USB, Wi-Fi, and Language.

    El Capitan is compatible with all Macs that can run OS X 10.10 Yosemite. While it is currently in beta, it will be a free upgrade available to Mac owners via the Mac App Store this fall.

    Intended as mostly a refinement of Yosemite, El Capitan will still include a handful of new user-facing features. Most notably, the operating system includes a two-app viewing mode dubbed Split View, allowing users to quickly split screen space between two running apps.

    Apple has also tweaked Mission Control in El Capitan, making multi-window desktop management simpler. Mission Control now arranges open app windows relative to their positioning on the desktop.





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    Apple's public betas of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan are now available



    Apple on Thursday launched the first public betas of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, giving the public an early glance at the operating systems before they officially debut this fall. [Updated]

    The company warns that because the platforms are in beta, some apps may not work properly. Before installing, users are strongly urged to make backups of their data in case problems arise with either apps or the operating systems themselves.

    The betas are available through the company's Beta Software Program website for registered participants.

    The new code should be based on third developer betas which were released on Wednesday alongside a new seed of watchOS 2. The El Capitan build contained known issues with two-factor authentication, restoring Time Machine backups for Mail, and importing iPhoto and Aperture libraries into Photos, among other bugs.





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    Apple pushes “Supplemental Update” for OS X El Capitan beta to fix 32-bit app crashes



    Following yesterday’s release of the OS X El Capitan public beta, Apple has pushed out a small update to the operating system to address issues that could cause 32-bit apps to crash. The update is available to users on the public beta and those on the separate developer preview.

    There’s also an update to the Samantha voice that improves pronunciation. You can download both updates through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. OS X El Capitan was announced during WWDC and will be released this fall.





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    Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 4 to developers



    Apple today has released the fourth developer preview of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. The operating system carries the build number 15A226f. Two weeks ago, the company pushed the third beta build to developers after initially introducing the operating system at WWDC last month. Beta 3 brought about a variety of minor changes, including changes to Mission Control, the Photos app, and the Calendar app.

    In addition to allowing developers to test El Capitan, Apple is also offering public beta of the operating system and will also make it available to all retail employees to try.

    As new features and changes are discovered in OS X El Capitan beta 4, I’ll update this post. Last month, we broke down some of the features in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan and noted some improvements Apple could make to the functionality of the features before launch later this year.





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