Apple on Wednesday released OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the public. The new Mac operating system is available free for download by all Mac users running compatible Mac computers. If it doesn’t show as available for download yet, be patient.
El Capitan can be downloaded and installed via the Update function in the Mac App Store. El Capitan will run on all Mac computers that are capable of running OS X Yosemite. Users who wish to link directly to the new operating system can follow this link.
OS X El Capitan builds on the features that debuted last year with the release of OS X Yosemite. El Capitan is intended to improve the user experience, while improving performance.
El Capitan introduces a new systemwide font, San Francisco, introduced for use by the Apple Watch. The new OS also offers a new Split View option, allowing two full-screen apps to be used side-by-side. The new OS also includes an improved Spotlight search function, and several apps have gained new features.
Safari now offers Pinned Sites and a Universal Mute button, Mail offers iOS-style smart suggestions, Notes offers new features, Maps now includes Transit directions, and Photos now makes use of third-party editing extensions from many apps available in the Mac App Store.
Under the hood improvements include the introduction of Metal, which makes system-level graphics rendering up to 40% faster
OS X 10.11 El Capitan is just now rolling out around the world, and quite possibly every Mac user in the world is trying to download it, so be patient with any slow downloading of the new OS. MacTrast recommends taking a deep breath, going to lunch, and trying to download it later. MUCH later, perhaps late this evening.
Now repeat after me… “Apple doesn’t hate me, and they really aren’t incompetent jerks, the download is slow because everyone is downloading it… OHMMMMM… OHMMMMM…”