10 Things to Know About the OS X El Capitan Update

After using the OS X El Capitan update for the last week, and testing earlier versions for months, it’s time for us to share the important details that users need to know about the new OS X 10.11 release.

After months of testing the OS X El Capitan release date arrived at the end of September bring new features and improved performance to Apple notebooks and computers.

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Apple is not pushing out updates as fast as the company is for iOS 9, but there are some very important things that users need to know about to get the most out of OS X El Capitan and to decide if installing OS X El Capitan is the right move today.

OS X El Capitan is compatible with many Apple computers, including some that are as old as 2007, but many users will see the best performance gains on slightly newer hardware.

What you need to know about the OS X El Capitan update and what's next.

What you need to know about the OS X El Capitan update and what’s next.

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Some OS X El Capitan installation issues impacted the release, but they were not as widespread as some of the OS X 10.11 problems we saw in the days after the upgrade arrived on the Mac App Store.

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OS X 10.11 is a free upgrade for Apple users, available through the Mac App Store as a large download. There is no way to buy a disk, but you can go to an Apple Store and use their connection to download OS X El Capitan.

Here are the details that Mac users need to know about the OS X El Capitan update and what’s coming next for Apple notebooks.

OS X El Capitan First Impressions

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OS X El Capitan First Impressions

After installing and using OS X El Capitan on the MacBook, a Mac Pro and the older 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina we are impressed with the overall performance and new features of OS X 10.11 update.

A new system font and the option to run two apps side by side with a built-in snap function work well and now our iPhone Notes finally sync to the computer again with a feature-filled Notes app upgrade.

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We've not noticed any slowdown on the three computers mentioned, and the MacBook may actually be a little faster with OS X El Capitan installed. Battery life after the upgrade is the same on our two Apple notebooks.

Read: OS X El Capitan Performance on Old Macs

AirDrop from an iPhone seems more reliable, with the iPhone finding the Mac Pro and MacBook Air faster than on OS X Yosemite.

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