What’s New in OS X El Capitan: 12 Exciting Features

What’s new in OS X El Capitan? Apple’s major update to OS X Yosemite delivers performance and usability enhancements that will make using a Mac easier and more convenient. OS X 10.11 is a free upgrade for users.

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Here’s a look at what’s new and how the OS X El Capitan vs OS X Yosemite comparison looks for regular users. Including an updated look for 2016 at the new OS X 10.11.5 features. Apple continues to deliver better connections between OS X and iOS.

The OS X El Capitan release date arrived at the end of September 2015, and since then Apple has delivered several updates that make it more tempting to install for the average user.

There are still some OS X El Capitan problems, but there are ways you can fix common OS X El Capitan problems on your own without going to Apple. Here’s where you can download the OS X El Capitan update.

Apple focuses on two distinct areas for the OS X El Capitan update, a marked shift from the feature-packed OS X Yosemite update that delivered enhanced iPhone and Mac connectivity in 2014. This change will hopefully deliver a more stable experience without WiFi issues and other struggles.

The OS X 10.11 update runs on all Macs capable of running OS X Yosemite, which means this is a free update for a large number of devices. Users who are on older Macs should read reviews before installing as upgrades can slow performance on older machines, even when the update specifically adds performance enhancing capabilities.

What's new in OS X El Capitan for users who plan to upgrade from OS X Yosemite.

What’s new in OS X El Capitan for users who plan to upgrade from OS X Yosemite.

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There are a number of important, but small visual changes to OS X El Capitan and the Apple apps that come with OS X 10.11. Many of the new OS X El Capitan features will help you use your Mac better, especially when you need to use a smaller Mac screen and use two apps at the same time.

Apple continues to offer small fixes and add new features with small updates including OS X 10.11.4. The latest OS X 10.11.5 update includes important bug fixes. Apple lists the following changes;

  • Fixes an issue where applying a configuration profile to set allowSpotlightInternetResults to False would cause Spotlight to use large amounts of CPU time.
  • Fixes an issue where applying a configuration profile to set ShutDownDisabledWhileLoggedIn to True would have no effect.
  • Fixes an issue where only a single NetBoot image would appear in the Startup Disk pane of System Preferences, even if multiple NetBoot images were configured on the server.
  • Various Security Updates

Here are the most exciting and important new OS X El Capitan features and how they compare to OS X Yosemite.

What’s New in OS X El Capitan: 12 Exciting Features

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The most exciting OS X El Capitan feature to arrive for multitasking users is the new Split View mode. OS X Yosemite allowed users to place two windows side by side, but now it is easier to snap the windows to the left or right without the need to manually size them.

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On OS X Yosemite the Gotta Be Mobile team used HyperDock and BetterSnapTool to get a similar snap feature that let us move a window to the side, but now OS X 10.11 builds this support right in.

With the new OS X El Capitan Split View feature users can put two apps up side by side with a split view of the things they need most, swipe back to a desktop easily and create new spaces that remember your app split.

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