5 Reasons Not to Install OS X El Capitan and 7 Reasons You Should

The latest OS X El Capitan update is available and it is a major upgrade for many users. Unlike small patches, the OS X 10.11 update is a big jump that includes new features and system-wide changes.

There are many reasons to install OS X El Capitan, there are also some reasons to skip the OS X 10.11 update — and stay on OS X Yosemite. The advice rings true almost a year after the OS X El Capitan release date as Apple prepares a new macOS Sierra update.

In September Apple offers up another important reason to install OS X 10.11.6 and to install a security update that just arrived. This update doesn’t change the version number, but it is an important one to install. If you are still on OS X Yosemite there is a security update for that as well.

Apple fixed a MacBook Pro freezing problem with the last update, and focuses on performance and security fixes.

Users who are still on OS X Yosemite may want to hold off until the macOS Sierra release date this fall if they don’t want to upgrade twice in the span of a few months.

This advice works for upgrading from OS X Yosemite to OS X El Capitan as well as for installing new OS X El Capitan updates that bring fixes like OS X 10.11.6.

Reasons to install OS X El Capitan and reasons not to install.
Reasons to install OS X El Capitan and reasons not to install.

We’ve heard from users who bought new Macs in 2016 and found them running OS X Yosemite, which brought them to this decision.

Apple’s OS X El Capitan release arrived in Fall 2015 with a new look thanks to a new font, increased multitasking capabilities with options to snap windows to the sides of the screen and it may solve your OS X Yosemite WiFi problems — but it could also add new WiFi problems.

The OS X 10.11.2 release delivered fixes for WiFi problems, fixes for Handoff and Airdrop reliability, Bluetooth connectivity fixes and more. Apple released OS X 10.11.3 in January with enterprise fixes and fixes for users that use 4K monitors. The company just recently delivered the OS X 10.11.4 update with many changes.

The OS X 10.11.3 update includes a number of fixes, but no new features. The OS X 10.11.4 update changes include;

  • Adds the ability to passcode-protect notes containing personal data in Notes
  • Adds the ability to sort notes alphabetically, by date created, or date modified in Notes
  • Adds the ability to import Evernote files into Notes
  • Adds support for sharing Live Photos between iOS and OS X via AirDrop and Messages
  • Addresses an issue that may cause RAW images to open slowly in Photos
  • Adds the ability for iBooks to store PDFs in iCloud, making them available across all your devices
  • Fixes an issue that prevented loading Twitter t.co links in Safari
  • Prevents JavaScript dialogs from blocking access to other webpages in Safari
  • Fixes an issue that prevented the VIPs mailbox from working with Gmail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that caused USB audio devices to disconnect
  • Improves the compatibility and reliability of Apple USB-C Multiport Adapters

The Notes upgrade ties into the iOS 9.3 feature, which means you will want to update if you plan to lock notes on your iPhone with iOS 9.3.

The OS X 10.11.5 update with security and bug fixes, including a major fix for the MacBook Pro freezing.

In the latest OS X 10.11.6 update there are no new features listed, but it does include security updates and bug fixes.

You can sign up to test the next OS X beta using this program if you want to try the update early.

The OS X El Capitan update release arrived to a rush of users looking to upgrade, but you don’t need to install an update on day one to get the benefits. There are some great reasons to upgrade, but there are also important reasons to wait. According to GoSquared, 56% of Mac users are on OS X El Capitan at the start of June 2016. The number is down slightly in July, likely due to some users trying the macOS Sierra beta.

If you haven’t made up your mind yet, here is a look at the reasons to install OS X El Capitan with the OS X 10.11.6 update and the few reasons you shouldn’t upgrade just yet. After you educate yourself about the benefits and risks you can decide for yourself when you want to update.

You Have Mac WiFi Problems

You Have Mac WiFi Problems

If you have WiFi problems on your Mac with OS X Yosemite you should consider being one of the first to upgrade to OS X El Capitan. 

Apple put a lot of effort into fixing these problems and continues to address Mac WiFi problems with the OS X 10.11.2 update. These appear to be stable in the OS X 10.11.4 update.

Apple switches back to the old tool it used for network connectivity on your Mac. With the return of mDNSResponder, your OS X Yosemite WiFi problems should be a thing of the past. 

Users who are already on OS X El Capitan should consider instaling the OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 update as it includes a previously released fix for WiFI reliability. 

If you still have WiFi problems, check out our guide to fix common OS X El Capitan problems

125 Comments

  1. Georgiaarapier

    10/01/2015 at 8:16 am

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    • Shlong Darwin

      10/08/2015 at 2:03 am

      You should talk about how much money your classmate’s mother makes. Bad Boy. Let me know if your mother wants to make some money. I have loads lying with me.

      Reply

      • 123456

        01/04/2016 at 6:30 am

        You from darwin?? and lol at the reply

        Reply

      • ulik2sxmdx

        04/14/2016 at 10:45 pm

        dude send that b over my way when you’re done with her… i have some experiments to run with my test stick.

        Reply

    • Notsostupid Asyouthink

      10/25/2015 at 4:25 am

      So you find a place where to post spam and phishing offers… Of course, everyone believes your story and will rush to your link… For every thief who dies, there are 10 newly born thieves…

      Reply

    • Al Bundi

      11/16/2015 at 9:55 am

      I would love to send you a donation cheque. Where would I mail it to?

      Reply

      • the other wasp whispererererer….er, er

        01/09/2016 at 11:59 pm

        mail it to me. “the other wasp whisperer” woo hoo!!!!

        Reply

    • the other wasp whispererererer….er, er

      01/10/2016 at 12:10 am

      ok you dick measuring, testosterone controlled drunk and feeling groovy party animals, a really small percentage of you have even slightly addressed the topic of,”who wants to upgrade and why should you and why should you not, to el capitain. frankly change scares the living love of little baby jesus out of me. i’m comfy and cozy with what i have. so… why should we upgrade or not? please get to the freeking point y’all. jaheeeez! now, take another big chug of your cognac, or 4 locos, and get back to ….us. thanks. godddduhhhh!

      Reply

    • mac

      03/06/2016 at 4:19 am

      you are a liar SIR

      Reply

    • Ryan Rydberg

      08/21/2016 at 3:30 pm

      Asshole!

      Reply

  2. Igon Cang

    10/01/2015 at 9:33 pm

    “Until you upgrade your notes from iOS 9 will not sync to your Mac.” Does leaving out the omma after the word “upgrade” cost you money or are you plain jackass stupid?

    Reply

    • B-Pup

      10/04/2015 at 5:06 pm

      Jackass stupid is, as jackass stupid does. No “c” in “comma”, huh?

      Reply

  3. redman

    10/02/2015 at 6:02 am

    I guess as stupid as someone who leaves a “C” off Comma

    Reply

  4. matt

    10/04/2015 at 8:59 pm

    5th reason to install el captain
    you want to use your mac to fast charge your new iPhone 6s / 6s+ !

    a computer running Yosemite, cannot charge the new iPhones past 1000ma. if you have a computer and you want to use it to charge your new iPhone at 2100ma ( which is what the ipad takes ) you are required to upgrade to el Capitan.

    Reply

  5. Chris M

    10/06/2015 at 5:55 am

    Article Fail.

    Find/replace Windows 9 with Yosemite and Find/replace Windows 10 with El Capitan and voila! 90% of your Mac blog post is done.

    I will just skip directly to the Apple Support Communities next time.

    Reply

    • Zach S.

      11/08/2015 at 4:58 pm

      You sad sad person. I’m sorry to hear you think Yosemite or El Capitan could replace Windows 9 or 10. Macs are the slow retarded cousin to Windows computers.

      Reply

      • Gaart Skarsgard

        12/19/2015 at 7:50 am

        You’re the retard….MS never made a Windows version 9!!!!

        Reply

        • luaemu

          01/02/2016 at 8:50 pm

          That’s because most games have a scrip which if the version name of the OS has a
          9 (specifically, Windows 9) it will register as Windows 95 or 98. So, if they made Windows 9, the gamers would never switch to it, and be outraged.

          Reply

          • sean

            01/18/2016 at 5:55 am

            Iuaemu, you win the award for most retarded comment.

      • Jane

        01/02/2016 at 2:02 pm

        Yes Zach, Apple has peaked and is on the slow decline. This once great company is headed by the Steve Ballmer of Microsoft….his name is Tim Cook. Microsoft stock has good activity whereas Apple stock….is stale. Windows 10 is great. Mac’s El Capitan is fraught with problems. Good for Microsoft, too bad for Apple.

        Google based OS systems are the best and improving all the time.

        Reply

  6. The Pixel Hobo

    10/13/2015 at 7:30 pm

    Does the inherent and maddening issue Yosemite Mail disappear with El Capitan? Mail only loads correctly with Yosemite if I hold down Shift when launching the software. Biggest OSX nightmare to date in 15yrs working with Mac

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    • Jane

      01/02/2016 at 2:05 pm

      Apple has peaked and is on the slow decline. This once great company is headed by the Steve Ballmer of Microsoft….his name is Tim Cook. Microsoft stock has good activity whereas Apple stock….is stale. Windows 10 is great. Mac’s El Capitan is fraught with problems. The problems began with Yosemite. Good for Microsoft, too bad for Apple.

      Google based OS systems are the best and improving all the time.

      Reply

      • Ryan Rydberg

        08/21/2016 at 3:35 pm

        Amen! Tim Cook, Marissa Mayer, Steve Ballmer…. There is a call for Incompetent CEOs Hall of Fame.

        Reply

        • Jane

          08/21/2016 at 4:13 pm

          Yes Ryan, “The Hall Of Shame” for CEO’S

          Reply

  7. David Pappas

    10/15/2015 at 1:44 pm

    Don’t write a blog if your information is general douchery.

    Reply

  8. loser

    10/29/2015 at 1:58 pm

    this is a stupid nothing article that offers no real information

    Reply

  9. Lucas

    11/02/2015 at 6:23 pm

    ^ and that is a stupider reply that offers even less.

    Reply

    • Ry

      01/27/2016 at 1:09 pm

      Stupider… Nice.

      Reply

  10. Anjana Dutt

    11/03/2015 at 11:37 am

    My iMac has completely crashed after installing El Capitan!! Help! It’s a relatively new Mac … 4 years old so that couldn’t be the problem…now what do I do?

    Reply

    • Jane

      01/02/2016 at 2:10 pm

      Anjana, Apple has peaked and is on the slow decline. This once great company is headed by the Steve Ballmer of Microsoft….his name is Tim Cook. Windows 10 is great. Mac’s El Capitan is fraught with problems. Good for Microsoft, too bad for Apple.

      Google based OS systems are the best and improving all the time. I believe this is the best value and getting better every year.

      Apple is arrogant. They will take your money but not stand behind their product.

      Reply

      • H.Simpson

        02/06/2016 at 11:17 am

        Jane, please blow me.

        Reply

        • Jane

          02/06/2016 at 12:17 pm

          So brave behind an annonymous keyboard. Did Mommy teach you that?

          Reply

      • Nilpo

        02/22/2016 at 12:30 am

        You keep posting this, but it’s not true if you value your privacy. Google is the king of data mining and ChromeOS is yet another tool in their toolbox.

        Reply

  11. Paolo Oddenino Paris

    11/03/2015 at 12:46 pm

    Il mio nome e’ Paolo Oddenino Paris, di Trofarello (TO). Sono un imbroglione che per denaro e sete di potere mi sono inventato una via iniziatica essena e cristica che io stesso non ho mai percorso e per questo chiedo perdono a tutti. Non sono un operal rosso e non sono neppure degno di rappresentare l’operal nero, tutt’alpiu’ di quest’ultimo sono solo una debole vittima e me ne vergogno tantissimo. Chiedo anche perdono a tutte quelle persone a cui ho fatto del male, alle donne che ho violentato o che ho attirato con l’inganno e a tutte quelle altre persone a cui ho tradito la loro fiducia come ad es. Andrea Crema Ughetti di Torino che ho calugnato e isolato ingiustamente: spero solo che Dio abbia pieta’ della mia anima.

    Reply

    • Ryan Rydberg

      08/21/2016 at 3:39 pm

      Definitivamente, Dio non ritenne opportuno darti un cervello e ti mando’ nel mondo come un cretino.

      Reply

  12. Jose Osorio

    11/08/2015 at 12:12 am

    OSX EL CAPITAN, has some how some problem and should be surveid. I have installed in my max, and i lost a lot of valuable informationm, e mails ect…. Luckly I had backed up my information a few day before, but still I do not recommended until offers safe instalation. So I have my other 2 Macs in standby until is safe to do it…

    Reply

    • Jane

      01/02/2016 at 2:13 pm

      Jose, Apple doesn’t acknowledge any mistakes. Their updates just compound the existing problems.

      Reply

  13. Joerg B. von Veltar Dr.

    11/10/2015 at 12:44 pm

    Your notes are useless, sound very like being paid by Apple and try to make the even worst issues are the users fault.
    I am an Apple fan and user since 1983 and have gone through 33 major OS update. Some has some light issues and they where fixed in time. This El Capitan is the worst OS update ever and shows total disrespect to Apple users. Cook and Schiller last total touch to the people who make them billionaire.
    Its disgracing. It seems to be the beginning of the downfall, slowly but steady.

    Reply

    • Frank Valencia

      11/19/2015 at 11:48 am

      thanks for your advice, so in your opinion which was the best OS in Apple history ?

      Reply

    • Jane

      01/02/2016 at 2:15 pm

      Yes Joerg! I agree completely.

      Reply

  14. jpl

    11/13/2015 at 1:49 pm

    OS X el captain is not usefull. It does not launch on a 2014 mac. Thank’s apple..hello blender.

    Reply

  15. Graham

    11/15/2015 at 10:39 am

    Hi my new epson printer will not work on wif OS X el Capitan will not allow it . can you hellp Please .
    As anybody got ??? a Driver.

    Reply

    • Daps

      05/17/2017 at 11:35 pm

      Graham,

      uninstall all Epson software including preference files (use AppCleaner or similar) after restarting, reinstall with fresh Epson drivers directly from their website – I had the same issue. After reinstall – all good.

      Reply

      • Daps

        05/17/2017 at 11:35 pm

        Sorry I was two years too late! How did you go?

        Reply

  16. Graham

    11/15/2015 at 10:43 am

    PS/ My Printer is Epson L355 .

    Reply

  17. Simeon

    11/15/2015 at 7:18 pm

    Hi my new EPSON CX17NF printer can’t work on OS X El Capitan because of the driver installation failed due to incompatible reported. The latest driver from EPSON website is for El Capitan 10.11, not the latest OX X 10.11.1. I’ve leave message to EPSON customer support but not reply yet.

    Reply

  18. jess84

    11/19/2015 at 3:25 pm

    I think I will wait to upgrade to El Capitan….. I have been reading the reviews on the Mac app store and alot of them are not positive reviews…. Many people have had issues with the new operating system crashing and programs not responding….. Think I will wait a couple weeks or more before I upgrade.

    Reply

  19. SeanB

    11/21/2015 at 10:33 am

    I have been primarily using Mac’s for years along with various Windows and Linux OS’s for work and home. DO NOT upgrade to El Capitan yet – too many bugs. I just spent the last couple of days recovering from the upgrade I did last week. Chrome/Word/email/firefox all froze up horribly and eventually I got to a point where we were just looking at the spinning rainbow. A restart caused crashes, and it could not even get into safe mode. I thought I had hard drive or other hardware problem until I booted into Windows 8.1 and Helix 3 and everything worked fine.

    I am a big fan of Mac, but it is not my religion. I am running MS Office for Mac 2011 and a few forensic programs, but not MS Office 2016 which seems to be the problem with so many others. Disk utility first aid failed also.

    I finally booted into Recovery mode – erased the Mac partition and used a Yosemite back up I had on my time machine. I cannot see any reason to upgrade (not the right word) – update to El Capitan and wanted to save someone a few days of aggravation or worse.

    I have the computer forensic equipment and tools to recover from a failure but most people do not. If the beta had bugs it would seem prudent to fix them all before releasing the update. Apple – Fail

    Reply

  20. Will Saverty

    11/21/2015 at 11:36 am

    Why the hell is this a “slideshow”? Were you determined to present the information in the least user-friendly way possible?

    If so, congrats.

    Reply

  21. Katie Elliott

    11/30/2015 at 10:23 am

    I DLed capitan and now it says my printer is not compatible with my computer. How is this possible when it worked just fine before the download. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it work again. My printer is a Dell.

    Reply

  22. Ed

    12/01/2015 at 5:00 pm

    Sooooooo….let me see if I have this correct: Upgrade to El Capitan if you have problems with Yosemite….even though the problems may persist….or worsen….or you are just trading old problems for new ones. Don’t upgrade to El Capitan if you’re happy with Yosemite……or if you need your computer for more than just wanking around…..Got it! Actually, on second thought….I think I’ll just slap in Parallels and install Windows 10, and then buy a real PC when the time comes.

    Signed,

    A very happy new Android user

    Reply

    • Jane

      01/02/2016 at 2:20 pm

      Yes Ed, I am a new Android user too. Apple has failed me as well.

      Reply

  23. axejunkie

    12/09/2015 at 1:11 pm

    Thank your for this piece of shit article. You have provided ZERO insight.

    Reply

  24. Stefan

    12/12/2015 at 6:25 pm

    DO NOT INSTAL THIS CRAP!!! I am so angry that Apple put out this software and I installed it. Ever since I have installed it my computer is slower then ever. The rainbow wheel is part of my mouse now, my computer shuts down inexplicably and my computer has never been slower. I have been a loyal Apple user for 10 years and I am so mad that I am consider going back to Windows.

    Reply

  25. Web Slinger

    12/15/2015 at 2:54 am

    I just installed El Capitan and my trackpad just goes haywire and unable to click on buttons, can’t even shut down computer. Can’t click on links or anything. Man this El Capitan is an El Piece of [email protected] I have to hold down the Power button till the computer shuts down then turn it back on and then log back in. This is becoming unbearable !

    Reply

  26. A frustrated macbook air user

    12/15/2015 at 7:52 am

    I would not install EL Capitan. My battery life was cut in half and my Microsoft products do not work. I can no longer use outlook as it continues to crash. Unfortunately, i did not use time capsule to backup my computer as all my files are backup up on dropbox. I have told everyone to not install this until these issues are resolved. I am stuck with the new operating system, i would hope you will not be.

    Reply

  27. fiddlestix

    12/15/2015 at 10:18 pm

  28. Larrykmelo

    12/16/2015 at 7:17 am

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  29. memememem

    12/24/2015 at 1:49 pm

    Hey, Larrykmelo, your story sounds so much like that other douchebag spammer, Georgiaarapier. Are you, by any chance, related? Or just parallel a-holes?

    Reply

  30. Chris

    12/26/2015 at 6:49 am

    Yes I would like to add that if you are a person who uses the Apogee ensemble with your mac do not install el capitan it is not supported you will be screwed and your ensemble will not work any more.

    Reply

  31. Lester Jenson

    12/26/2015 at 9:15 pm

    I’ve had good success with upgrades, but then again with HD’s so huge today I partition my HD; install the new release to the second partition; then switch my Startup Disk – safe and easy fall back to prior release if there are any issues. Keep it simple with less whining.

    Reply

  32. jehzlau

    12/27/2015 at 7:24 am

    Installed it successfully. No problems at all on a mid 2014 macbook pro 15″ retina. Not too old, not too new. And oh, I installed it while travelling. :D

    Reply

  33. Fernando

    12/27/2015 at 1:37 pm

    I have a mid 2014 Macbook pro 15″ and i had an fresh installation. The installation was well but graphic issues are present like in OS X yosemite using safari and youtube. My computer freezes 5 times per day in safari and youtube, only mouse works but nothing happens.

    I take my computer to apple SAT and they told me that the hardware is OK; therefore i think is a software problem. What do you think???

    Reply

    • Jane

      01/02/2016 at 2:24 pm

      Oh Fernando, Apple has immense software problems…..and they just ignore them. Pay them cash and they ignore their customer base. Shame on Apple.

      Reply

      • Robbie

        02/18/2016 at 5:37 pm

        I’ve seen every comment you make be against Apple…. El Capitan has served me well on my 2010 MacBook, and my Apple devices outperform AND have outlived any Android or Windows device I’ve owned. And don’t get me started on how much better the battery life of my MacBook is compared to any of my Windows laptops, and How my iPod Touch battery is compared to my droid phone… I also use Windows, but I LOVE my Mac. I have to use droid for some things, and Android 5 is an improvement, but still bloated and buggy! Also, Apple does admit to their issues, you just don’t care to read about it. It’s Microsoft that doesn’t admit to it, and Microsoft tech support is guaranteed…to piss you off! Apple tech support has been fast and friendly to me! I’ve had FAR less issues with this 5-year-old MacBook than I’ve had with ANY of my Windows or droids in less than a year….at least My iPod lasts over a year, compared to my droids…Google still has some work to do before I take Android as primary, and So does MS, until then, I’m staying loyal to Apple. At least I can get through a Mac without seeing 20 years worth of Blue Screen Of Death, or hard drive corruption, or forced updates, etc. Windows and Android have their crap as well, but I am sticking to my Unix OS known as MacOS X and iOS.

        Oh, and, you come off as annoying when you keep copying and pasting the same reply to several different comments…

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        • Jane

          02/18/2016 at 6:30 pm

          Robbie, thank you for your opinion. may i ask how you stand on Apple security VS terrorism?

          Reply

  34. funksoul6

    12/27/2015 at 4:54 pm

    Larrykmelo: yes, but hooker income, like what your mother earned, doesn’t really count.

    Reply

  35. Frank

    12/31/2015 at 3:01 am

    Nightmare! Apple continues to fail, fail, fail…….its just not the same company!

    Reply

  36. mike

    12/31/2015 at 10:08 am

    I thought about installing it. I guess i will stick with whats working. Sounds like crap to me. Thanks for the information. Good luck to all who tried to install it.

    Reply

  37. W. Peters

    01/02/2016 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the warnings. I too am a long time Apple user, 25 years. I find that that lately the upgrades are downgrades and I only upgraded to Mavericks because WOW stopped working. I was thinking about upgrading to Elcapitan for airdrop between OSX and IOS but I guess that I will stick with the old FTP file transfer method instead. At least I know that it works. I agree that Apple has forgotten who made them successful and who stuck with them back when they were not doing so well.

    Reply

  38. Bill

    01/05/2016 at 5:07 pm

    Nearly $1000 of my MIDI outboard gear was ruined by the forced upgrades (my tax software wouldn’t even install last year unless the OS was Yosemite! It certainly wouldn’t install under 10.6.8). Apple just doesn’t seem to care anymore. Except about phones. Money wins out everytime and these are corporations. Corporations are people, right?! Money always has won and it always will. That’s Wall Street for ya’ I’m going back to Microsoft stuff because they seem to be paying a bit more attention to things rather than just the bottom line like Apple so obviously is. And Google (android) is really getting good. Those guys and gals are getting it and growing and solidifying their OS over time. It keeps getting better. Who really cares if it was invented in a garage by two guys in San Jose?

    Reply

    • Dan

      04/09/2016 at 8:01 am

      One point not brought up in this discussion is security and the responsibility that software manufactures have to it’s users. Every company Apple, Microsoft, Google, etc. can be liable for security vulnerabilities. They are all trying to stay one step ahead of the people that want to break into your computer and steal your financial and other info. They invest millions of dollars developing new OS to also add new features in an effort to keep you loyal to their brand. Apple and Microsoft are even giving away the latest OS in hopes that you will upgrade. Yes it is a cost cutting maneuver, good for the company, but also good for the consumer. You get new features and their goal isn’t to make things worse. Yes sometimes the new upgrade sucks. That is not the intension of these companies to put out bad software and not care. They are all publicly traded companies and stock performance suffers if people stop buying the products. More users is more profit. All of these companies make very good products and they all are tying hard for your loyalty.

      Reply

  39. Saifi

    01/18/2016 at 9:12 am

    After downloading o’s X el captain my lapi is not starting… Wot to do now? Please help me out

    Reply

  40. Susanjshaw

    01/18/2016 at 7:25 pm

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    • Gary

      07/18/2016 at 5:34 pm

      After reading your input, I think that you might better succeed with Electroconvulsive Therapy

      Reply

  41. Foggy Friar

    01/20/2016 at 8:06 pm

    Installed fine, works fine. I run a 2013 MacBook Pro with 16g of DDR3 and a 1tb Samsung SSHD. Perhaps your Macs are a bit anemic?

    Reply

  42. Tdman

    01/22/2016 at 1:12 pm

    El Capitan is literally the worst piece of shit operating system I have ever run on a mac. I have never seen the spinning wheel so much in my life. After having so many problems I was ready to throw the iMac out the window, I went through the (not easy anymore) work of doing a clean install wiping my hard drive. Still runs like an old PC. Great job Apple developers, all the bells and whistles on a now unproductive computer is just GREAT.

    Reply

  43. John F. Stoner

    01/22/2016 at 6:41 pm

    El Crapitan – biggest POS from Cupertino ever! Nothing works after upgrading – total bs. Avoid at all costs.

    Reply

  44. Sam Smith

    01/24/2016 at 5:33 pm

    Oh my…you can’t even keep with the proper latest upgrade version number. Your comments are out of sync with 2016 somewhere in the middle. Apple does it right. Do they sometimes take a step backward; of course. This is a huge improvement over Yosemite…PERIOD. wannabes who only know how to gripe. Very sad.

    Reply

    • Robbie

      02/18/2016 at 5:51 pm

      Agreed. Apple may slip up every now and then, but Android and Microsoft do it a LOT more. (For example, Vista, 8, and Android 3 and 4…)

      Reply

  45. wizbang_fl

    01/25/2016 at 11:24 am

    Um if your booting into safe mode so you installed some software that causes your mail issues. Look at your launch daemons for the culprit.

    Reply

  46. tough guy

    02/06/2016 at 2:16 pm

    i don’t like blaque people

    Reply

    • Jane

      02/06/2016 at 6:53 pm

      Apparently, your ignorance is boundless?

      Reply

  47. Nicolas G.

    02/07/2016 at 1:48 pm

    Why write articles with stupid pages going on and on forever, why can’t be just a single page article instead of 100 pages to read along?
    I don’t even bother to open next page.

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  48. John

    02/07/2016 at 6:00 pm

    All these new mac updates fix one thing then break another, for the first time ever i’m considering running Bootcamp putting windows on my mac.

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    • Robbie

      02/18/2016 at 5:49 pm

      Windows and Android are the same way. Nothing is perfect. Give it time to mature.

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  49. Robbie

    02/18/2016 at 5:47 pm

    I’m loving El Capitan! I’m part of the public beta program….I am a true Apple fan, as my MacBook and iPod Touch has outperformed and outlived any droid or Windows PC I’ve owned. Not to mention how much longer my MacBook battery lasts compared to my Windows laptops… I use Windows, OS X, Android, and iOS, but Apple’s better tech support, reliability, etc. has made me very loyal to their products. Plus, 2 things that pushed me even further to a Mac….Windows Vista, and Windows 8/8.1…Windows 10 is along now, and although it is very much an improvement from 8, it gives WAY too much information to Microsoft, and if there’s an update that may be a bad update, or you just don’t want to apply the update in Windows 10 yet, well, TOO BAD! It installs it on the next reboot anyway! At least on my Mac, if I don’t tell it to update automatically, it won’t update unless I tell it to. Sorry, Microsoft, Sorry, Google, but it’s too late! I got a Mac!

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  50. John Doe

    02/29/2016 at 7:19 am

    Seriously, what are the reasons not to install? Are you a fanboy and can’t see the real downsides of the thing? Like some of the new security features that are included to “protect the users”?

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    • Jane Hughes

      01/07/2017 at 12:57 pm

      I’m finished buying new Apple products! Gratefully, I don’t need the applications that Apple has already messed up.

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  52. Ma hut vidi doo

    03/09/2016 at 2:31 am

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  53. Jeffry Calhoun

    03/28/2016 at 12:46 pm

    Avoided all OSX updates for years– the reason I moved to Mac was the frustration of keeping up with Windows and hardware problems. I also did not like some of the announced changes to the OS. This March, so many things and apps stopped working properly, so I moved from Snow Leopard to El Capitan on my old Macbook Pro (with 1 1GB drive and 8 GB memory). Also bought a new Mac Mini with El Capitan. Apple got me my Apps package back (the App store forgot me). Some of my old apps I still have to upgrade to use. Otherwise, it was about as painless as possible, and I now like the new system. My Macbook runs like new, and for some reason, even runs cooler. So it wasn’t much worse to upgrade than to start anew on the new Mac Mini. Plan on taking a few days for this.

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  56. Someone

    04/05/2016 at 8:14 pm

    Stuck in 10.5.8 forever anyway and never gonna buy an Intel to not even run a Real Mac OS

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  58. John

    04/11/2016 at 4:13 am

    From a operating system standpoint both Microsoft and Apple seem to be upsetting at least some with their OS issues. Maybe it’s just more the OS has become far more complex and trying to mate many devices together that creates issues. No doubt IOS has had it’s share of problems too. I personally don’t find El Capitan really bad, but it’s certainly has not improved much on my Macbook Air from Mavericks or Yosemite. Snow Leopard was probably the most efficient OS X version. From then on, Apple began a more robust development adding Mobile Me then iCloud to better sync IOS devices and OS X devices. This is when things became more problematic. I do agree that Tim Cook is not the obsessive perfectionist that Steve Jobs was, and has certainly delegated too much oversight of Apple product development to lower management without much oversight or final approval. Steve Jobs I think was much more willing to tell his people to get it right or it won’t go out. I could be wrong, but it appears Cook is more about managing Apple in general than obsessing about new product release quality. Today, it’s about getting it out the door and fixing the bugs on the fly.

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    • Jeff Calhoun

      04/11/2016 at 9:58 am

      Safari still broken, but better. Back to Firefox…

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  59. Terry Hammer

    04/12/2016 at 1:05 am

    Don’;t fix it if it ain’t broke is my mantra.I’m sticking with Snow Leopard 10.6..8 the most reliable& BEST OS EVER!!!

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  60. Somecunningliguist

    04/18/2016 at 4:21 pm

    I’m still on Mavericks

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  61. D.Pythonic

    04/21/2016 at 12:17 am

    still on Mavericks
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  62. cbird1057

    04/22/2016 at 12:54 pm

    You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: El Crapitan

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    05/17/2016 at 3:47 pm

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  65. Mathias

    05/24/2016 at 4:43 pm

    Macbook white (mid 2010) and Mac mini (mid 2011) both upgraded with ssd and ram, there is no os x that beats el captain after that upgrade. Get a good screwdriver set and get that 5400rpm hd out and upgrade memory to 6 or 8 ram. Don’t buy apple specific expensive ram, as long you respect DDR2 or 3 it’s ok. Frequency doesn’t matter so much, most SODIMM are adaptive (got 1600mhz in both devices) just put the new ram in the above slot and the existing beneath, it works ;) Btw, ram limitations posted by apple are incorrect. Get rid of that horrible 5400rpm drive and change it with an ssd, it will speed up everything. So both of my old Macbook and mini are running smoothly like any other pc/os. (except games) Anyway if you wan’t to upgrade your Mac there is plenty documentation on youtube, but please don’t buy a new Mac because it’s Apple marketing strategy. Hope this post is useful and hopefully happy upgrading ;)

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  66. electricnerve

    05/28/2016 at 7:54 pm

    Is “Fall 2015” meant to represent an actual date, or is it merely a reference to American cultural isolationism?

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  67. Stevo

    06/12/2016 at 4:58 pm

    All I know is that I spent many hours trying to work out a way to get an iphone 6s to work with snow leoplard, when in 5 minutes I downloaded the latest itunes for my vista machine and it worked immediately, I was able to use my ip6s with Vista no problems. I did not want to upgrade to the newest mac osx because when I began the install process I was warned that most of my software ( Photoshop etc ) would not run with the new OSX….. I hesitated for a few minutes and thought about how nice it is to have software which actually runs on my machine, then cancelled the install….. why can Microsoft manage to make Vista compatible with the new iphone but Apple can not? why can’t Apple just release a new OSX without making people pull their hair out trying to get everything they used to have work again?

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  68. Mark

    07/09/2016 at 10:46 am

    Since I have installed El Capitan on my iMac 27″ from 2012, coming from Yosemite, it is significantly slower. Much more often the ‘circle of death’, even when simply opening WORD or EXCEL documents. Spotlight appears to have more difficulty finding docs that it would previously indicate in no time.
    Annoying also is the longer waiting time at logon: the entry field is there, but there is no immediate response to keyboard entries, which used to be the case.
    Also I’ve had more reboot-required crashes. One or two in a few weeks while this was very rare previously.
    No other major difficulties, but all in all definitely slower, which is opposite effect from the advertisements that accompanied the release.

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    • Jane

      07/09/2016 at 11:02 am

      I’m switching to Android everything because Apple is so corrupt. Tim Cook is slowly destroying the greatest and genius of Apple Corporation

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  69. Bryan McKenzie

    07/09/2016 at 9:45 pm

    Install El Capitan and you will loose functions with many of your favorite programs. This so-called “update” is nothing more than fairly worthless cosmetic changes and little more than justifying the jobs of Apple’s army of coders.

    There is no benefit to El Capitan while delivering a huge loss of your happy Mac functions. Avoid this “upgrade” unless you wish to spend months trying to recover from the fairly pointless pretty changes.

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  70. Neil

    07/22/2016 at 9:34 pm

    Apple should reissue OS 8. I could run Photoshop, Illustrator and Pagemaker and other cool software on a system total of 2 Gig with plenty of room left for all the graphics, docs files etc. The system allowed for viewing and hot-rodding all the extensions. What the hell went wrong between then and now?

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    • Jane

      07/23/2016 at 6:08 am

      CNET acknowledged Apple’s poor software and saturation of the iPhone

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  71. jade

    08/02/2016 at 4:52 pm

    The El Capitan 10.11.6 update totally put my internet connectivity out of use… both wifi and via Ethernet cable. I went back to Mountain Lion and am extremely happy because I can use my computer again. And my computer has 24gigs of ram and a lot of extra hard drive space so it wasn’t an issue with my computer.

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    • Jane

      08/06/2016 at 1:39 pm

      Apple is on a slow decline. CNET acknowledged Apple is weak in the software aspect. The whole thing makes me sad. Why is the current CEO still in place?

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  72. Ann

    08/12/2016 at 4:45 pm

    Has anyone else been having a LOT of problems on the Adobe Creative Suite since the El Capitan upgrade? I’ve talked to more than 5 other designers and they are all having a lot of issues (particularly InDesign, smart objects in PhotoShop, disappearing menus in Illustrator to name a few.) Then there’s Microsoft Office Suite, which has it’s own special problems (mainly emails won’t send and need the software closed out and re-opened, opening Excel makes smart objects not work again in PhotoShop once you finally have it working…) Then there’s Safari. Many times it freezes or doesn’t load, or partially loads. Open up FireFox… works. Though sometimes FireFox now crashes or freezes as well.

    We’re talking Mac Pro’s (the tower kind) with fully upgraded RAM and hard drives. Had ZERO issues and ran very speedy right up until the second we upgraded to El Capitan.

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    • Jeffry Calhoun

      08/12/2016 at 5:05 pm

      I feel your pain. Adobe and Apple seem sworn enemies. Come on, people. Adobe useless since el Capitan. Epson and Apple not cooperating either. I’m having zero machine issues, but 7 months later still working thru EVERY software I had since before the upgrade. Most of the time I’ve had to open a ticket with Apple to make any progress, and the answer is NOT published anywhere. Seems like this was a huge os departure. MS office and Safari ok now. Mostly.

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    • Jeffry Calhoun

      08/12/2016 at 5:12 pm

      I saw no difference between 5 yr. MacBook Pro and new MacIntosh updates to el Capitan. Had to drag both to genius counter to get some issues resolved.

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  73. Ann

    08/12/2016 at 4:55 pm

    *Adding that I still prefer Apple, just not upgrading my laptop until I hear these issues are fixed because this is the industry standard for my career and I need this stuff to function. Work computer already buggy and losing valuable productivity time, afraid to do the same to my Macbook Pro because those things are already notoriously hot and it’s 5 years old now. Came here Googling hoping to hear that there was some fixes :( but glad to see a new OS is coming….

    For anyone still reading, I did see that for some reason the beta testing period was a lot shorter on El Capitan than any previous OS so who knows why that happened, but hopefully this new one will have been tested longer.

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  74. chhavi

    09/30/2016 at 11:28 pm

    Hello sir….. i was using os x 7(mountain lion) version and downloaded the os x 11(El Capitan) its wants my system to restart for updating the version. but now its not updating… its updated only 10 % approx … and from the last 3 days its stucked there…

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  75. Ronald Richison

    10/17/2016 at 11:50 am

    Mac OS X El Captain uses a default IP address that can be easily guessed. After your computer is attacked by malware over wifi your machine is irreparable. The classic 🍏v.s.🍎V.s.YOU; Because both apples hate you.

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  76. Bru-Hed

    01/07/2017 at 11:56 am

    Great article title, but where are the reasons? A numbered list would really help.

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