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.
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
- 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
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.