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All You Need To Know About OS X El Capitan

OS X El Capitan

Here’s what’s new with Apple’s newest desktop OS

Aside from iOS 9, Apple also unveiled the latest version of OS X (10.11) – El Capitan. The newest update builds on the Yosemite by streamlining and polishing the overall user experience, which compliments the visual overhaul that the previous version gave users. Here’s what you can expect:

OS X Side by Side

New gesture capabilities

Apple now added gesture capabilities to OS X. You can now swipe to delete pesky messages in the Mail app, just like in iOS. You’re also able to make natural language queries in Spotlight search – typing in questions like “Documents I worked on last June” will now show relevant search results, and not gibberish. Much like iOS 9, you’ll be able to use two apps together in OS X El Capitan.

OS X Pinned tabs

Pinning and muting noisy tabs in Safari

Ever heard blaring music while surfing with Safari that you had difficulty finding? Well, that’s not going to happen with OS X El Capitan – the new version of the OS allows you to hunt down and silence offending tabs immediately. Safari also now allows pinning of websites, which gives you the ability to quickly jump into your favorite site without typing it in the address bar.

OS X Metal

Better performance for apps

Apple is citing better app performance with the new OS, with apps opening 1.4 times faster in El Capitan, app switching 2x as fast and PDF files opening four times faster in the preview app. Apple also brought over Metal, Apple’s answer to OpenGL to El Capitan, opening up doors for graphically intense games to make their mark on the OS (and on Apple desktops and notebooks).

OS X El Capitan will be available to developers starting today. Full release of the new OS will be in the fall, which is around October.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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