OS X EI Capitan is the next upgrade after OS X Yosemite. What Snow Leopard was to Leopard is what El Capitan is to Yosemite.
As per Apple’s official website, this new upgrade would be available to the general public on 30th September, however, one can have sneak peek at its beta version.
Without much ado, let’s head straight towards what’s new in El Capitan.
Spotlight is Spot on!
Spotlight is more powerful, snappier, and more interactive than ever. It now understands the natural language flow which is a welcome change.
Let’s say you want to search for an email you sent to “Andy” last month which included a photograph. Type on Spotlight, “I want to find a mail with a photograph that I sent to Andy last month”.
You can also see match scores, check latest stock prices, read Wikipedia entries and get weather forecasts by typing appropriate keywords in its search bar.
There are two major changes in Apple’s favourite browser, Safari.
The first one is, you can now pin your favourite website on the tab bar. What’s more, the pinned websites will keep updating in the background.
The other feature is audio mute option that is present on the right of the address bar of the browser. If you have opened several websites and one of them (or any number of them for that matter) starts playing a sound, you don’t have to search all the tabs. Instead, you can simply click on Mute All Tabs, the audio of all the tabs will be muted.
Notable Tweaks in Note
Note has been given special treatment in OS X EI Capitan. It now supports rich text formatting which allows you to create checklists and give titles and headings to your notes. Using Attachments Browser, you can insert photographs, videos and map locations in your notes. There is also the option of saving content to Note from other apps as well besides Maps and Safari.
New Window Management Features
Managing Windows are easier than before. Mission control has a streamlined approach to managing windows running in background. Now there is no need to create desktop to manage windows. Instead, by dragging a window to the top of the screen, a new desktop space will automatically be created.
For running two apps simultaneously, App’s tool bar has a feature called Splitview. It shares the screen between two Apps without you needing to manually resize their windows.
Mail has also received some important touch-ups. Just like in iOS, you can now mark a mail as unread or trash it by swiping the message to right or left respectively, if using a trackpad. If you are composing a mail in full screen, it can be minimized and sent to bottom of the screen which can be accessed anytime by clicking on it. To add an image, one can drag that image to the minimized tab (on the bottom of the screen) of “compose mail”. One can also compose multiple mails by adding new tabs in “compose mail”.
Maps has an in-built transit view in El Capitan, which displays walking, subway, train, bus, and ferry routes, for planning out a trip.
Talking about other improvements, one performance enhancement comes in the form of Metal, Apple’s core graphic technology. As per the official website of Apple, Metal speeds system-level graphic rendering by up to 50% and makes it up to 40% more efficient.
In El Capitan, the overall system will feel more responsive as day to day activities like opening a mail, opening pdfs, browsing, switching between apps has received a significant performance boost.
After using OS X EI Capitan for a couple of weeks, I’d say it has a good mix of minor and major improvements. In a nutshell, it leaves little to complain about and is definitely worth upgrading.
Look out for 30th September for the final release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.