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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan release date and new features

Karen Haslam | Aug. 20, 2015
If you are already convinced you want to run El Capitan and are wondering just how quickly you can get you hands on it you will be glad to hear that you won’t be waiting for long - in fact if you aren't risk averse you can get it now.

Updates to applications that come with OS X 10.11

There is more to apple's operating system than the file structure and design. There are a number of applications that ship as part of OS X, and in 2014 Apple updated a number of these. Can we expect the Apple apps to get the same attention this year?

iTunes 13, iTunes in OS X 10.11

We're all desperate to see an update to iTunes. Last year's iTunes 12 might have offered a new look, but many Mac users found it less intuitive and there weren't many new features. Given that iTunes is the portal through which the iPhone and iPad communicate to the Mac, the way we manage our media, and our means to buy music, video and apps, it really needs an overhaul. In some ways it tries to do too much, in other ways it's bloatware.

We really hope to see usability improvements in the next version. 

One iTunes related thing we expect to see is the launch of the Beats-powered music streaming service from Apple. This should be a successor to iTunes Radio, which only launched in the US, so perhaps this time the new service will be available here in the UK too. 

Photos in OS X 10.11

It took almost a year, but Apple has finally released Photos for Mac, the companion app to the Photos for iOS. We don't expect to see much in the way of change in the next version of OS X, given that it was so recently launched. 

Better Mac App Store in OS X 10.11

Searching the Mac App Store could use some improvement. We find it frustrating that the search results often seem to return copycat apps rather than the obvious one you are looking for. Modern search engines have largely outgrown this problem by using algorithms that rate a source's credibility, but Apple's system has not. We hope that this improves on the iOS App Store too. 

Safari in OS X 10.11

Safari had a big revamp in Yosemite, with lots of new features. Our main criticism is that the Top Sites view and Favourites view are essentially the same thing, so we don't really need both. And the Tabs across the top of the window are nightmarish if you have a lot open, they get consertinered towards the right and left of the screen and that makes selecting one nigh on impossible. 

Mail in OS X 10.11

Like Safari, Mail had a massive overhaul in Yosemite. Gaining features like Mail Drop and Markup. However, there are still a few things on our wishlist for Mail. For example, we'd like to be able to make it so that only only be for VIP emails would appear in Notifications. Speaking of VIPs we'd love if there could be more than 100. We'd also like there to be better spam and malware email management.


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