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Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor

Karen Haslam | May 29, 2015
Here are all the rumours about the new features and the release date of Mac OS X 10.11.

Will OS X 10.11 have a new look? OS X 10.11 interface & design

Given that Yosemite was a massive design change, we aren't expecting a major upheaval in the new version. What we may see are a few system-wide interface tweaks. For example, there are rumours that the new San Francisco font found on the Apple Watch will be making its way to OS X as well as iOS 9. Currently, the system font in iOS 8 and Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is Helvetica Neue. However, we've heard that the new font may not look great on non-Retina screens - after all this font has presumably been chosen because it is clear on a small inch wide screen, why should that same font be used on a 27in display?

We also think that changing the system font could be a massive job - Apple and developers would have to redesign their apps to use the new font and given that they only did that last year with the introduction of Helvetica Neue we think it would be a big ask.

If you are wondering what the San Francisco font looks like, apparently the typeface is similar to Open Sans or Arial.

Will OS X 10.11 be customisable? OS X 10.11 Customisation options

If the popularity of the new Dark Mode provided in Yosemite is anything to go by, Mac users would love to have more customisation options. In fact there have been calls for more Dark Mode choices, suggesting there is a real hunger for this kind of customisation.

Another suggestion is that certain interface elements could be tweaked, for example, those who don't like the fact that the green 'traffic light' in an application's menu now switches you to full screen could revert to the previous action of enlarging the window.

What stability and speed improvements will OS X 10.11 offer?

As we have already mentioned, the rumour is that OS X 10.11 will focus on stability rather than flash new features. This suggests that OS X 10.11 will have a lot in common with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which bought bug fixes, optimization and security enhancements. Apple called it Snow Leopard because it was building on its predecessor Leopard.

Following the numerous bugs that plagued the launch of OS X Yosemite this should go down well with developers and consumers alike, but this focus on quality assurance is likely to mean Apple will hold back some new features for the next iteration of OS X - indeed, there are rumours that suggest that Apple is doing exactly that in order to focus on ironing out the issues.


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