OS X 10.11 El Capitan Release Date Set for Fall with Performance Improvements
OS X El Capitan is the official name of the next version of Mac OS system software. Versioned as OS X 10.11, El Capitan has two primary focus areas; experience, and performance.
With many improvements to Spotlight search performance, natural language detection for all searches, enhancements to Mission Control and window management, a new split-screen view and workflow, and many smaller changes to built-in apps and system functionality, OS X El Capitan should be a welcome update to Mac users running OS X Yosemite.
There’s even a new system font in OS X, which is a subtle change, though it could remedy some of the complaints about readability that came with Helvetica Neue. The font, which was rumored to be a variation of San Francisco typeface, can be seen in this screen shot:
Apple is also heavily emphasizing a variety of performance improvements derived from architectural refinements within OS X El Capitan, aiming to speed up a variety of actions and activities in OS X 10.11 when compared with OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
OS X El Capitan will be released for developers today, and will become part of the OS X Public Beta program in July. A final public release of OS X El Capitan will be unveiled in the fall, as a free upgrade.
Below are some screen shots and images of OS X El Capitan, courtesy of the Apple Livestream at WWDC 2015:
For those wondering what “El Capitan” is or means, it’s the name of a prominent mountain Yosemite National Park. Given that OS X El Capitan is heavily emphasizing improvements and reiterations of OS X Yosemite, the OS X El Capitan name is topical, much like how Snow Leopard was a refinement of Leopard, and Mountain Lion a refinement of Lion.
Separately, Apple has announced that iOS 9 will be released in the fall as well, a software update which also emphasizes performance improvements and enhancements to many existing features for iPhone and iPad users.