OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Update Available for Mac
Apple has released OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 for Mac users, the update includes bug fixes and improvements to the Mac operating system and is recommended for all users running a prior version of El Capitan.
The short notes attached to the 10.11.5 download suggest the update improves security, performance, and stability of the Mac operating system. It’s unclear if the final OS X 10.11.5 release resolves the freezing Mac issue with OS X 10.11.4, as the beta versions of the update did not seem to fix that problem. Users who are experiencing the freezing problem with Safari or with OS X in general should install the update and report back on their findings.
Updating a Mac to OS X 10.11.5
The simplest way to update OS X to 10.11.5 is through the Mac App Store:
- Back up the Mac before beginning, with Time Machine or your backup method of choice
- Open the Apple menu and go to “App Store”
- Under the “Updates” tab you will find the “OS X El Capitan Update 10.11.5” available to download
The Mac must reboot to complete installation of OS X 10.11.5.
OS X 10.11.5 Combo Updates
Mac users can also choose to download and install OS X 10.11.5 by using a Combo Update, or the standard update. This offers a way of updating OS X on a Mac without using the Mac App Store. The links below point to Apple where you can download the respective version of the installer:
Most users are best served by installing OS X updates through the App Store. The combo and regular updates are generally aimed at those performing multiple installations on multiple Macs through a single download, or with the case of combo updates, who are updating from several behind prior releases (for example, from 10.11.3 to 10.11.5).
Separately, Apple has released iOS 9.3.2 update, watchOS 2.2.1, tvOS 9.2.1, and iTunes 12.4. Mac users running OS X Mavericks and Yosemite will also find Security Update 2016-003 and an updated version of Safari available.
Troubleshooting OS X 10.11.5 Update Install Problems
A few of the more common issues encountered during the 10.11.5 update include:
- Installing OS X 10.11.5 gets stuck on a black screen after rebooting – let it sit for a while and see if the issue resolves itself. If the Mac is still stuck on the black screen after waiting many hours, force reboot into Safe Mode, this should trigger a completion of the download and install process. If all fails, use the Combo Update linked above and run it over the failed installatoin, or restore from a Time Machine backup (thanks to IT Admin for the Safe Mode trick)
- Stuck on “Restarting” during installation – again, give it time to complete. If there is no change after an hour or so and the screen, you can try a force reboot yourself
- Update fails with “can’t be verified” message – this is almost always a result of the system time being incorrect. Be sure it is set accurately, you can learn more about fixing the can’t be verified errors when installing mac OS X here
What has been your experience with OS X 10.11.5? Let us know in the comments.