OS X El Capitan now available as a free update

Macworld Australia Staff
30 September, 2015
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El Capitan delivers a streamlined Mission Control and the new Split View feature automatically positions two app windows side-by-side in full screen so you can work with both apps without distraction.

You can now use Spotlight to check stock prices, weather conditions and forecasts. You can also search with Spotlight to find a file using natural language. Simply type “email from Harrison in April” or “presentation I worked on yesterday” and Spotlight will help you find what you are looking for. You can resize the Spotlight window to display more results or move it anywhere on your desktop.

Several OS X built-in apps have been given a once over. Safari now features Pinned Sites to keep your favourite websites open and active and a new mute button to quickly silence browser audio from any tab. Mail introduces Smart Suggestions, which recognises names or events in a Mail message and prompts you to add them to your contacts or calendar with a single click. You can also swipe to delete messages, just like in iOS, and juggle multiple emails while Mail is in full screen. In Photos, you can now edit locations, batch change descriptions, sort albums by date or title, and use third-party editing extensions.

El Capitan features an all-new Notes app that lets you drag and drop photos, PDFs, videos and other files into a note, and add content directly from other apps, such as Safari web links or Maps locations, using the Share menu. Easy-to-create checklists help you keep track of important to-do items, and the new Attachments Browser organises your attachments in one simple view, making it easy to find what you’re looking for. With iCloud, your notes stay in sync so you can create notes on one device and edit them or check off items on your other devices.

Improvements to System Performance

OS X El Capitan improves system performance across your Mac, making many of the things you do everyday faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s groundbreaking graphics technology, accelerates Core Animation and Core Graphics. According to testing done by Apple using a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-based 13in MacBook Pro with 128GB of flash storage and 8GB of RAM,  system-level rendering is boosted by up to 50 percent, and efficiency by up to 40 percent, resulting in faster graphics performance for everyday apps. Metal also takes full advantage of your CPU and GPU, delivering up to 10 times faster draw call performance for a richer, more fluid experience in games and pro apps.

El Capitan also features enhanced international language support, including a new Chinese system font for both Traditional and Simplified, with 50,000 beautifully designed characters for crisp on-screen readability. Chinese keyboard input methods now offer regularly updated vocabulary lists and a smarter candidate window. El Capitan makes entering Japanese text faster by automatically transforming Hiragana into written Japanese and reducing the need to individually select and confirm word conversions. You can now also select the perfect font for your documents using four new Japanese typefaces.

Pricing & Availability

OS X El Capitan is available as a free update starting Wednesday, 30 September from the Mac App Store. El Capitan supports all Macs introduced in 2009 and later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.


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  1. Jamie says:

    Not showing as available here in NZ yet

  2. Ben says:

    Really? It’s not released for me yet?!?

  3. Tony says:

    30 Sept in US. Likely the 1st of October for most of the GMT+ timezones.

  4. Jamie says:

    Shoed up this morning, ensured a Time Machine backup was done then downloaded the installer.

    Once downloaded copied to another drive (as the original is removed once the update has been done) and then started the update remotely from work.

    Will check on it soon.

  5. John says:

    I have tried downloading a few times but it is really slow I’m in Sydney Australia

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