Apple Seeds First El Capitan 10.11.1 Beta To Developers Just Before 10.11 Final Release

How Apple released iOS 9.1 beta 1 ahead of public launch of iOS 9, today the Cupertino-based company has rolled out El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 1. Seed comes ahead of the scheduled El Capitan 10.11 public release date on September 30.

Mac maker’s new OS X El Capitan 10.11 is currently at GM (Gold Master) candidate, ready for primetime launch in a couple of weeks time. The beta update that is now under version 10.11.1 holds the build number 15B17c, and is being distributed through the regular update channel, i.e., Mac App Store for registered enthusiasts of Apple Developer Program.

New OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 1 build 15B17c is available through Software Update mechanism in the oft-mentioned App Store and Developer Center. What is new in this version of El Capitan? It is not clear what improvements the first update of the Mac OS X will bring, but it’s likely to include bug fixes and performance enhancements for issues that have been encountered following the operating system’s official release.


Update: Inspection shows that this update includes support for Unicode 8 characters in OS X, and brings a wealth of new emojis that adorn iOS 9.1 – the likes of taco, burrito, cheese wedge, hot dog, unicorn head and even middle finger are all included, which is currently in testing as well.

To test this beta on your Mac machine, you will need to head to page and sign in with your Apple ID to grab a unique download code that you can then redeem in Mac App Store to boot the beta software on your system.

Of course, there are ways if you are planning to run this side-by-side with your current Yosemite install, you can configure El Capitan 10.11.1 in dual-boot configuration with Yosemite, instructions for which are scarce at the moment.