Now, the wait is finally over for all you Mac owners out there. Apple is letting you download and install OS X 10.11 El Capitan for free from the Mac App Store. After eight developer betas before the gold master version of the woftware was released on September 9. Starting September 30, Apple has release the new Mac operating system available.
Mac OS X El Capitan is still rolling out to users, but it can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store, and it will run on all Macs capable of running OS X Yosemite. Apple also took the unique step of opening up the El Capitan pre-release cycle to members of the public via its public Apple Beta Software Program.
The final touches have been applied to El Capitan based on all the feedback received by Apple from those developers and the public alike. Uploaded to Apple servers and made available via the Mac App Store, and like its predecessors. Excited about the release, check your Mac compatibility here:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminium, or Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Free of charge upgrade in the run-up to this launch, OS X El Capitan is all about improving reliability, stability, and underlying performance experienced by end-users. It is purely dedicated on stabilizing things under-the-hood, similar to the iOS 9 ethos in that sense. There are few nice little feature improvements that users can look forward to, with the likes as the introduction of Split View apps, an improved Mission Control, allowing two full-screen apps to be used side-by-side, and a highly improved Spotlight Search rejoice. Safari, for example, has gained Pinned Sites and a universal mute button, while Mail has new iOS-style smart suggestions.
Photos in OS X El Capitan supports third-party photo editing extensions from Mac App Store apps, Notes has new features, and Maps includes Transit directions. The introduction of Metal makes system-level graphics rendering 40 percent more efficient.
You can download OS X El Capitan 10.11 right now from the Mac App Store here and upgrade from there.