AnandTech: First look at Apple’s OS X El Capitan

“With thousands of developers and no practical way to keep the OS from leaking, Apple is seemingly trying something a little different this year when it comes to engaging consumers and the press during the developer beta period. Rather than clamming up entirely – developers are under non-disclosure agreements – Apple invited us to take a first look at the beta OS, loaning us a 2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro with OS X El Capitan preloaded,” Ryan Smith writes for AnandTech. “To that end, today we are taking our first look at El Capitan, checking out the major new features of the OS and experiencing first-hand the software Apple is putting together for later this year.”

“Those users looking for new features and refinements should find the latest round of application upgrades, window management changes, and of course low-level tweaks to their liking,” Smith writes. “Meanwhile users still trying to get accustomed to Yosemite should find that at the end of the day the OS X experience itself has changed very little with El Capitan, so after the major shift that was Yosemite, they can take a breather.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: Among the many other improvements (including reliable Wi-Fi!!!), you’re gonna love little touches like Cursor Magnification and bigger additions like Split View and a much smarter, more useful Spotlight.


First look: OS X El Capitan’s Split View and Mission Control – June 15, 2015
Macs up to 8 years old can still run OS X El Capitan – June 11, 2015
Eight hidden improvements for your Mac in OS X 10.11 El Capitan – June 9, 2015


  1. I don’t know what’s with the whole “closed to public” developer sessions. Anyone can get a free dev account and see all the sessions if they want, they just mostly aren’t interested in doing so unless they’re a developer.

      1. Joining the Apple dev network is free. This gives you the ability to download XCode (also free). To submit to the app store it is $99. You don’t need an app store account to make software for the Mac.

        Access to the sessions is available to ALL Apple Developers, regardless of whether they submit to the app store or not.

  2. Let’s hope this OS works.

    The feature improvements all seem to be consumer-led. There is no talk of putting back the removed functionality in Pages, or adding the basic stuff that’s always been missing in Numbers (try to paginate 5 pages of annotated bank statements). So that means I have to keep Office 365 for the time being.

    Hopefully the IBM relationship will result in a lift in Apple’s focus on those who actually use their Macs for work stuff.

  3. Cursor Finder (magnification), reliable WiFi, faster switching between apps, faster screen refreshes. If that’s all El Capitan brought to the table I’d pay $30 for it. Getting it free is an extra layer of icing.

  4. The best new feature is the Safari Developer tools (Inspect Element)

    The WWDC session on it was fantastic. Downloaded the latest WebKit build which has the new tools. It’s great!

    However since my workflow involves me using WebKit to exclusively and persistently connect to one work website and Safari for development, I’m going to join the public beta so I can have the new tools in Safari, too.

  5. But have they tweaked the kindergarten ‘flat look’? I know I keep banging on about this, but it’s an utter disaster for anyone with less than perfect vision. And I doubt the San Francisco font will be much of an improvement, when it’s the lack of contrast that is the problem.

    Light grey text on a slightly darker grey background? WTF was Ive thinking of.

    1. And this isn’t the first time that this particular srew-up has occurred – –

      – – recall how when iOS 7 first came out that there was quickly a whole bunch of oneline help on how to change the font default to “BOLD” and the like (and how this was quietly reverted some to make it made less bad in iOS 8).

  6. C++ development can be done with XCode – which is free but will take a while to download and install from the App Store on your Mac.

    You can get a free Developer account as I have here:

    To release a program to the App Store you’ll to upgrade to the $99 Developer account.

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