Prepare your Mac for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

“Apple’s latest version of OS X is called El Capitan (officially, it’s version 10.11),” Roman Loyola reports for Macworld. “El Capitan does some fine-tuning to the Mac operating system, and it also has major updates to Safari, Mail, Notes, Maps, and Photos. It’s scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 30.”

“Before you upgrade to El Capitan, it helps to perform a few tasks first,” Loyola reports. “This will help ensure that your upgrade moves along smoothly. After you prep your Mac, you can update OS X as soon as Apple releases it, though it’s understandable if you rather wait until the first update to El Capitan in case you’re worried about bugs.”

These Macs are compatible with El Capitan:
• iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
• MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
• MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
• MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
• Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
• Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

“The general minimum requirements call for 2GB of memory, 8GB of available storage, and an Internet connection for some features. You can run a Mac with 2GB of memory, but this is a good opportunity to upgrade to 4GB or 8GB. As for available storage space, 8GB is enough to run the installer, but more is always better,” Loyola reports. “Here’s how to get your Mac ready for El Capitan.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The full article offers good advice for preparing your Mac(s) for the new OS X. We cannot emphasize enough: Back up your data before upgrading your operating system!

Apple to release OS X El Capitan on Wednesday, September 30th – September 29, 2015


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