Mac users upgrade to OS X El Capitan at record rate

“Apple’s OS X El Capitan in October got off to the fastest-ever one-month start for a Mac operating system,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “”

“El Capitan, also tagged by Apple as OS X 10.11, was released on the last day of September: 31 days later, it had been installed on another 25% of all Macs, bumping its total to 27%, according to U.S. analytics firm Net Applications,” Keizer reports. “The October increase was the largest one-month user share gain by an edition of OS X in the six years that Computerworld has recorded Net Applications’ data, beating Mavericks and Yosemite, the two previous upgrades Apple handed out free of charge.”

Keizer reports, “Approximately 90% of all Macs were eligible to upgrade to El Capitan when the operating system launched.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Have you upgraded to OS X El Capitan? If not, why not?


    1. Don’t bother upgrading.

      10.6.8 remains the pinnacle of Mac OS usability and performance. Ever since, OS X has been hit with the ugly stick, and piles of bloat added, while hiding stuff and removing useful features. I can’t think of a single Mac OS feature that is more useful or works better now than it did in 2010.

      And no, it’s not just me.

      As of this posting, the Mac App Store has 3147 reviews of El Capitan 10.11.1 and the average is: 2.5 stars out of five !!!!

      Seriously, Apple, what the hell is going on? Software product leadership is falling apart.

  1. 50% of all Windows 7 users have disabled automatic updates to avoid having Windows 10 unknowingly foisted upon them. Even software pirates who now get free upgrades to win10 simply just don’t want it. And this is just another ordinary day in IT doofus land.

  2. Did they fix scroll bar arrows?
    That is one of the stupidest steps backwards in software development.

    Always open folders in a new window preference fixed?

    Tags no longer highlight the entire name or row. You get a dot instead. Very difficult to see on a large display with lots of data displayed.

  3. To answer MDN take – I haven’t upgraded. It has seemed reports of glitches are more common than usual… and are about things that would more seriously affect my day to day work. How are people finding it so far? Glitches?

    1. I’ll answer MDN as well: No, I’ve not upgraded … nor do I anticipate doing so within the next 6 months.

      Reason being that my Mac is *not* a toy that I can tolerate having glitches and software incompatibility issues with that obstruct my productivity.

      The above already happened once with OS X 10.10 with Apple yanking iPhoto to replace it with the POS betaware “Photos” app … took me nearly a week to clean up the mess that that caused, and my IT plan for the next 6 months is to clean up my iPhoto database and transition it to Adobe Lightroom 6.

      And since Lightroom is OS agnostic, it also means that when my Mac Pro needs to be retired, unless the “trash can” has been dramatically changed, I’ll be holding my nose and buying our first ever home Windows machine.

      The trend at Apple has become increasingly clear in that they’re systematically marginalizing and functionally destroying the ecosystems that they cultivated for years for their ‘Prosumer’ creatives customer segment….enough is enough.

      1. “… unless the “trash can” has been dramatically changed, I’ll be holding my nose and buying our first ever home Windows machine.”

        lol- you say that now. You might want to read this MDN article first: “Microsoft admits Windows 10 automatic spying cannot be stopped”

        I’ll stick with Photos over the constant spying from MS any day.

        1. I’m already quite aware of the WIN10 spying problem .. and that is why I said “hold my nose” when switching to Windows.

          Computers exist so as to be an aid to productivity, and I’m not about to go drop another $5K on another Mac Pro when its workflow productivity in Photos has been hamstrung to the point that OS X is now a *worse* choice than a Windows PC. Whoever the Apple Manager was who approved that Dog Food should be utterly ashamed of himself.

          That’s what makes even a “spying” OS to now be the lesser of two evils.

  4. No issues here. I have three Macs in my home. All upgraded without a hitch. Only one of my customers had an issue, but his Mac was also full of a bunch of crapware that I told him he shouldn’t have installed in the first place. You can’t blame Apple for that.

  5. I never upgrade until at least 10.x.3. I don’t like to do unpaid beta testing.

    I follow a couple of the blogs noting the glitches in El Capitan and I simply can’t afford to lose the time in dealing with some of those issues.

    I understand major upgrade issues, but do think Apple needs to iron out more bugs before they ship. Businesses can’t afford to have things go poof with email, network, NAS, Time Machine, etc., yet that has happened with certain things in El Capitan.

    Business needs to know that 100% of their needed functionality works on day one or they don’t upgrade the whole company.

  6. Upgraded all my Macs without any issues. Performance on all has noticeably improved, El Capitan is a significant improvement.

    People the hesitate need to understand that those online forums with problem reports are one big collective echo chamber. There is simply no way you can tell exactly what percentage of Macs that upgraded are having issues, but the reality is that it is minuscule. People like me are the norm, and we don’t go to forum after forum posting our positive experiences. In reality, El Capitan may well be the most stable Mac OS X since Snow Leopard, if not even Panther.

  7. I will not downgrade to 10.11. I hate it. Unattractive cosmetics are only one small thing. Bugs too. But what pisses me off the most are the unnecessary steps backward, loss of features for no good reason, or changes in the way certain things are done. I’m mad as hell. What has happened at my favorite company?

  8. The problems with Yosemite no doubt fuelled a substantial number of early upgrades to El Capitan. Two of my three Macs are now on 10.11 – I have kept the third on 10.10 until Office works properly.

    It is worth pointing out that the requirement to run Office was an own goal of monumental proportions by Apple when it dumbed down iWork to make it “seamless” across iOS, OS X and the web.

    It might be seamless, but it’s unusable for anything more than simple home use. So, after 12 years of being Microsoft-free I now have on Office 365 subscription and a 1Tb Onedrive. The latter has become my default cloud storage and I would abandon iCloud altogether were it not used by 1Password to sync across my devices.

    I like Pages better than Word, but almost every time I start a document in Pages I end up converting it to Word because some functionality which used to be there is missing. A few weeks ago I wanted to insert a landscape table: impossible. Previously I wanted to number groups of paragraphs like you would in a manual: impossible. Most recently I wanted to create a style for a billeted list: impossible.

    iCloud is similarly useless: I wanted to keep all the material for a project in one place: impossible. I wanted to store some indesign logo files in the cloud to access on all my macs: impossible with my older Adobe software.

    Numbers is even worse: you might want to import transactions from a bank account and annotate them for your accountants. You can, but you can’t paginate a numbers spreadsheet so you can’t ensure that each period starts on a new page. And charting is just pathetic – you can tell it was only tested for kicked mouse applications because some of the menu items are, inexplicably, at the bottom of the layout and disappear if your data is bigger than one screen load.

    Mail hasn’t seen any real work for a decade. You can’t sort rules so they become impossible to manage once you have more than a dozen or so. If you sort your inbox by “unread” and you have a lot of unread messages, mail can only sort some of them before it runs out of memory – you will find the rest of your unread messages mixed up with read messages after a swag of read messages. Woeful!

    It is still almost impossible to de-dup iTunes and I haven’t tried with Photos. But using photos for work is a nightmare because you don’t have ready access to the files, so you have to export every pic you need when working on web design or brochures in inDesign etc.

    Woeful, woeful, woeful. And it is not as though Apple haven’t been told…

    My biggest beef though is apple’s secretive junk mail processing: you can turn off all junk mail filtering on your Mac but apple still filters mail using some bizarre protocol that only they understand (or don’t understand). This means that various emails from senders in your contacts list will be marked as junk in a seemingly random manner. Worse still, Apple completely blocks some mail and it never appears anywhere, even in junk mail. I had to write to Tim Cook to get them to unblock mail from e*trade which meant that no one with a .mac, .me or .icloud email address could open an e*trade account.

    They fixed e*trade but left the secret filtering in place.

    Apple in business?

    I don’t think so.

    Apple are a consumer business today. Surely no-one at Apple uses their own products for work.

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