OS X El Capitan upgrade tempo slows significantly

“Adoption of Apple’s OS X El Capitan slowed significantly in November, with the upgrade pace falling behind that of its predecessor at the same point in the 2014 edition’s post-launch timeline,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“El Capitan, also identified as OS X 10.11, was released on the last day of September: 61 days later it had been installed on 38% of all Macs, according to analytics firm Net Applications,” Keizer reports. “That was an increase of 11 percentage points from the month before, when the upgrade set an adoption record for a Mac operating system.”

“A sizable number of Macs continued to run outdated editions of OS X last month, even though many of them were eligible for the El Capitan upgrade,” Keizer reports. “By Net Applications’ data, about 14%, representing one in seven Macs, was powered by a version that Apple no longer supports with security updates. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Four out of ten Macs seen by Net Applications are now running the latest version of OS X. That is a grand success by any measure.

Do you have a compatible Mac, but have not yet upgraded to OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan? If so, why?


  1. I wish El Capitan had a true Maximize function. Here is how I would implement it:

    Full screen button on right side like Macericks.
    Double click the titlebar to size to content.
    Green button maximizes window to max size with Menu bar and Dock visible.

    1. I hate Apple’s current window controls, but I’m not sure I’m on board with your proposal either.

      First: why would an interface make the user go to separate parts of the screen to accomplish the same or similar functions? Basic window manipulation should be clear with visible buttons on each window header allowing the user to, at a minimum:
      – Minimize
      – Maximize to Screen
      – Move to Full Screen Mode

      and now in our more complicated window world, the header also needs user options to manage:
      – split screen
      – spaces
      – multiple monitors

      Those last three might not need to be displayed at all times, but it’s a pain in the ass for the user to be called upon to scroll, use complicated swipes, multiclicks, or memorize many keyboard shortcuts. A great desktop interface allows the user to see CONSISTENTLY in each window the function in a toolbar or, if that is impossible, at least in a drop-down menu.

      Multi-clicking or clicking on headers is bad form. It takes a great FAST desktop interface down to the level of iOS, which entails endless swiping and guess-touching to find what’s hidden between the inconsistent apps.

  2. I have found the changes to Mail introduced with El Capitan to be a real problem, particularly the removed ability to use personalized email addresses as the sending address. My wife finds it particularly bad since organizations that she deals with filter incoming mail based on sending ID. Genius Bar was no help. Why remove good stuff???

  3. It’s funny. I don’t use Disk Manager all that much, but when I heard it was “dumbed down,” I decided not to upgrade for a while. I am normally a first week upgrader, but for some reason, I just don’t want any more “dumbing down” of Apple software. Steve made things easier to use than Microsoft, but he didn’t “talk down” to users either. Apple software was sophisticated and required users to engage. I think it is a mistake to try to make it work for the ignorati. Expect people to step up and they will. I think this was part of Steve’s genius. He expected excellence from average people. Just one man’s opinion.

  4. I keep a Snow Leopard boot drive for some legacy programs I run from time to time under Rosetta.

    Snow Leopard was the apex of Mac development and it has been downhill from that time. Newer versions of OS X are full of shitty little bugs that used to never be tolerated at Apple. Maybe Avie or Bertrand could be lured back to kick some asses at One Infinite Loop.

  5. Why haven’t I upgraded? The UI sucks, plain and simple. I’m not going to waste my time on that low-contrast, flat, piece of junk. I’m tired of paying for fashion instead of usability. I’m not impressed by anything El Cap has to offer me. Mavericks does all I need it to do.

  6. I refuse to put 10.11 El Capitan on my MBP. I have work to do. Being annoyed by the crap inflicted on users of both Yosemite and the current rendition of El Capitan is NOT in my best interest. That’s incredibly sad, Apple.

    1. Let’s face it, Apple has dropped the ball on creating a good OS with a nice UI. Just look at 10.7 all the way to 10.11.x El Capitan. Need I say more Apple? Wake Up!!!

  7. As much as i am a Fan boy of everything Apple i also rely on their products for my world to keep spinning and its sad to say my trust in Apples ability to release perfectly working software is waining at every update wether it be the iPhone or the mac. A little bug can eat though a lot of apples.
    I now choose to wait for a few renditions of a new os or iOS so I know that when I move I don’t stop moving.

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