WWDC 2015 Recap: OS X 10.11

06/08/2015 14:46

Alongside iOS 9, Apple has also announced OS X 10.11. This year it’s named El Capitan. Like iOS 9, there's lots of new features but mainly focuses on improvements. In fact, there wasn't a whole lot that was new.

First is Spotlight. It's now more smarter, being able to give you weather and spot score information. It's also resizable and you can move the window around. Speaking of windows, there's new window management. If you click and hold on the fullscreen button you will be able to drag it to either the left or right half of the screen. It's called split view and once you drop the window it will show your other open windows to put next to it. What's nice about this is that it creates it's own desktop, so you can have two windows side by side on one desktop and other windows on another desktop. 

There's also Mission Control improvements. You can drag an app to the list of desktops and make that full screen. You can also made side by side apps while in Mission Control. 

There's also some smaller things, like better performance, Notes app tweaks, ability to pin tabs in Safari, and Mail app tweaks. Finally, there's Metal. This allows developers to create more efficient games for the Mac. 

Oh, and the cursor call out. If you've lost your cursor just shake your mouse and it will get bigger so you can see it again. That's by far the best new feature. 

OS X 10.11 is available to developers starting today from the Mac Developer Center. There will be a public beta in July and a free upgrade this fall. 




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