Apple's OS X El Capitan For Desktop Set For Release

Written by Martin Kovacs     30/09/2015 | 14:17 | Category: DESKTOP PCS

Apple's OS X El Capitan desktop operating system is set for release shortly, available as a free update for Mac users.

AppleApple has issued a media release ahead of the arrival El Capitan, which indicates that it is on schedule for release. A few weeks back, Apple delayed the release of its watchOS 2 Apple Watch software update after a bug was found during testing.

Becoming available from September 30, going by the US clock, Apple states El Capitan builds on the features of OS X Yosemite, "refining the Mac experience with updates to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search".

Among the updates to Spotlight, users can now use Spotlight to check stock prices, weather conditions and forecasts, and can also search to find a file using natural language, with Apple providing the examples of  "email from Harrison in April" or "presentation I worked on yesterday", stating Spotlight will help users find exactly what they are looking for.

Mission Control has been streamlined to make it easier for users to see and organise everything they have open on their Mac, with a single swipe arranging all windows in a single layer. Users can also drag a window to the top of the screen to create a new Space, while Split View automatically positions two app windows side-by-side in full screen, allowing users to work with both apps.

Apple has also introduced updates to its Safari, Mail and Photo apps, while a new Notes app allows users to drag and drop photos, PDFs, videos and other files into a note, and to add content directly from other apps, such as Safari web links or Maps locations, using the Share menu.

"El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference," Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, commented of the new OS.

"Feedback from our OS X beta program has been incredibly positive and we think customers are going to love their Macs even more with El Capitan."

El Capitan supports all Macs introduced in 2009 and later, along with some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.