It’s what makes a Mac a Mac.

OS X is the operating system that powers every Mac. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation, it’s engineered to take full advantage of what the hardware is capable of. It’s designed to be as easy to use as it is beautiful to look at. It comes with an amazing collection of apps you’ll use — and love — every day. And it enables your Mac and iOS devices to work wonderfully together.

Easy to learn. Easy to use.

On a Mac, it’s easy to find, share and do just about everything. You can control your Mac with simple, intuitive gestures. The Dock lets you launch your favourite apps with a click. Launchpad gives you quick access to your full library of apps. The Finder lets you browse and organise your files on your Mac and in iCloud with ease. Spotlight search makes locating documents, launching apps and looking up information effortless.1 You can even have your apps and the operating system software update automatically. In fact, a Mac does so many things automatically, sometimes you don’t have to do anything at all.

Every detail considered. And reconsidered.

Over the years, OS X has changed in many ways. But the principles that define it haven’t: power, simplicity beauty. Across-the-board refinements have made OS X El Capitan even more powerful and easier to use, while maintaining the elements essential to Mac. As with every Apple product, each detail is obsessed over: from the distinctive icons in the Dock, to the streamlined toolbars, to the fluidity of navigating everything from photos to web pages. Because when it comes to a great experience, the difference is in the details.

Control your Mac with a click, swipe or press.

The Multi-Touch trackpad unique to the Mac makes gestures easy and smooth — so using your fingers to tap, scroll, pinch and swipe feels perfectly natural. These Multi-Touch gestures are a fundamental part of your experience, which makes everything you do on your Mac simple, intuitive and fun. And with the Force Touch trackpad on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro with Retina display, you can now unlock even more ways to interact with your Mac — using only your fingertips.

Software and hardware
made for each other.

OS X is built to bring out the best in your Mac, so you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together seamlessly. It works with the processor and graphics controller in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. It works with the highly responsive trackpad in Mac notebooks so Multi-Touch gestures feel natural to use. OS X even keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps.2 Advanced power-saving technologies help extend battery life. And in OS X El Capitan, new system fonts are designed to look crisp and vivid on high-resolution Retina displays.

Amazing apps for everyday things.

With every new Mac, you get a collection of powerful productivity and creativity apps: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Photos, iMovie and GarageBand. And you get more great apps for the things you do every day: surfing the web, making video calls, sending messages, getting driving directions, managing your contacts, accesssing your email and more. If you already use an iPhone or iPad, they’ll feel instantly familiar. Because they’re native apps — not web apps in a browser — they also take full advantage of the power of your Mac to deliver the fastest possible performance. And with the Mac App Store built in, it’s easy to find even more great apps.

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Built for power. From the ground up.

Making powerful things simple requires some seriously advanced technologies. OS X is loaded with them. It’s built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability and industry-leading support for I