What’s new in OS X El Capitan.

OS X El Capitan gives you simpler, smarter ways to do the things you do most with your Mac. Like working in multiple apps at the same time using Split View. Searching for information with an even more helpful Spotlight. Keeping your favorite websites handy with Pinned Sites. Managing your email with full-screen view and swipe gestures. And turning notes into useful checklists. Improvements under the hood make your Mac snappier and more efficient for all kinds of everyday tasks — from opening PDFs to loading your email. And with Metal for Mac, you get faster and more fluid graphics performance in games and high-performance apps.

Split View

Give two apps your undivided attention.

Running lots of apps at the same time is one of the great things about using a Mac. Focusing on just one app in full-screen view is another. With Split View, you get the best of both. It automatically fills your screen with the two apps you choose. So you can make dinner plans with a friend in Messages while finding the restaurant in Maps. Or work on a document in Pages while doing your research in Safari. All without the distraction of your other open apps, and without having to manually resize and drag windows around. And your desktop is always just a swipe away, so it’s easy to get back to everything else you were doing.

Mission Control

You’ve never been so good at space management.

A streamlined Mission Control makes it easier to see and organize everything you have open on your Mac. With a single swipe, all the windows on your desktop arrange themselves in a single layer, with nothing stacked or hidden. Mission Control places your windows in the same relative location, so you can spot the one you’re looking for more quickly. And when you have lots of windows competing for screen space, it’s even easier to make more room for them. Just drag any window to the top of your screen and drop it into a new desktop space. It’s never been this easy to spread out your work.

Call out your cursor.

Lost your cursor on your crowded desktop? Just shake your finger back and forth on the trackpad or give your mouse a shake, and the pointer gets bigger so it’s easy to spot.


Even more versatile. And helpful.

Spotlight gets even smarter in El Capitan. You can ask Spotlight to find a file using natural language — so when you’re looking for the presentation you created last Friday, just type “presentation I made on Friday”.1 Spotlight is also more flexible: you can resize its window to see more results and move it anywhere on your desktop.

Search results from more sources.

Spotlight now searches more places to give you more useful results. Check up on the weather conditions and forecasts for your current location or cities around the world, and sports scores, schedules, standings, and stats on your favorite athletes. You can even search for web videos.

Ask in your own words.

Searching for files has never been easier now that Spotlight understands natural language.1 For example, type “email from Harrison in April” and Spotlight shows you email messages that match. You can also use more complex searches, like “spreadsheet I worked on yesterday that contains budget,” and you’ll get just what you’re looking for. You can search with your own words in Mail and the Finder, too.


Look what just landed in your inbox.

Improved full-screen support and swipe gestures in Mail let you make quick work of your correspondence.

Work more easily in full screen.

The enhanced full-screen view in Mail lets you juggle all your email conversations at the same time. The email message you’re composing slides to the bottom of the screen, so you can access your inbox — perfect for copying text or attachments between messages. And if you’re managing multiple email threads, you can switch between them with easy-to-use tabs.

Swipe to manage your inbox.

Now you can take care of your email with a swipe, just like on your iOS devices. Need to triage your inbox? Swipe right to mark an email as read or unread, or swipe left to delete. You’ll be focused on what’s important in no time.


Collect more than just your thoughts.

The powerful new Notes app is more than a great way to jot down a quick thought and keep track of it for later. Now you can turn a list into a checklist in a snap. Or easily add a photo, video, web link, or map location to a note. And thanks to iCloud, all your notes and everything in them are kept up to date across all your devices. So you can create a note on your Mac and look at it on your iPhone when you’re out and about.

Add all kinds of content.

Notes easily handles almost any type of file you’d like to include. Save documents, web links, photos, map locations, PDFs, videos, and more to a note with a simple drag and drop.

Save content from other apps.

Planning a trip? Save a hotel website to a note right from Safari, or a restaurant address from Maps. You can save content to Notes from many other apps as well. Just click the Share button in an app to save items to existing notes or create new ones.

Create useful checklists with a click.

Now it’s easy to create checklists in Notes. With a single click, you can create an interactive to-do list, grocery list, or wish list. Then check off items as you complete them.

Use the Attachments Browser to see everything in one place.

All the attachments you’ve added to your notes are organized in one simple view: the new Attachments Browser. You can sort through photos, videos, map locations, and web links without having to remember which note you put them in.

Your notes. On all your devices.

Notes works with iCloud, so your notes are up to date and with you no matter what device you’re using. Make a checklist on your Mac, and you’ll have it on your iPhone when you’re out on the go. Check an item off the list on your iPhone, and it’s checked off on your Mac. Take a picture on your iPhone, add it to a note, and it will be synced to all your devices. Any changes you make to a note on one device instantly appear on your other devices.


More things to do, places to go, and people to see.

Give your photos a more personal touch with third-party editing tools. And with enhanced organization capabilities, support for the new Live Photos format, and faster performance, the Photos app gets even better.

New editing extensions let you go further with your photos.

OS X El Capitan supports third-party tools that will be available from the Mac App Store and accessible right in the Photos app. Use multiple editing extensions from your favorite developers on a single photo, or use a mix of extensions and the editing tools built into Photos. From adding subtle filters to professional-quality noise reduction, you can take your photo editing to a whole new level.

Everything in its place.

Photos has been fine-tuned to make it even easier to manage your library. Now you can add a location to a single image or a group of photos. You can batch change photo titles, descriptions, and keywords. Naming your favorite people in Faces is faster with a streamlined workflow. You can also sort your albums — and the contents inside them — by date, title, and more.


The smartest way to surf.
With new tools built in.

With OS X El Capitan, the best browser for your Mac brings new tools for better surfing. Now Safari lets you keep favorite websites open and accessible with Pinned Sites. You can quickly mute audio without hunting for the tab it’s coming from. And use AirPlay to stream video from a web page to your HDTV.

Pinned Sites keep your favorite websites handy.

Keep websites you visit often — like your webmail, Facebook page, or Twitter feed — open, up to date, and easily accessible by pinning them. They’ll stay active in the background, and they’ll stay put on the left side of your tab bar.

Use AirPlay to share web video without sharing your whole screen.

Play video from a web page to your TV with Apple TV — without showing everything else on your desktop. Just click the AirPlay icon that appears on compatible web videos and you can watch your video on the big screen.2

Easily tune out a tab.

Want to stop the music without hunting for the tab it’s coming from? Now you can mute it right from the Smart Search field. If you’re listening to audio in one tab and another website starts to play, you can mute the one you don’t want to hear. And if what you really want is silence, you can mute all audio from your browser, too.


Now arriving. Public transit info.

If you get around by train or bus, you can now get around more easily in select cities around the world thanks to Maps. You’ll find everything you need to go from point A to point B, including built-in public transportation maps, directions, and schedules.

Mass appeal.

Choose a destination in Transit view and Maps offers you the best routes, with detailed walking, subway, train, bus, and ferry directions. See routes for complex trips, such as linking a bus ride to a subway ride via a two-block walk. You can also plan your trip according to when you want to leave or when you need to arrive.

Get directions on your Mac.
Read them on the go.

Plan your route on your Mac, then send it to your iPhone with just a few clicks for stop-by-stop directions when you’re out and about.


A distinctly modern take on type.

OS X El Capitan introduces new fonts that look crisp and beautiful on your Mac and in your documents — a modern, space-efficient system font called San Francisco, a new Chinese font called PingFang with thousands of redesigned characters and six new line weights, and four new Japanese fonts that offer even more choices for everything from presentations to email.

San Francisco

Designed from the ground up for use on all Apple devices, San Francisco has been fine-tuned for optimal readability on a Mac, and looks particularly crisp and refined on a Retina display. The new San Francisco system font optimizes legibility with size-specific letter shapes and dynamic character spacing. You’ll feel its subtle effect in the things you do every day.

Distinct characters

Similar characters like a capital I, lowercase L, and the number 1 are now more easily distinguished.

Dynamic spacing

Spacing between letters and words shifts depending on the font size, which helps readability.

Enhanced readability.

The new Chinese system font PingFang was designed specifically for digital displays, delivering unmatched legibility in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

More variety.

PingFang is available in six weights from ultralight to semibold. The different weights give you flexibility for headlines, captions, and more.

Japanese Fonts
YuMincho +36p Kana
Tsukushi A Round Gothic
Tsukushi B Round Gothic
New document fonts.

OS X El Capitan includes four new Japanese fonts, each available in two weights, that add personality to your documents and presentations.

Hiragino Sans
Enhanced Hiragino Sans.

Hiragino Sans, the Japanese system font for OS X, now offers a full set of ten line weights for use in documents.

Input Methods

Mac becomes even more fluent.

Now it’s easier to write Chinese and Japanese text on your Mac.

Advanced keyboard input.

Thanks to advanced learning capabilities that quickly memorize your word choices, using the keyboard to input Chinese has never been simpler or faster. Vocabulary lists are frequently updated so you can use the latest words and phrases, and a smarter candidate window displays more character selections.

Improved trackpad handwriting.

Enter characters on the trackpad as swiftly and accurately as you do on paper — just by using your finger. A new Trackpad window reflects the proportions of your physical trackpad, gives you more room to write, and lets you write multiple characters in a row.

Live conversion for keyboard input.

OS X El Capitan dramatically improves the ease and speed of entering Japanese text. With an enhanced vocabulary and improved language engine, it automatically transforms Hiragana into written Japanese as you type — eliminating the need to press the space bar for individual word conversions.


Mac be nimble.

Metal is a core graphics technology that gives games and apps near-direct access to the graphics processor on your Mac, delivering enhanced performance and a richer graphical experience. Metal also allows the main processor and graphics processor to work together more effectively, boosting performance while reducing energy consumption.

Faster rendering performance.

Core Animation and Core Graphics, essential parts of the OS X graphics system, use Metal to improve the performance and efficiency of daily rendering activities like opening PDFs and web pages.

Up to
faster web page rendering3
Up to
faster PDF rendering3
Enhanced gaming performance.

Metal is great for games, allowing developers to get the maximum performance from modern GPUs. Metal improves draw call performance — the number of objects that are drawn to the screen — by up to 10x and paves the way for new levels of realism and detail.

Ready for pros.

Metal gives professional graphics and media apps unified, low-overhead access to the incredible graphics and computational power of modern GPUs, opening doors for new features and faster performance.4

Up to
faster draw call performance3


Across-the-board acceleration.

OS X El Capitan makes your Mac feel more fluid and responsive. Now things you do every day — like launching and switching apps, opening PDFs, and accessing email — are faster and snappier.

Up to
faster app launch3
Up to
faster app switching3
Up to
faster display of first Mail messages3
Up to
faster PDF opening in Preview3

Swift 2Now everyone can build amazing apps.

Swift is an innovative programming language with modern features that produces safe, lightning-fast applications for OS X, iOS, and watchOS. Its enthusiastic adoption by developers has meant more and better apps for you — on any Apple device you use. Swift 2 builds on the incredible popularity and power of Swift, delivering features that help developers write even better code, including advanced error handling, availability checking, and enhancements to syntax. And Swift will reach an even larger audience later this year when Apple makes it available as an open source project. A great app story just gets better.