OS X El Capitan

There’s more to love with every click.

Coming This Fall

More than ever, Mac is the computer people love to use. And one of the biggest reasons is OS X. It’s what makes a Mac a Mac. With OS X, it’s simple to do amazing things and delightful to do all the everyday things. OS X El Capitan builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways that make a big difference. OS X El Capitan — it takes the Mac experience to new heights.

Experience

OS X El Capitan gives you even simpler, smarter ways to do the things you do most with your Mac. Like working in multiple apps at the same time. Searching for information. Keeping tabs on your favorite websites. Checking email. Taking notes. And much more.

Performance

Improvements under the hood make your Mac snappier and more efficient in all kinds of everyday tasks — from opening PDFs to accessing your email. And with Metal for Mac, you get faster and more fluid graphics performance in games, high-performance apps, and many other places.

Split View

Who says you can’t focus on two things at once?

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 real estate, it’s now even simpler 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 cursor gets bigger so it’s easy to spot.

Spotlight

Even more versatile. And helpful.

Spotlight gets even smarter in El Capitan, delivering results for weather, sports, stocks, web video, and transit information. And now you can ask Spotlight to find a file using natural language — so when you’re looking for something, just type it the way you’d say it.1 Spotlight is also more flexible: You can resize its window to see more results and move it anywhere on your desktop.

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 “presentation 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 Finder, too.

Mail

Look what just landed in your inbox.

Improved full-screen support and swipe gestures in Mail let you make quick work of your correspondence. OS X even helps you manage your calendar and keep your contacts up to date, right from your inbox.

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 now 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.

Add suggested events.

When you receive an email containing details for an event like a flight or a dinner reservation, or even a suggestion like “Let’s have drinks at 5,” you can add it to Calendar with just a click.2

Add suggested contacts.

When you exchange email with people who are not in your contacts, Mail lets you add them with a single click.3 It even lets you know when the email address for one of your contacts has changed.

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.

Notes

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, URL, 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 check it on your iPhone when you’re out and about.

Save content from other apps.

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

Create useful checklists with a click.

Now it’s easy to create checklists in Notes. Just add bullets with a single click to 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. Click an item and go directly to its note.

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 to go on your iPhone. Check an item off the list on your iPhone, and it’s checked off on your Mac. Any changes you make to a note on one device instantly appear on all your other devices.

Photos

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 tools 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 using beautiful texture effects, 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 to an entire Moment. 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.

Safari

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.

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.

Maps

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.

Improved Language Support

Mac becomes even more fluent.

New system fonts and improved input methods make Chinese and Japanese text more beautiful to read and easier to write on a Mac.

Chinese fonts and input

New system font.

The new Chinese system font Ping Fang is designed for a modern appearance and crisp onscreen readability in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

Enhanced keyboard input.

Inputting Chinese using the keyboard has never been simpler or faster, thanks to advanced learning capabilities that quickly memorize your word choices, an improved language prediction engine that better anticipates the words you’ll type next, frequently updated vocabulary lists that contain the latest words and phrases, and a smarter candidate window that 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.

Japanese fonts and input

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.

New fonts.

OS X El Capitan includes four new Japanese fonts and more weights for the Hiragino Sans font that add personality to your documents and presentations.

Performance

Mac be nimble.

In OS X El Capitan we’ve made all kinds of things run faster — like accessing email and launching or switching between apps. It’s these little things that make your Mac feel faster and more responsive. And we’ve brought Metal to Mac, so you experience more fluid performance in games, high-performance apps, and key system-level graphics operations.

Pushing pixels to the Metal.

Metal is a new graphics core 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 speeds system-level graphics rendering by up to 50 percent,4 as well as making it up to 40 percent more efficient.5 Metal allows the main processor and graphics processor to work more effectively together, boosting high-performance apps. And Metal is designed to be great for games, improving draw call performance by up to 10x and paving the way for new levels of realism and detail.6

up to
10x
draw call performance6

Across-the-board performance.

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

up to
1.4x
faster app launch7
up to
2x
faster app switching7
up to
2x
faster display of first mail messages7
up to
4x
faster PDF opening in Preview7

Help make OS X El Capitan even better.

The Apple Beta Software Program gives you a sneak peek at OS X El Capitan before it launches this fall. By participating in the program, you’ll be able to try out prerelease versions of OS X and let us know what you think.

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