Apple Introduces New OS X, El Capitan

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At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote in San Francisco today, the company announced an update to OS X.

Following Yosemite, which had the fastest adoption rate of any PC operating system in history, the latest Mac operating system is called El Capitan.

“El Capitan is more powerful than ever, with advancements under the hood and smarter ways to do the things you do most,” Apple says.

New gestures make it easier to do quick actions like deleting a message in Mail. And with Pinned Sites in Safari, the sites you check most often are now available and up to date in a tab.



Craig Federighi talked about other new features of OS X El Capitan, like Spotlight, Split View, and window management. Spotlight, for example, now searches more places for more useful results, including weather and sports scores. And an enhanced full-screen view in Mail lets you add tabs to a new message window.

“OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — are faster and more responsive.”

El Capitan is available to developers today. It will be available as a free upgrade to consumers in the fall.

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