Apple has come up with the next iteration of its OS X operating system for Macs. It is said to be releasing ahead of fall 2015.
Dubbed as Mac OS X El Capitan, the updated operating system though carries a strange name but it is surely expected to bring under-the-hood improvements to the OS X Yosemite. It will be much more refined.
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Introduced on June 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WDC), the name of updated OS is taken from popular rock formations in Yosemite National Park. While developing it, Apple had mainly focused on two important areas, one is performance and the other is user experience.
It is true will see improvements to the apps, Spotlight search and also the window management compared to the previous version. The company has also added technology like Metal graphics to make launching of apps faster and other such everyday activities.
Windows Management Feature
Mission Control, the window management feature, has been revamped with new Split View feature, which is very similar to the multitasking feature of iOS 9 for the iPads. With this two full-screen apps can be used simultaneously.
The Safari now comes with Pinned Sites feature, which means user can pin-up favorite sites straight on the tab bar. The pinned website stays up to date as it runs in background and when clicked on it user gets the current info. Twitter, Facebook and Gmail are the best websites to pin here.
A mute button is added too to help mute all the sounds coming from Safari in just one click. This is invaluable to some extent as most of the users want autoplaying of audio or video. Mute can be done to all the tabs or to individual tab.
User can AirPlay web video to the Apple TV now without sharing the entire desktop. This feature comes as an wonder for those who love watching the videos on bigger screen.
For managing the messages in mailbox a new iOS-style gestures has been added. Dubbed as Smart Suggestions, the feature now recognizes names and events for quick addition to the contacts and calendars respectively. Multiple emails can be handled simultaneously in full screen mode.
Notes and Photos
The Notes app is now much revamped similar to that of the iOS 9. Apple has added support for checklists and also content coming from other apps such as Maps and Safari. It has now got Attachment Browser too to help view all documents, links, photos and map locations.
The photo part has now become more interesting. User can edit with the help of third-party extensions available on Mac App Store. The new feature is borrowed from iOS and those who uses it on their iPhone or iPad can better understand. Just clicking on “More” button will bring more third-party apps to support the direct-in-Photos editing feature.
The new Maps feature has got a new Transit view in updated OS. It displays bus, train, ferry, subway and walking routes. It is better and revamped. However, the transit directions are available only in select cities including Washington D.C., Toronto, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, Mexico City, London, Chicago, Berlin and Baltimore.
Performance wise the OS is now much enhanced. Thanks to Metal feature. The graphics have been improved too and standard apps are now performing better than before. Significant performance boosts can be seen.
Couple of beta versions have been released. If you want to be one of those early birds, download it can check whether you enjoy more than the predecessor. Do share your views too with fellow readers here by using the below given comment box.