OS X El Capitan

Just like the rumors have predicted, OS X 10.11 El Capitan is short on major headline-grabbing features Apple fans have grown accustomed to.

Instead, the Snow Leopard-style update focuses on speeding up everyday computing with such enhancements as graphics acceleration through Metal, faster apps enabled by Swift 2, battery saving technologies, stronger security and much more.

That means you won’t have to break the bank to buy the latest and greatest hardware from Apple in order to run El Capitan because it will run just fine on most recent Macs, according to the official OS X 10.11 release notes that Ars Technica unearthed today.

If your Mac can run OS X Yosemite, or Mavericks or Mountain Lion for that matter, it’ll purr after upgrading to El Capitan.

The following Mac systems are currently supported by El Capitan:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Of course, not all features of the upcoming OS X refresh will be supported on compatible Mac models. For instance, AirDrop and Handoff require a modern wireless networking card that supports Wi-Fi Direct.

Metal, a hardware-accelerated graphics framework that has leaped from iOS 8 onto the Mac, may require a modern GPU as well.

Keep in mind that these system requirements are for the first developer beta of El Capitan. With a few betas until the software’s public release this fall, there’s always a possibility, albeit small, that system specs could change between now and then.

Apple claims El Capitan enables some rather stark speed improvements across the board, with up to 1.4x faster launching of apps, up to two times faster app switching and displaying the first email messages when opening Mail and up to four times faster opening of PDFs in Preview.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is available as a developer beta today. A public beta will become available next month ahead of the software’s public release in fall.

Will you be upgrading from Yosemite to El Capitan?

Source: Apple via Ars Technica

  • Andrew

    I still can’t believe they went with “El Capitan” for the name. What a strange choice. I would have gone with Redwood or something. Calling it right now there will be many jokes about the name.

    • Chris

      It makes perfect sense, here’s an excerpt about Yosemite National Park.

      […] the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

      • CasonAsherTech

        Taking that excerpt into consideration, OS X Bridalveil or even Half Dome would have sounded better.

    • TheTechPro/VinceMontagna

      It’s not a major change to them, I guess.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      yes i thought it was quite strange, a little too esoteric.

  • Jeffrey

    I will definitely install it ASAP! Hoping it will boost my FPS while gaming.

    By the way, for anyone looking for a download link for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, here you go: https://kat (dot) cr/os-x-10-11-el-capitan-developer-preview-1-t10767030.html

    Don’t worry, it’s KickassTorrents, uploaded by team Elixor.

    • :)

      0.5kbs download speed…

      • Chris

        Currently downloading from the Apple Developer site at a smooth 1.5 MB/s.

      • :)

        Not sure why you’re telling me that considering I’m downloading from the torrent and you’re downloading from the site…unless you’re just stating so because you felt like bragging which is just weird…but w/e i guess O_o

      • Chris

        Not bragging, just stating that getting it from an Apple CDN directly is more efficient than an torrent. If you really want something, it’s faster to get it from a legitimate source.

      • Carlos B

        If you wouldn’t mind please update us on how smooth (or not smooth) it runs! Currently downloading but I only have my main Macbook to try it out on.

      • Jeffrey

        Hahah as I said, I got 3 MB/s:D
        It started off with 3 KB/s with me too, but after 15 minutes it started to download a bit faster.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Gaming on Mac why? I hope your running a windows boot loader.

      • Jeffrey

        No, I’m gaming on my mac, don’t act like gaming on mac is impossible because I’ve been doing it for the past year. Even GTA 4 ran with 60 FPS.

        Why? Because I love my mac, I love smooth OS X, don’t like buggy Windows and because I can.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        It’s not impossible. It’s just not the best experience you can get. No matter how powerful your mac is. Not judging just my opinion.

      • Courtney Macfarlane

        For him It’s ok, obviously.

      • Jeffrey

        True, but gaming works fine with my Macbook, and I don’t need a gaming PC for it. To me it’s about the whole package, OS X and all it’s features, it’s smoothness, it’s lack of bugs makes me rather own a Macbook than a gaming PC. Obviously, if I had the chance/money, I’d have both, the PC being just for gaming:)

      • James Corwin

        Same here ^^

      • FrankieJo Ellis

        I love your reply. I agree. Everything,me felt the buggy crap, you can do on windows you can do on a Mac. I love my Macs (got three of them)

      • FrankieJo Ellis

        Jeffrey, I love your reply. I agree. Everything, except the buggy crap, you can do on a Windows computer, can be done on a Mac. I love all four of my Macs, even the G4. Still runs flawlessly.

      • Jeffrey

        Exactly! I can probably still use my 2012 Macbook Pro Retina without any problems in 10 years!

  • Chris

    It’s about time native side-by-side multitasking came to OS X, for the longest time I’ve relied on Divvy which, while it works, has always felt tacky.

    • Mr.DnQ

      Hi, Since yesterday I tried to download el capitan but when I push the link I see a download code underneath and then I get a pop up link to my appstore but it says no update. Can u please help me. I also recieved a mail that my membership has been updated, I’m a registered developer. Regards, Donique

      • Chris

        Look in Purchases, it should say downloaded and will be in your Applications folder.

      • Mr.DnQ

        Hey, thnx for your fast reply. I don’t see it in purchased. Should I wait or do something else? Thnx in advance

      • Chris

        The only thing I can think of is, reboot and try the download again.

      • Mr.DnQ

        Hi, Still not working. Can’t download it and it doesn’t appear in my purchased. Guess I’ll have to wait till the public release… 🙁

      • Mr.DnQ

        it’s not in my purchases. What else can I do or should I wait? Regards

      • Mr.DnQ

        is it possible that because I’m from belgium it’s not yet updated, my appstore? Normally I don’t think it would matter. Previous version I saw directly. Guess I’ll have to wait and see. Thnx in advance for your help and info

  • Rogério Toledo Jr.

    Does someone installed?

    • Chris

      Yep and based on previous assumptions I’d made a few days earlier, it’s buggy and needs some more polish work, below are just a few of things I’ve found thus far.

      – a few of my apps stopped working or don’t work correctly

      – split view causes the menu bar to become invisible

      – the new type face needs a lot of work, looks worse in some instances than San Francisco

      – moving apps into their own desktop is inconsistent, sometimes it works instantly, sometimes it doesn’t

      There’s probably more but that’s what I found so far.

      Finally, and while it’s not a bug, I don’t see any difference in regard to apps opening faster, hopefully this will show promise in later updates but for the moment it feels the same as Yosemite.

      • James Corwin

        Thanks for that. 🙂

  • Rupinder

    Perfect! Just bought my first Macbook Pro, 13 Inch

  • Isaac

    What’s up with Apple and their obsession with Yosemite National Park?

  • nirmitlamed

    Unfortunately Windows 8 can run smoothly on older and low power computer than my Mac on mountain lion, mavericks or Yosemite. Probably Snow Leopard was the fastest OS ever.

    • Kr00

      Don’t think you know what you’re talking about. Have run all those OS’s on a 2009 MBP just fine. BTW, nobody likes windowz 8 anyway.

      • nirmitlamed

        i have 15 inch MBP mid 2010 and the truth is windows 8 runs faster and smoother on lower power computer than mine. Have a boot time test for example or whatever you want.
        I don’t like windows at all but i can’t just ignore facts.

      • Kr00

        Let’s compare Apples with Apples shall we. Try a clean install of OS X, then tell me how it runs. Too many people don’t run simple maintenance tasks and blame the OS for lag and boot times. Are you running anti virus on those PCs, because that will push boot time through the the roof. If boot time is your defining factor for choosing an OS, then you’ll love El Capitan. It runs super responsive and fast on a 6 year old MBP. Will windows 10 do that, I wonder?

      • nirmitlamed

        i did clean install many times and sure it got a little faster but not something i should be proud off. The PC doesn’t have antivirus.

        I really hopping EI Capitan will bring better news on speed in older computers like mine.

      • “Are you running anti virus on those PCs, because that will push boot time through the the roof”

        Windows 8 comes with a sufficient one built in; Windows defender. Hasn’t slowed my Surface Pro 2 from booting in 8 seconds.

        “It runs super responsive and fast on a 6 year old MBP. Will windows 10 do that, I wonder?”

        Windows 8 easily runs on a 2007 Gateway Desktop PC, faster than XP, and Windows 10 just lightens the load while adding enhancing features…so, yeah running on ancient devices is nothing new to Windows.

      • Kr00

        I’m sorry, this comparison is for people who use OS X, not trolls. Cheers.

      • Fancy word troll, coming from the dude delibrately making offensive posts calling others trolls (literally the definition of a troll)…supremely ironic.

      • Kr00

        Well you are a troll, so it’s worth calling something by its true title. I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. The shoe fits, get over it.

      • Yeah, a troll according to your dingbat-definition, whereas conventional definition paints you as the troll here…keep trolling with your troll remarks, it never gets old.

      • nirmitlamed

        I have done many clean installs. Clean install makes things faster but not something i should be proud off.

  • Krutik Quiran

    has anyone realised that El Capitan in about this mac says Yosemite but shows 10.11

    • Chris

      Only happens the first time around, open it again and it will show as El Captian.

  • edouardbirman

    hey guys, if you want to try iOS 9 and get your UDID registered,contact me at edouard94300@hotmail.fr

  • siddique

    13″ Macbook pro mid 2012 ???

  • nirmitlamed

    Thank you for your help!
    I tried to look for any error similar to what you mention on Console app, but didn’t find any. I even remember that about half year ago i i run some diagnostic app for Hard Drive but the results was almost perfect.

    I am so envy at you when you say boot time less than 20 sec. Mine probably more than a minute even with fresh install.

  • Nakamoto Katsutoshi Choi Akuma

    Hi Guys,

    i installed “El Capitan” on a 2nd Partition and it run very smooth. The only Problem is that my Wireless Lan do not work, because i use a D-Link DWA 131 stick. I can not use the Airport Card. My Macbook was very slow and the Wireless Lan with Airport Card was often fall out. So i decided to plug out the cable and it was much more faster. I thought to the beginning it would be the AirportCard/Antenna and used it with the Wireless Lan Stick, but it was still slow. So i plugged the cable out.

    Is there any possibility to get the D-Link DWA 131 or any other Wireless Lan Stick run on OS X 10.11 to run ? I am scared to risk any damage when i change the Cable that i plugged out.

    It is bad that the damaged cable is for Wireless Lan ; Bluetooth and Isight Camera too. At least the Isight Camera would i like to use again without any extra webcam. but before i risk to damage anything i buy one.

    • Nicola Zanasi

      I have this problem too. I can’t use integrated wifi on my macbook pro because I damaged the internal cable, and I bought a DWA-131 dongle. This worked until yesterday when I upgraded to El Capitan… is there any solution?

  • FrankieJo Ellis

    I just installed “El Capitan” on my 2014 MBP. I HATE it. In random app a screen pops up with the text upside down and slightly askew. Then random apps automatically shut down and I get the error message, ” “insert app name” quit responding, restart?”. I realize it’s still in beta but nevertheless, I hate it. I’ll wait for Apple’s next OS upgrade. Meanwhile, I’m reinstalling Yosemite. I know most you guys hate it for one reason or another, but I love it. Works seemlessly with all the apps I’ve got installed. I guess I’m of a rare breed. I love Yosemite and hated Mavericks.

  • Patsey Manning

    Not for quite a while after public release, I suspect. Installing Yosemite was a nightmare, had a horrible time initially. It failed over and over to download, but I also couldn’t go back to any previous versions. I had to go to the Mac forums and get advice, had to log in with a VPN finally. That was the only way, after 3 or 4 terrible days, that I could use my computer proply. I don’t want to go through that again any time soon.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    it will install on a mid 2007 iMac, yet windows 10 is not supported through bootcamp on the same model… people have reported being able to run windows 10 fine on even earlier windows machines.

  • Guilherme Mello

    I just bought a new mac book pro 13 retina, and after a week using yosemite i decided to update to el capitan. Worst decision ever. Now every time I wake the computer up from sleep it reboots because it says that the computer has found a problem, and also, now the fan never stops working, and before the update, everything was just fine. I’m planning on going back to the store to see if they can fix it. I’m very pissed off about this.