Apple OS X El Capitan

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 12.37.14 pm

Apple kicked off its keynote by announcing the latest version of Mac OS X. Dubbed “El Capitan” – named after a rock formation in Yosemite National Park – it brings a new slew of features and performance improvements.

A new addition that will be see many users rejoice will be Split View – allowing you to neatly have two applications side-by-side when they are in full screen mode. You can also create new desktops and split view screens by dragging the application to the Spaces Bar in Mission Control.

Also demoed on stage by Senior VP Craig Federighi was Spotlight. It now can process more natural language queries and you can now search in more places to get more useful results, including the weather in a specific city.

Other additions include Mail gets new gesture shortcuts and tabs; while Safari adds pinned tabs – a feature that has already existed on its rival browsers – and has the ability to mute any background audio right from the address bar.

Search results from more sources.

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

9553b1845885cb9e7d929ce807963b74c4609aef_medium_2x

In terms of performance, Apple claims that it makes “all kinds of things run fast”. It claims applications will load 1.4x faster than Yosemite, switching between apps is now 2x as fast, while opening a PDF in Preview is 4x faster.

In the graphics area, El Capitan will bring Metal graphics rendering engine from iOS to the Mac. This will give developers near-direct access to the GPU and provide up to 50 percent faster rendering performance. Apple says that it will be great for games, showcasing a game from Epic Games and announcing several game studios and developers will be integrating it into their applications (like AutoDesk and Blizzard).

0e2d339400c1558dbad535dfd598b1639f2ee76a_medium_2x

It will come out in sometime in Spring this year for free worldwide. A developer beta will be available today, with a public beta sometime sometime in the next few months.

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 12.36.27 pm

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s