I’ve put together a list of what I think are highlights of the new and improved features in OS X 10.11 El Capitan that will be released later in the Fall.
OS X El Capitan was just announced at the World Wide Developers Conference this month. Many new features were highlighted building 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 takes the Mac experience to new levels. It’s sometimes nice to see a company not just add more new features, but improve what’s already there to provide a better user experience. Here are my favorite features that will be coming to the Mac this Fall 2015:
How many times have you had multiple windows open of the the same or different app and wished they could easily live side by side? With Split View, it automatically fills your screen with the two apps you choose. So you can make plans with a friend in Messages while finding the shopping mall in Maps. Or work on a presentation in Keynote while doing your research in Safari.
Photos App Improvements
Currently in OS X Yosemite App Extensions in Photos for Mac is not supported. Well, things are about to change. In the new OS X 10.11 El Capitan, developers of photo-editing apps can provide their own filters and editing tools in Photos for Mac. Not only will El Capitan bring third-party in-app editing extensions, but it’s also making changes to Faces, offering sort-by-date for albums, add a location to a single image or to an entire Moment, and also sort your albums — and the contents inside them — by date, title, and more. I see Photos for Mac to be a work in progress, with more features and improvements to come.
Maps in El Capitan has a new Transit view in Maps, which displays subways, trains, buses, ferries, and walking for planning out a trip in advance or getting directions. Transit directions will only be available in a select number of cities at launch, including London, Berlin, Chicago, Baltimore, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and several cities in China.
I Can’t Find My Cursor?
If you’ve ever had trouble finding your cursor on your screen, then this ones for you. Just jiggle your cursor up and down to locate it and it will auto-magnify to help you find it on your screen. Small feature but very cool. Viola!
There’s so much more that Notes can do. It’s interactive features now enables you to create sketches, add audio notes, webpages, photos, videos, documents, and map locations. You can turn a list into a checklist in a snap. 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.
Spotlight delivers more useful searches allowing you to search for weather on a particular day, as well as favorite sports teams, recent games and scores. It now supports natural language searches — bypassing the typical “guess-the-right-word” encounter where you have to type in a key word in hopes that a file will appear. For example, I could type in “documents I worked on in August” or “Get Mail from John about Monday meeting.” Spotlight works in Finder and email as well.
AirPlay Video Files from Safari — In Full Screen
Safari will be able to use AirPlay to send full-screen video from any website to your Apple TV. Mirroring your Safari windows will soon be a thing of the past. 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.
Mute Auto-Playing Video
Apple is tackling the worst part of the internet in OS X El Capitan: auto-playing videos. Ugh. I hate these things and Apple does too. Soon you’ll be able to mute anything that makes noise from the Safari URL bar.
Tabs have long been commonplace in Safari and last year Apple brought tabs to Finder windows in OS X Yosemite. If you have a bunch of emails open at once and you need to copy and paste between them or want to compare information, now you’ll have a much easier time thanks to Tabs in Mail.
Metal on the Mac
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 and up to 40 percent more efficient. Metal allows the main processor and graphics processor to work more effectively together, boosting high-performance apps.
All Around Improved 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.