‘El Captain’ is Sailing to a Mac near You

Confession time; I used to be a diehard Microsoft fan boy, but over the last few years I’ve transitioned to the Apple Ecosystem. The continuity features in OS X Yosemite sealed my affection for OS X, and Apple. This simple yet powerful feature lets me remain on Mac, and with Microsoft Office for Mac finally being updated, I have no reason to go back to Windows. Apple’s new OS will only make my bond to it stronger.

At its WWDC in San Francisco this month, Apple announced their new OS, OS X El Capitan. Yosemite, and its wonders, seem to be the new naming attraction for Apple’s new OS’s. El Capitan is more an evolutionary update more than anything, and it is ultimately a refinement of OS X Yosemite. New features in El Capitan include:

topic-os-x-el-capitan-logoImage Credit – iMore

Performance

Apple promises across the board performance claiming:

  • Up to 1.4x faster app launch,
  • Up to 2x faster app switching,
  • Up to 2x faster display of first Mail messages, and
  • Up to 4x faster PDF opening in preview. Good!

Split View

This feature is reminiscent of full screen app splitting in Windows 8. The screen will be filled up with whatever two apps you choose, and you can resize the screen by moving the line that divides the apps either left or right.

Mission Control

For those of you who are not OCD about how many windows are open, enhancements to Mission Control, the F3 button on your Mac’s keyboard, are coming to El Capitan. According to Apple, Mission Control places your windows in the same relative location, so you can spot the one you’re looking for more quickly. it’s now even simpler to make more room for your windows now by just dragging any window to the top of your screen, and drop it into a new desktop space.

Spotlight

This is Apples awesome desktop search engine. In El Capitan, Spotlight will be delivering you results for weather, sports, stocks, web video, and transit information. You will also be able to ask Spotlight to find a file using natural language — so when you’re looking for something, just type it the way you’d say it. You will also be able to resize the Spotlight search window for your viewing pleasure.

Mail

I could care less for Apple Mail, but there are some handy new features coming down the pike that make me want to take a second look. Like its cousin on the iPhone, Mail will now let you add suggested events and contacts. Yay! This means that you click on an event in an e-mail, for example, “Meet me for dinner at 7 PM tomorrow.” and a calendar event will be added to Calendar. The same is true for contacts; someone’s contact information will be indexed by Apple to the appropriate fields, and you will be asked if you want to add them to your Contacts application. Nice. Now you can take care of emails with a swipe, just like on your iPhone. Swipe right to mark an email as read or unread, or swipe left to delete. You’ll be focused on what’s important in no time. All this on your trackpad of course.

Notes

The Notes app is getting a makeover. Now you can turn a list into a checklist, or add a photo, video, URL, or map location to a note. With iCloud integration, all your notes and everything in them are synchronized between your Apple devices. So you can create a note on your Mac and check it on your iPhone.

Photos

Support for third-party tools that will be available from the Mac App Store and accessible through the app. You will be able to use multiple editing extensions on a single photo, or use a mix of extensions and the editing tools built into Photos. New filters will also be added for all you hipsters.

Safari

The new Pinned Sites feature will let you Keep websites you visit often, such as your Facebook, or Twitter feed open, up to date. They’ll stay active in the background, and they’ll stay put on the left side of your tab bar. Airplay integration will allow you to share videos from a web page to Apple TV. This last feature proves that it’s the little things that matter; If you’re listening to audio in one tab and another website starts to play, you can mute the one you don’t want to hear. And if what you really want is silence, you can mute all audio from your browser, too. YES!

Other features include enhancements to Chinese, and Japanese fonts and inputs, and a public transit addition to Maps.

El_capitan_and_merced_river Image Credit – Wikipedia

I can’t wait for El Capitan. Again, it’s the little things that matter, and NO ONE does a better job at making these small, yet necessary additions than Apple. Please comment your thoughts about El Capitan, and remember to follow me on twitter @delrealest. If you’re ever in the Reno, NV area, lets meet up for a beer and talk trending tech!

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