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Mac OS X El Capitan: Pros and Cons

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20 / 10 / 2015

Mac OS X El Capitan: Pros and Cons

The buzz about El Capitan has definitely raised doubts in the Mac community about replacing the current OS X version. MacKeeper™ tech experts dug through the issue to help you decide whether to upgrade to El Capitan or wait for the next update.

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11 has been available for free since September 30, and everybody who has OS X 10.6.8 or later can install it. Among the additional requirements are at least 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of free storage space. As Apple itself describes it: “OS X El Capitan, the latest version of the Mac operating system, builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design introduced in OS X Yosemite, refining the experience and improving performance in lots of ways that you’ll enjoy everyday.”

So what are the upsides of El Capitan?

1. Battery and Speed Improvements

As compared to its predecessors, the apps in El Capitan work faster. The system became more responsive with graphic design apps, and we noticed a significant increase of speed when opening different types of documents.

2. Improved Spotlight Search

First of all, the Spotlight now is resizable and movable. You can move the window, make it larger or smaller, and it stays the same size every time you launch the app unless you change the configuration by yourself. Secondly, the Spotlight produces smarter results in terms of finding the mail messages, apps, and documents.

3. Mission Control and Split View

The next great news is that El Capitan comes with improved Mission Control: the windows are not overlapping like in the previous versions, they are separated and now it's much more convenient to switch between open windows. To access Mission Control, just swipe up with three or four fingers.

Moreover, thanks to the improved split view there's no need to manually adjust the size of open windows: they are placed side by side, optimizing your working space.

4. Improved Language Support

Japanese and Chinese character-based languages as well as the new San Francisco font are the main language enhancements in El Capitan.

However, there are several points that should be considered before upgrading to the next version. Note that El Capitan may not support some apps. It means that to get the working app, you should wait until the updated and patched version is released. That's not a downside of the OS, it's just the normal way of adjusting to new releases. Secondly, there are quite a lot of concerns from the users who upgraded from Yosemite. Obviously the version has certain drawbacks. That’s why it's important to consider all pros and cons before moving to the next level.