Apple announced the newest version of it’s operating system for it’s dekstop and laptop computers. First of all, the new version is called OSX El Capitan. El capitan is actually the name of a really huge rock in the Yosemite national park in California in the USA.
So what does OSX El Capitan bring to the table? Well, the spotlight search feature got a lot smarter. For example, you can search for things like the weather in your area or sports results. If you last worked on a document but cannot remember what it was called, then you can type in a search term based on what you think was in there.
Next, let’s take a look at split view (and yes, it works just as it sounds). You will be able to have two apps open side by side. You also have a nice little drag handle so you can give more screen space to an app. Let’s say you receive a text message through the built-in messages app whilst working on a document, you can open up messages and your document in split view. Once you’ve replied you can then simply use the vertical bar in the middle to bring messages off of the screen and get back to the document.
Notes has also been refined. As well as putting in text (just like with Yosemite), you can now add pictures as well as video and links to other websites. You also have a view to see all of the pictures that you have attached to various notes.
Another feaure that’s getting some refinements for El Capitan is Mission Control. You can basically create a space with a split view. Rather than seeing a section for all your spaces, there is now a bar across the top where you can access your open apps. You can also swipe (if you have a trackpad or MacBook) to get at your spaces.
So, when can you get your hands on El Capitan? Well if you cannot wait to try it out, then you can join the beta program and download a preview version in July. Otherwise, El capitan will be a free upgrade that you will be able to get in the Autumn.
On first impressions, it seems like El Capitan borrows some features from Windows 10 like the split view and some from evernote and OneNote with the built in notes app. So whilst it’s not really innovative or anything to write home about, there are some neat things that Apple are bringing to the table especially with Notes. There are also a lot of people whon’t want to download another app for their note-taking. Therefore, if you have part of the functionality that Evernote or Microsoft OneNote then you probably won’t need to download anything else.
Either way, when it releases I will be downloading it and giving you my review.