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Everything you need to know about OS X El Capitan

With new apps and system improvements, there's plenty to love about OS X El Capitan

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For most, the biggest announcement made at WWDC was the next update to OS X. Named El Capitan, the update brings in many new features to your Mac experience, making it a faster, more responsive and easier to use update than Yosemite. As soon as you look at El Capitan the first thing you’ll notice is the new system font used, which has been specifically tailored for a Retina display. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find both Spotlight and Mission Control are smarter than before, with the former now working with more topics than ever.

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On the apps side of things, Safari now uses a Pinned Sites feature to keep all of your favourite websites open and active in your tab bar, while Mail now uses Smart Suggestions to help send multiple emails quicker than ever before. In Photos, users are able to sort albums by date or title and there’s now added support for more third-party extensions downloadable from the Mac App Store. The biggest update to Apple’s first party apps is in Notes. The app now enables users to drag and drop photos, PDFs and videos into any created note, while it also supports content from both Safari and Maps as well. There’s also added support for keeping your notes in sync when uploading them to iCloud.

Under the hood, there’s a ton of system improvements worth noting about OS X El Capitan. System-level rendering has dramatically improved when using any of Apple’s core apps, while there’s more added efficiency when gaming to provide a more fluid experience. There’s added international languages support, including a new Chinese system font and an array of new Japanese typefaces.

The developer preview of OS X El Capitan will be available later today from the Mac Developer Program. A full public release will be available later this year.

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