It’s been a busy day for software releases. Just a few minutes after releasing iOS 9.0.2 for the iPhone and iPad, Apple has unveiled OS X El Capitan to the general public. You can download OS X 10.11 from the Mac App Store now for free.
While last year’s major release – OS X Yosemite – was a significant visual overhaul, El Capitan is focused mainly on performance tweaks. But there are definitely some notable improvements for Mac users.
Just like in iOS 9, Mac users can enjoy a full-screen Split View running two different programs simultaneously. You won’t need to manually resize or drag windows around.
Along with a streamlined Mission Control feature, another great addition is a smarter Spotlight search. You can now search for weather, stocks, sports, Web videos, and transit information. It also accepts more natural language searches. For example, you can search for “Documents I edited yesterday.” The search window can also be resized and moved anywhere on the screen.
Safari has also received some much needed improvements. You can keep your favorite site open and up-to-date with the new Pinned Sites feature. Users can also mute annoying Web page audio from the Smart Search field.
Other changes include an all-new Notes app, faster graphics with the Metal API first used on iOS, and handy additions to the Mail, Photos, and Maps apps.