Earlier Apple introduced their next major OS X update in the form of OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Now we’re sure some of you guys are wondering with this update, will your current Mac be able to support it, or might it be time to consider an upgrade or stick it out with OS X Yosemite? Well the good news is that if you can run Yosemite, El Capitan should not be an issue for you.
This is according to the OS X 10.11 release notes spotted by ArsTechnica in which the requirements one needs for El Capitan is pretty much the same as Yosemite. For those who want specifics, this means you need to own an iMac 2007 or newer, a late 2008 MacBook Air or newer, a late 2008 MacBook or early 2009 model, an early 2009 or newer Mac mini, a mid/late 2007 MacBook Pro, early 2008 Mac Pro, or an early 2009 Xserve.
Like we said, these are pretty much the same specs that one needs to run OS X Yosemite so if your Mac can handle Yosemite, then El Capitan should run just fine on your device. Unlike Yosemite which a lot of new graphics and user interface, El Capitan will focus on performance under the hood of the operating system.
According to Apple, they are promising that apps will launch 1.4x faster and switching between apps has also been improved where it be switched twice as fast from before. The operating system will also for the first time bring Apple’s Metal onto OS X. This should in theory result in more fluid performance in games, apps, and other processes the might require a lot of graphics. OS X El Capitan is pegged for a release this fall with a public beta available in July.
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