Published: Wed, September 16, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

El Capitan - release date confirmed for September 30

El Capitan - release date confirmed for September 30

Apple yesterday quietly revealed that it will release OS X El Capitan, the successor to last year's Yosemite, on September 30. Buried underneath the avalanche of product announcements were the confirmations of when the upcoming updates to Apple's three current operating systems would be released.

We've come to expect a lot of mystery and even more fanfare out of Apple's events, and it's usually with good reason. This new OS X release will also introduce Swift 2, Apple's programming language for apps.

It makes sense for developers to have to create specific apps for the new tvOS software - the difference in screen size, the remote interface and the user's distance from the panel all mean a traditional iOS app wouldn't offer the best experience on Apple TV without serious work. The date might have been mentioned in passing during a live presentation by Craig Federighi, Apple's senior VP( head of the software engineering department).

If past trends repeat, El Capitan will capture a significant portion of the overall OS X share in its first full month of availability.

El Capitan - release date confirmed for September 30
El Capitan - release date confirmed for September 30

Key feature updates in iOS 9 include an improved Siri and new multitasking capabilities, and tweaks specifically for multitasking in the iPad, such as split view, much like the productivity features available in Microsoft's Surface Pro and some Android devices. Do any of you use a Mac?

But if you're after the GM (that's gold master) build of El Capitan, you're in luck. The new El Capitan desktop OS has chiefly been created to support more multi-tasking and more intuitive usage. Improvements in performance, both under the hood and in features like Spotlight searches, are scattered throughout the OS.


As with iOS 9, El Capitan is a smaller, incremental update created to bolster OS X's usability. Moreover the El Capitan's official page says that the launch date will be on September the 30th. "We wanted to build on the strengths of Yosemite with some great refinements and advancements".

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