These Macs and MacBooks are getting the OS X El Capitan update

This autumn Apple rolls out the OS X El Capitan update to users of Mac or MacBook. Wondering if your Mac will also get the update? Read on for an overview of the devices to be updated.

El Capitan OS X update

Apple is known for the great support that the company provides for its products. For example, given in iPhone 4S and iPad 2 launched in 2011 they will receive an update to iOS 9 this fall. Simultaneously with the new iOS version, Apple announced OS X El Capitan. This update this fall is probably available for all devices below.

  • iMac (Mid 2007 and newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid / late 2007 and newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 and newer
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 and newer
  • MacBook (Late 2008 / early 2009 and newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 and newer)
  • Xserve (early 2009)

Currently, the El Capitan OS X update is available for Mac developers, and Apple is planning a public beta in July for users connected to the Appleseed beta program. Consumer release is planned for this fall.

This is new in OS X El Capitan

El Capitan (OS X 10:11) is dominated by a few major improvements to Spotlight, Mission Control, multitasking, built-in apps and Metal. There are also several innovations present in Safari, such as the ability to pin sites. Visually, there is relatively little changed in the new OS X version.

OSX El Capitan
OSX El Capitan default desktop.

However, the Spotlight search is smarter, which is partly due to the integration of Siri. This allows you to search further, for example, emails sent at a particular time by a particular person. Furthermore, El Capitan is faster and more stable and provide the development tool Metal. Metal allows apps and games run better and more efficiently in OS X.

Mission Control, with which it is possible to view applications on assigned desktops, is also improved. Thus, the blur effect is no longer applied on the desktop background, the bar at the top is no longer expanded when you work with a desktop and you have the option to drag windows to the top bar to display them directly on a full screen.