September 30, 2015
By Max Buondonno
I have a 2010 MacBook Pro with an Intel Core i5 chip clocked in at 2.4Ghz with 4GB of RAM which I’ve been running El Capitan on. When I ran Yosemite on it, the OS would stutter all over the place, especially Spotlight and the notifications panel. I had no clue why it would do such a thing, but it did. And I thought I’d have the same problem with El Capitan, especially because it was the first beta. I was wrong. It was incredibly smooth! So smooth that it’s as if Apple released the final version of El Capitan right after it’s announcement! Of course, quite a few bugs have been ironed out thanks to the other builds, but isn’t Apple known for releasing an imperfect OS, then fixing it a week later? I’m just saying it could’ve worked out.
Anyway, back to the roundup. As you can tell, I’ve spent much time with Apple’s newest version of OS X (ever since June!), and I’ve been pretty happy with it. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. So without further-a-do, these are the top 5 features I like the most in OS X El Capitan.
1. Split Screen
2. Mission Control
3. Safari Pinned Sites
4. Call Out Your Cursor
“What innovation, right?” – Craig Federighi (WWDC 2015)
These new features just make using Spotlight that much more pleasurable.
Apple really made a lot of improvements to Mail, like a better full screen experience, swipe gestures, and more. The reason this didn’t make my list is because I didn’t use these features all that often, therefore I don’t have too much experience with them. But they are very pleasing new features, and I thought it’d be proper to give them the recognition they deserve.
There’s a lot new with the Notes app in both OS X and iOS. This didn’t make my list either because of the same fact: I didn’t use it too much. But the fact that you can save links to sites, add photos and other types of content, and create bulleted lists, the new Notes app needed at least some acknowledgement from me, so here it is.
Do you agree with the list? Tweet me (@maxbuondonno) and let me know!