Can’t wait to try iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan? Us neither. Last year’s OS X Yosemite update was simply fantastic, bringing a bunch of useful new features to Mac, as well as a host of iPhone-centric features like Hand off and Continuity.
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This year’s OS X update looks to build on all of these things and more, as well as add in some much needed security features. Apple has been going features crazy of late, so this year’s iOS and OS X update will focus on stability and optimisation rather than new features, of which there will be few.
Apple promised a public beta of both iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, said it would likely be available in July. Well, it’s now July and true to its word, Apple has now made OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 available as a public beta, meaning both are now in the hands of millions of people around the globe for testing.
This is the first time Apple has done this sort of thing with iOS, following on from its first iOS beta with iOS 8.3 in March. Apple had great success with this public beta testing initiative with Yosemite and is now hoping to bring this fast-paced bug checking to its world-dominating iOS platform.
“Not all features are yet available to try, however,” reports The Inq. “Apple’s Flipboard-style News app is notably absent for UK iPhone and iPad users, although some eagle-eyed users have said that it can be enabled by changing Region settings to the US. To download the iOS beta, you’ll need to register your Apple ID on Apple’s Beta Programme site. From here, you’ll need to enrol your iDevice, download the OS Beta Configuration Profile and then update to iOS 9 via the Settings menu on your iPhone or iPad.”
Read on to find out more about iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan…
This is the big one. The one thing we knew for sure would be making an appearance at WWDC 2015 and, as expected, there’s quite a lot more to iOS 9 than meets the eye. Sure, it’s all about stability but there are also quite a few useful new features under the hood. Apple has revamped Siri, Maps, multi-screen application support for the iPad and a brand spanking new Notes application.
“iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalised to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture.”
OS X El Capitan
I freaking love this name. It makes me think of some salty old dog who took too way much acid back in the 1970s and now resides in a trailer on a beach and grows his own pot. Sort of like this guy…
El Capitan introduces a bunch of enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — faster. Metal, Apple’s bespoke graphics technology, is now integrated inside El Capitan, and should result in an uplift in a significant increase in performance.
“OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — are faster and more responsive.”