I’ve recently decided to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan. My first thought is: what is with their newest iteration of Mac OS?
Just a disclaimer, I did look up the list of changed features. Here they are from MacRumors:
- Performance improvements
- Improved Spotlight
- “Split” screen
- Note app improvements
- Metal graphics technology
- Safari updates
Overall, the good that I can’t really give super well constructed thoughts on are performance improvements and the Metal graphics technology. There’s always an opportunity to make doing things on a computer better than the previous OS. The concept of Metal graphics technology is a logical step to making Mac more accessible to gaming but is not something I can really give comment on.
For the rest of the points, these are tidbits that Google and Microsoft have done for a long time now. It’s great that Spotlight now can be used a search engine rather than just a local search on your Mac. I have no idea how long this took to develop and I’m sure the engineers worked hard on making the experience feel good but Google’s search bar available on their mobile devices has done this for awhile now. This just seemed like a natural trajectory of Spotlight to make the service competitive. Same comments can be applied to the “split” screen, which isn’t even a split screen. One of the most confusing things about Macs when I first started using them was the fact that the green button made a window full screen while taking up the full screen. You know, maybe I want something to take up the full screen but I don’t really want the application to be the sole point of my attention. The split screen feature plays off of this because now you can put two fullscreen applications side by side. This feature is just as frustrating to setup as it is to dismantle. Skip this and just get BetterSnapTool which mimics what Windows has been doing since their release of 7. I don’t personally use Safari but the functionality mimics what has been in Chrome for awhile.
What I do absolutely love is the updated Notes app. I can achieve much more functionality with it than Google Keep alone but I’m a little sad that I can’t just magically sync everything to all services. I guess that is a rant for another day.
Other tidbits that I absolutely love that wasn’t highlighted over at MacRumors is the option to remove the Dashboard. I absolutely hated that I accidentally swiped to a screen that I was not using but didn’t have the option to remove. Widgets simply do not have a place in my life when I have my phone to handle information that needs to be easily accessible. When opening Mission Control, the windows are a lot more organized and easy to get to and the banner up top is collapsed. I do wish I could label my desktop since now that I can see the labels.