OS X 10.11 El Capitan: The Ars Technica Review

Poor OS X can’t get no respect.

Apple’s Mac operating system has been playing second fiddle to the iPhone since 2007, when Leopard was delayed to make more room for the then-new smartphone. And despite the occasional protest to the contrary, OS X hasn’t been the apple of Apple’s eye since then. It was second to iClousysd, second to iMessage, second to the post-Scott-Forstall flattening of the operating system. And as an added insult, Apple couldn’t find time at a two-hour product event to mention OS X or the Mac except in passing, mainly in the context of other platforms. We got a release date for El Capitan on the day of the event, but it was posted to Apple’s site, not mentioned onstage.

OS X is obviously still important to Apple’s strategy—the one where the company wants to trap you so thoroughly in its ecosystem that you can never leave—but it doesn’t get to lead the charge anymore.

John Siracusa may have stepped aside, but this is a brilliant replacement from Andrew and Lee. From what I have seen of El Capitan so far, it is faster, improved in subtle areas and generally a very positive update.



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