The Keynote for the week-long San Francisco-based developers conference saw the launches of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9 as well as Apple’s new streaming music service, Apple Music. We also saw a newfound commitment to diversity both in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s exclusive interview with Mashable and in the much-needed female presence on the WWDC stage.
Below you’ll find everything that’s worth knowing about from Monday’s keynote.
OS X El Capitan
The latest version of Mac OS X was unveiled today and with it comes upgrades in both user experience and performance. Users will get a variety of updates for Apple’s native apps and some new gesture controls to play with. Multitasking functionality will also be improved via the ability to place two windows next to each other, something that Windows users already enjoy.
Spotlight will be able to search for more different types of information more intelligently and users will be able to resize and move the search window. In Safari, you will now be able to mute tabs and bookmark frequently visited sites on the left side of the window, sort of like a more elegant bookmarks bar.
Mail will benefit from new gesture controls that allow users to swipe to delete or mark mail, as well as increased search functionality. Notes has also been revamped, allowing users to attach various files to their notes. Apple will also be employing a new system font, San Francisco, which has been used on the Apple Watch.
Gaming on OS X will also see a healthy boost via Metal (first released for iOS 8 last year), a core-level technology which is designed to improve the performance of graphics on the system.
As for the system’s name, El Capitan refers to a peak in Yosemite National Park, keeping in line with Apple’s new practice of naming its OS X versions after landmarks in California.
Users will be able to download El Capitan as a public beta in July and as a free update this fall.
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