Yesterday was all about Apple. There's a new iPhone, a new iPad and a new Apple TV.
One thing they didn't spend a lot of time talking about was Mac. But while all the hype was happening in the Bill Graham Civic auditorium, Apple was quietly updating the OS X page on its website with the release date.
The latest operating system for Mac computers, called El Capitan, will be ready for the public at the end of this month, September 30, 2015. There are a host of improvements with El Capitan from the obvious to the obscure buried deep inside the heart of the system.
The outward changes will make it easier and more intuitive to use. The big changes under the hood will speed up your Mac and help the battery last longer. Both efforts will be very welcomed.
As our computers fill up with more stuff, such as photos, emails, documents and forms, quickly finding the exact thing you are looking for becomes even more important.
Apple calls the search function on Macs "Spotlight." It's that little magnifying glass icon in the far upper right corner of your Mac screen. In El Capitan, Spotlight is smarter and more intuitive. Using the new Spotlight should give you better, more relevant results.
Plus, Apple has designed Spotlight to better understand your natural language. For instance, you could ask for something like “Mail I ignored from Bill,” and Spotlight will try to find unread messages from Bill in your mailbox.
If you lose your cursor when using El Capitan, all you need to do is jiggle your mouse and the cursor pops up 10 times bigger than normal so you can quickly find your place and continue working. When working with multiple apps, El Capitan easily manages split-screen views so you never lose a window behind another, or have to keep switching back and forth between apps.
There are also some big changes in Apple's Web browser, Safari.
One of the most notable is when there is music or sound playing from an open tab when you have several up. Safari instantly shows you the offending tab, allowing you to mute just that tab. That's great, especially if there's audio you do want from another tab or application.
These little improvements add up to one great upgrade. So mark your calendars for September 30 and get ready to try El Capitan on your Mac computer.