OS X "El Capitan" Aims To Offer Better Performance, Metal Graphics
Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software on 8 June 2015 at 02:56 PM EDT. 24 Comments
PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE --
With Apple's WWDC event this week, they've revealed OS X 10.11 as being codenamed El Capitan. Here's some details about Apple's OS that will be competing this year with the likes of Windows 10, Fedora 23, and Ubuntu 15.10.

OS X El Capitan is slated to offer performance improvements, improvements to the user-experience, a more powerful Spotlight search offering, improvements to window management, and support for Metal.

Metal is Apple's graphics API to date only on iOS but now with OS X 10.11 there will be support on the desktop -- sadly, Vulkan wasn't brought up. The Metal graphics engine on OS X is even supposed to benefit the opening of apps and that PDFs supposedly render around 4x faster.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is expected for release this fall and will be a free upgrade for Apple users.

Like with the forthcoming Windows 10, I mention it here just to make known what the new competition and features for Linux are come later this year. Once Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 are out, I'll certainly be running some fresh benchmarks to see how the performance compares against various Linux distributions.
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