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OS X El Capitan Updates Now Available, Here’s How You Can Install It

For Apple the iPhone accounts for about 60 per cent of its revenues, and while the sales of the iPad are slowing, it still remains a massive business. This also means iOS is the platform that Apple is most focused on, which powers both these devices. That being true, Apple’s MacBook and iMac line of computers are considered to be some of the best notebooks and desktops around and OS X which powers them also gets updated on a yearly basis.

The good news for users of all these machines is Apple’s latest version of OS X is out can be downloaded right now. It is called El Capitan, which is the successor to Yosemite. It may not be colossal update the way Windows 10 is for Microsoft, but for Mac users it adds a number of new enhancements, feature updates, which most certainly enhance the user experience. Most of all things, it is a free update.

If you intend to make the plunge to El Capitan, then you should keep a couple of things in mind, which will ensure that you have a trouble-free experience.

Firstly, you have to make sure that you’re using a Mac laptop or desktop, which is running an Intel processor. That can be done easily. All you need to do is click on the Apple logo on the top left corner of your screen and then click on the ‘about this Mac’ option. Here’s where you get to know what kind of processor your machine is running. Apple started using Intel processors in its machines back in 2007, which means most machines that have been bought after 2007 will be upgradable. MacBook (Early 2015), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer), Xserve (Early 2009) are officially supported as per Apple’s page on El Capitan.

The basic system requirements for El Capitan dictate a minimum of 2GB RAM, and a minimum of 8.8GB of internal storage, which is probably the amount of space the operating system will take up. It also needs you to be running on OS X 10.6.8, which is widely known as Snow Leopard. It is still possible for you to upgrade if you’re not running on Snow Leopard and are something older, but the process will not be a direct upgrade and likely it will be more tedious.

Once you upgrade to El Capitan, you will get a host of new features like a split-screen mode. However, all features are not coming to all Macs. Depending to the version of your Mac you will get features. For instance, if you want to enjoy the hand-off functionality, then you can’t have a Mac older than 2012. In addition, you will also need an iPhone.

As for the installation, all you need to do is to go to the app store and start the El Capitan download. It is a big 6.08GB file, so you better be on fast Wi-Fi connection if you intend to download the operating system quickly. The installation process is straight-forward and doesn’t take more than 20 minutes.

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