Apple launches OS X 10.11 El Capitan: Here's how to get it

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Apple just released its next-generation operating system for Macs, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, to the public.

If you haven’t been using a developer or public beta version over the last few months, here’s how to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan: First, make sure you can. El Capitan supports the follow Macs running OS X Snow Leopard and on:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • 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)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)

Is your Mac on that list? Then head on over to the Mac App Store and click on Updates. El Capitan will show up as a software update. You can also click on this link to go directly to the El Capitan download.

The Macworld staff has been diving deep this summer into all of El Capitan’s new features. Once you’re set up with the new version, take some time to read our coverage and decide which changes will help you make the most of your Mac.

El Capitan FAQ: Everything you need to know about OS X 10.11

How to install OS X El Capitan 

OS X El Capitan review: Mac upgrade that’s as solid as a rock

11 El Capitan features that make upgrading worthwhile

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Hands-on with Safari 9 in El Capitan: Little changes make a big difference

Hands-on with Spaces, Mission Control, and Split View in El Capitan

How to make a bootable OS X 10.11 El Capitan installer drive

Hands-on with Maps in El Capitan: Public transportation gets front and center

Hands-on with Notes 4 in El Capitan

How to get El Capitan features without upgrading to El Capitan

Have questions about El Capitan? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll try to find answers.

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