Apple has released beta 5 of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers. The build comes with behind the scenes improvements and fixes but no visible improvements over beta 4.
OS X 10.11 El Capitan builds on Yosemite by being a Snow Leopard type release. It brings performance improvements, optimisations, battery life improvements and features such as an enhanced Mission Control, windows snapping, updates to Mail, Safari and much more. For all users like us, who were disappointed with Yosemite and the issues it had, El Capitan fixes all those concerns and even aims to please powers users with improved functionality.
Yours truly has been on the developers betas since release 1 and I have not looked back at all to Yosemite. Despite being in beta, it is much better than Yosemite and has given an extended life to my 2013 MacBook Air 13 inch model.
In case you are not a developer, you can go ahead and give the public beta a try. Make sure you do not try it on your main machine though. Despite all the benefits, it is still a beta and third party apps do not play along well. I have noticed issues with Pixelmator, Blogo and a few Adobe apps but apart from that, the OS itself is rock stable.
Developers can go to Apple’s developer website to download beta 5 or check Mac App Store for an update, if they are on a previous beta. Public beta users can sign up on Apple’s beta software program website to download and install it.