The New Version of OS X Arrives Today, and You Should Probably Update

By Chris Mills on at

OS X El Capitan is officially arriving on the interwebs today, complete with a pretty new background picture, and a boatload of new features. If you’ve got a compatible Apple computer (which you probably do), you should get ready to download.
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The best news about El Cap is that it’s free, and your MacBook probably supports it. If you are running Yosemite (or actually, any version of OS X since Mountain Lion), you’re good to go. You don’t even need to be on Yosemite — you can update from older versions too.

The complete list of compatible machines looks like this:

  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminium, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later), (12-inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)

However, to use some of the cooler OS X features like Airdrop and Handoff (which appeared in Yosemite), you’ll need to be running a machine from 2012 or later.

While Apple has officially confirmed that the update is going to land today, September 30 in the Year Of Our Lord 2015, we don’t have a time. But, previous software updates have hit at 5pm GMT, so that’s as good a time as any to start hitting refresh.

When the update becomes available, you just need to go to the App Store and grab the updater. Make sure you’ve got a little spare drive space, and a good internet connection: the installer is 6GB. If you want to start anew, you can download the installer, create a bootable USB drive, and install from that; otherwise, just follow the installer’s instructions, and make sure you have an hour or so of free time to kill. And, as ever, remember to back up first: shit happens.