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Apple Seeds 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to Developers, Reseeds 5th Beta to Public Testers

Apple today released the seventh beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the sixth El Capitan beta and more than two months after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has also re-seeded the fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers after accidentally releasing it yesterday and then pulling it.

The update, build number 15A263e for developers and 15A262e for public beta testers, is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

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In recent weeks, Apple has been pushing rapid updates for OS X El Capitan, all of which have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public debut. Few design changes have been made in the most recent betas, but beta 7 includes some minor tweaks like a new Safari welcome screen, a new color for the El Capitan logo in "About This Mac," and a setting to disable the "Shake mouse pointer to locate" feature.


OS X El Capitan is designed to improve features introduced with OS X Yosemite, focusing on performance and user experience. A number of apps and processes on the Mac are much faster with El Capitan, and the introduction of Metal for Mac brings system-level graphics rendering that's 40 percent more efficient.

As for user experience, El Capitan includes a new systemwide San Francisco font, a revamped Mission Control feature, a new Split View feature for using two full-screen apps at once, deeper functionality for Spotlight, and several new features for Safari, including Pinned Sites for housing frequently visited websites and a universal mute button that quiets all tabs.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan is available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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13 months ago

anyone know if this solves the ms office crashes (excel, word & outlook)?


Nope. Crashes are automatically built in all MS products... ;-)
Rating: 16 Votes
13 months ago

Have they fixed the green button to work as it should? (maximize instead of fullscreen?). Most annoying bug in all of OSX. Can't believe Apple hasnt fixed this since yosemite.


This is not a bug, that's intentional. That will never be fixed.
Rating: 14 Votes
13 months ago
Very slow download speed. Can everyone please stop their download so I can get it faster. Thanks :)
Rating: 11 Votes
13 months ago

Man, I will have to wait a LONG time until this flat, loud-colored, plain-text software design trend goes away and Apple comes back to ELEGANCE.

A shame, 'cause their hardware is still top notch.

Somebody tackle Jony Ive!!! :mad:

People are still complaining about this?
Rating: 10 Votes
13 months ago

One new wallpaper.

Now we know why they pulled it yesterday, since the people who managed to download the beta reported no new wallpapers. Finally an explanation!
Rating: 10 Votes
13 months ago
Downloaded in 1 minute, 1000mbit (1gbit) connection here :) (NL)
Rating: 8 Votes
13 months ago

Have they fixed the green button to work as it should? (maximize instead of fullscreen?). Most annoying bug in all of OSX. Can't believe Apple hasnt fixed this since yosemite.


Just hold down the Alt key and press the green button. The maximise feature hasn't disappeared; you only have to look for it ;-).

Let's hope OS X El Capitan is stable when it is released, but so far users are not disappointed with it (apart from the ones that expected only new features)
Rating: 6 Votes
13 months ago

anyone know if this solves the ms office crashes (excel, word & outlook)?


Office 2016 has been working for me this whole time. Maybe you should run Microsoft's Office Autoupdate.
Rating: 6 Votes
13 months ago

Whoever thought that was the proper direction needs to be fired.


It was done because the vast majority of OS X expected the maximise button to behave like a full screen as it does in Windows hence it was changed to accommodate new comers to OS X as well as existing users who were fed up with the inconsistent behaviour of maximisation. Personally I think the whole idea of maximising and going full screen doesn't make any sense - technology has advanced to the stage where we can have multiple applications running at once and the ability to drag and drop between windows or to multi-task using the Dock and it amazes me how people want to go back 20 years because of some mythical, "I'm more productive!" when in reality it was simply bad habits picked up then re-enforced by Windows and people around them believing 'this is the way things are done'.
Rating: 6 Votes
13 months ago

I am really looking forward to this release. When do we anticipate that?

I expect 9/9/15, right after the "most amazing iPhone EVER!" announcement.

(and the deafening silence of millions of Apple TV4 anticipators facepalming.)
Rating: 5 Votes

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