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Mac OS X 10.11 release date rumours: all the new features expected in Yosemite successor

Karen Haslam | May 29, 2015
Here are all the rumours about the new features and the release date of Mac OS X 10.11.

In this article we have pulled together all the rumours and speculation about what Apple is planning for the next version of OS X. We have the expected release date of Mac OS X 10.11, along with system requirements, and some insight into the new features that Apple is said to be developing for the next version of its operating system. We'll keep adding to this article as we here more about what to expect in OS X 10.11.

In just a few days from now we will know something of what we can expect from OS X 10.11, the latest version of OS X that will succeed Yosemite. We are expecting Apple to preview the new version of the Mac operating system alongside iOS 9 at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday 8 June. Find out what else we expect to see announced at WWDC here: WWDC 2015 rumours, date & expectations.

There are lots of rumours flying around the web suggesting that the latest OS X update will focus mainly on stability and security, but we are hearing there will be some new features that consumers should enjoy. What we do know for sure is that the new version of OS X will be an improvement on OS X 10.10, and given the various issues that have plagued OS X Yosemite, this has to be a good thing.

What will the next OS X be called?

One of the first things people are likely to complain about is the numbering of OS X 10.11, just as last year when people got into a debate about whether a release should be numbered OS X 10.10 or if that should role over to OS X 11, or simply OS 11, given that the X is pronounced 10, as in Roman Numerals (you'd be surprised at how few people realize this). We imagine that when Apple named the operating system OS Ten all those years ago they didn't expect to eventually be talking about OS Ten, ten dot eleven. Perhaps this is why Apple now focuses on the operating system's more friendly name, either the Californian landmark (Yosemite or Mavericks) or big cat (Lion, Snow Leopard, and so on).

With iOS 9 soon to arrive, the true confusion of the numbering will really become apparent next year when Apple launches iOS 10 Maybe then the two operating systems will merge - otherwise the following year we would have iOS 11 and OS X 10.13 and that would just be silly.

So maybe Apple should drop the numbers altogether, in many ways it has, in all its marketing materials and all over the website Yosemite is never referred to as OS X 10.10. Just as OS X Yosemite. The only place you will see the numbers is on the Mac App Store when you go to download it and in About This Mac, when you check the version of the OS you are running.


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