Apple has announced that the next version of Mac OS will have the eye-catching moniker El Capitan, and will come with numerous new features that refine, rather than overhaul, the platform.
These range from simple improvements such as being able to find the cursor more easily by shaking the track pad or mouse to increase its size briefly, to being able to locate and stop music playing on web tabs.
Other changes include improvements to the Spotlight search function to provide more data on areas of interest, such as stock prices, sport scores and weather data. App multi-tasking has also been improved with a new ‘split view’ function.
The new software will be available in beta from July. Apple did not say when it will launch officially but it is likely to be at some point in the autumn, possibly around September when the next version of iOS will also launch.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook also revealed that the firm will launch a new version of Apple Watch OS that will allow developers to create native apps for the device that don’t require pairing with an iPhone.
“We have a new version of Watch OS which gives developers more time to create even greater apps for the Watch that will change the world,” he said. “This is a giant moment. This is how we felt when we launched the App Store.”
This will launched as part of the Watch OS 2.0 update, which includes new features for developers, most notably the ability to take advantage of the digital crown for apps.
Despite the talk about the new features for the smartwatch, Apple did not reveal how many units have been sold since launch. Cook did not give the usual business update on Apple’s performance during the keynote.
“Everything is going great,” Cook joked, no doubt buoyed by record sales of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that hit the market last year.
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