When Apple execs took the stage last week for the company’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), they covered a lot of ground — discussing changes to iOS 9, updates to watchOS, details about the company’s music-streaming plans and specifics about OS X 10.11, better known as El Capitan. All three platforms will see improvements focused on performance, privacy and refinements when they arrive later this year.
With El Capitan, Apple continues the pattern it set first with the Leopard and Snow Leopard releases: That is, the naming convention signifies that the new version of OS X is more about refinements to its predecessor — in this case, 2014’s Yosemite — than it is about new features. (El Capitan is named after the famous rock formation in Yosemite National Park.)
While El Capitan offers a slew of smart changes to Yosemite, it does offer a dash of useful new features, too. Here are the ones I’m looking forward to most.