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Issue 13.4 ('"El Capitan"')
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WWDC 2015

What OS X "El Capitan" will mean to Xojo developers

Issue: 13.4 (July/August 2015)
Author: Sam Rowlands
Author Bio: Sam is a pixelMancer and codeWeaver at Ohanaware.
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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) used to make me feel like a little child on Christmas eve, excited about what we might receive the following day. WWDC 2014 changed that with Yosemite. Apple tried to change too much of the OS in such a short period of time, resulting in a buggy and unreliable version. A year later and Yosemite still has issues with Wi-fi, crashing, and graphical glitches.

The rumor mill had been suggesting that Apple would release a "Snow Yosemite" this year. (OS X 10.6, dubbed "Snow Leopard" was a refactored version of 10.5, focusing on performance and stability.) I truly hoped this was the case.

The Keynote speech

If you didn't see it, head on over to the Apple developer's website and watch the first few minutes of it. I loved the opening sequence. It was different from previous openings, and helped to ease the anxiety with comical relief. I was then happy to see Tim Cook on stage and the excitement almost set in.

OS X 10.11

Very quickly Apple addressed this year's OS X update, saving us from the anticipation. Craig Federighi rushed us through the main features of the new release. "Experience and Performance" were their areas of focus, so surely this translated to "Stability and Performance"... "Snow Yosemite" it is! (The new OS is actually called "El Capitan," which is one of the mountain peaks in Yosemite National Park, making the naming similar to the way Snow Leopard built on Leopard.)

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