Get it now: OS X update boosts Mac performance


A new beta is out for OS X El Capitan.
El Capitan's third big update brings performance enhancements and bug fixes.
Photo: Apple

The newest build of OS X El Capitan is now available to the public after undergoing a month of beta testing.

OS X 10.11.3 can now be downloaded and installed by all Mac users with supported hardware. It’s a free update that promises to bring a number of enhancements, including performance improvements and tons of bug fixes.

The update is light on major feature additions and focuses mostly on under-the-hood improvements. Users can download OS X 10.11.3 via the Software Update option in the Mac App Store.

Apple has already begun beta testing the next version of El Capitan, OS X 10.11.4. The first beta of the follow-up upgrade brought more bug fixes and speed improvements. The polished version should debut in a few months alongside iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2.

  • Tom

    Sooo, I assume you’ve benchmarked 10.11.3 against 10.11.2?

  • MleB1

    So more of a Patch than an Upgrade, then. I know the word ‘patch’ makes Macolytes twitch uncontrollably and Cupertino get into a huff, but let’s face it – more of the same with ‘fixes’ and vague’ish ‘enhancements’ is a patch.

    • Richard Liu

      I believe that they used the term “update”, not “upgrade”.

      • MleB1

        My mistake. You’re quite right. In Apple’ese, a ‘patch’ is an ‘update’. ‘Update’ sounds less like they’re fixing a f*ckup than ‘patch’ does. Now if only these fixes (regardless of OS) didn’t create their own problems…

      • Richard Liu

        I guess you’re not working at IT industrial. This update ( or patch, whatever ) only accumulate the version number from 10.11.2 to 10.11.3. In IT industrial this is considered as REGULAR minor update, which may include bugs fix, performance tweaks, minor function changes, etc. The term “patch” is considered as “emergency fix of critical error” by convention. Apple had ever released such patches in the past, but since OS X 10.7 any emergency patch would be automatically downloaded and installed onto your system.

    • DrMuggg

      Who gives a shit? I press a button, voila, system upgraded with either new functions or bugfixes – or both.
      Updating you mac is an enormous non-issue.You update, done. Now let’s get back to work……

      • MleB1

        The question remains however why these problems exist in released products from Apple in the first place. Unlike other OSs, where the hardware and software may be combined from a wide variety of suppliers and mashed together with the hope that the OS can cope, Apple has its own OS on a very limited number of products, built for them with detailed technical specifications from them and built from a specific number of suppliers and with no 3rd Party bloatware included. And they vet what other after-purchase software is acceptable.

        New security concerns aside (though Apple has never been good at protecting against that, because it’s “not needed”), I’m therefore not sure how sloppy coding gets into the consumer’s hands.

      • LemonB

        If you wanted to prove that you can post for the sake of posting well you did it. But your posts are worthless fodder offering nothing more than the opinion of a complete moron that doesn’t even offer a factual base. So please stfu as you are making life intolerably boring ! If you were a kind person you would go jump off a cliff and save us from your future posts.

  • Mike FAulkner

    Well I’m finding Safari really sluggish after the upgrade, don’t know about the rest of you?