Apple today at its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) announced a slew of updates to all three of its major operating systems, starting with its Mac OS X. Mark Gurman in John Gruber's last episode of the Talk Show predicted with awesome accuracy that Apple might call its next Mac OS X OS, the El Cap as it is expected to be a moderate update to the previous huge revision, Mac OS X Yosemite (El Capitan is a vertical rock formation in the Yosemite national park - Wikipedia) and his prediction turned out to be 100% accurate (like most of his recent predictions/scoops). Apple's new Mac OS X version will be free and be available in the Fall and will be called Mac OS X El Capitan.
Apple posted a webpage for its new OS, here and has highlighted some of its most important features. From improved Mission Control to more powerful Spotlight and some nifty feature additions to Safari, there are some nice improvements to look for in this version of OS X. For a more comprehensive list of features that Apple did not showcase in today's Keynote, head over to 9to5mac.com.
But I was mostly curious about two features, one called the Split View to easily affix open windows to either half of your computer screen, to work with two windows simultaneously. This is definitely not something new and Windows has had this feature of cascading open windows automatically to fixed layout locations on the desktop, since a long time ago, I think from Windows 7 onwards. And this feature on Windows has been polished even further with its Windows 8 as well. Having to work with a Windows laptop for my day Job, I have a lot of experience with Windows and though most of the times, I hate using my Dell laptop with Windows on it, of the very few occasions I wish that my Mac had a Windows feature, this split screen mode was one. It is indeed very useful for a lot of scenarios mainly working with multiple monitors at the same time. So I am glad that Apple decided to borrow this one from Windows, though it is long overdue.
The second nifty little Safari add on is a volume mute button specifically for Safari tabs. A volume symbol on the Safari address bar shows which of the active tabs are the source of the sound and allows you to mute any one or more importantly all of them. This is one of those occasions where as a user, you feel that Apple just read your mind and fixed an annoyance that was so bothersome to you. It also kind of reassures you that you are not alone with this problem as for Apple to fix it, it must be quite widespread. Another awesome add on and to my knowledge, the first of its kind to be natively built into a web browser.