The new version of the operating system for Mac computers – OS X El Capitan – according to Apple, provides users with a variety of enhancements in the areas of functionality, usability and performance. One of the achievements of the new software platform has become graphics technology Metal, which debuted last year in iOS.
Using API technology Metal, developers get direct access to the GPU, so the speed drawing graphics is increased to 10 times. Integration of Metal into the operating system allows the use of a normal OpenGL applications to gain performance up to 50%, while reducing CPU load by 40% and thus extending the duration of battery life.
Furthermore, the use of Metal allows to achieve productivity gains and non-gaming applications. According to Apple, Adobe, implementing Metal API into their applications, reported an eightfold acceleration of rendering in After Effects and significant improvement in the smoothness of the mapping document in Illustrator.
Itself OS X El Capitan will work on all computers that support OS X Yosemite. Metal, unfortunately, will not be supported on all Mac, which starts “the Captain”. Among the compatible include models released no earlier than 2012.
- MacBook 12-inch (early 2015)
- MacBook Air 11-inch (mid 2012 and later)
- MacBook Air 13-inch (mid 2012 and later)
- MacBook Pro 13-inch (mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina (late 2012 and later)
- MacBook Pro 15-inch (mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (mid 2012 and later)
- Mac mini (late 2012 and later)
- iMac 21.5-inch (late 2012 and later)
- iMac 27-inch (late 2012 and later)
- iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch (late 2013 and later)
- Mac Pro (mid 2012)
In addition to supporting technology Metal new platform Apple can boast improved functionality and a number of improvements “under the hood”. OS X El Capitan received a significant increase in performance: the application launcher is 1.4 times faster switching between apps and opening the first letter in Mail — in 2 times, and opening a PDF in the Preview application — 4 times.
The program is a public beta of OS X El Capitan will begin next month, and registered third-party developers the first beta version immediately after the opening of the WWDC.