Difference Between Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 and OS X El Capitan 10.11


Main Difference

The OS X Yosemite is basically the eleventh release of the OS X that is known as the major release of OS X, Apple Inc.’s desktop and server operating system designed and developed for computers based on Macintosh. While the OS X El Capitan (version 10.11) is the very next version of OS X Yosemite. It is the twelfth major release of OS X, Apple Inc.’s. The OS X El Capitan is available for the desktop and server operating system plus computers supported Macintosh. In the Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10, the highest amount of memory which could be allocated to the graphics processor is 1024 MB. On the contrary, the OS X El Capitan 10.11 will provide you maximum of 1536 MB memory that could be used for the same purpose.

What is OS X Yosemite?

The name of the OS X Yosemite 10.10 is approved after following the California landmark-based naming scheme, and thus it is named after the national park with the name of Yosemite. You will find a major renovate of OS X’suser interface in the OS X Yosemite release. The older graphics of skeuomorphism is removed here as it introduced a new flat graphic design. These graphics have the blurred translucency effects, following the aesthetic introduced with iOS 7 and thus pleasing to the eye. The OS X Yosemite 10.10 has come with new plan of icons and the light and dark color schemes along with the replacement of Lucida Grande with Helvetica Neue which works as by design system typeface.


What is OS X El Capitan 10.11?

The California landmark-based naming scheme is also followed in this OS X release. Therefore, the name of El Capitan was adopted after a rock formation in Yosemite National Park. The main focus of this OS X is to cater better performance, stability and security. The El Capitan will come in front of you with more amount of memory that could be allocated to the graphics processor since it has been increased from 1024 MB to 1536 MB on Macs together with the anIntel HD 4000 GPU to offer more facilities. The El Capitan 10.11 fully support the Metal, Apple’s graphics API introduced in iOS 8. From this shore up, the performing in the games and professional applications has speed up. The Apple’s typeface San Francisco is not utilized in it because of the introduction of the Helvetica Neueas the system typeface.


Key Differences

  1. The Mac with Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth 4.0) in addition to the 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of available storage is required to run the OS X Yosemite 10.10. All the Yosemite OS running requirements are needed to run El Capitan but you need to avoid old computers since they will not run every feature of El Capitan such as Apple notes.
  2. In the OS X Yosemite 10.10, we find OpenSSL which is replaced with the LibreSSL in the OS X El Capitan 10.11.
  3. The multi-touch gestures are added in the new version of OS X known as El Capitan 10.11. This feature facilitates the use of many applications such as Mail and Messages. It caters you the authority of deleting or marking emails or conversations just by swiping a finger on a multi-touch device. It is not available in the OS X Yosemite 10.10.
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