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While OS X Yosemite introduced several new high-profile features, such as Handoff, iCloud Drive and Instant Hotspot, the focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance, new security features and system-wide interface tweaks, according to a lengthy report by 9to5Mac.

OS X 10.11 is still expected to gain a handful of noteworthy features, including a systemwide change to Apple Watch font San Francisco and a new Control Center menu similar to iPhone and iPad. Control Center was originally found in early betas of OS X Yosemite, but was not included in the final release.
"Control Center moves many of the controls from the Mac's Menu Bar to a pane that slides out from the left side of the Mac's display, adding on-screen music controls and other iOS-influenced features," the report claims. "However, Control Center reportedly has been in flux during development, and could be pushed back again."
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A possible first look at Control Center for Mac on OS X from 2014
Apple is also reportedly working on a major new kernel-level security system called "Rootless" for OS X and iOS that will help curb malware and protect sensitive data by prohibiting users from accessing certain protected files on Mac and iOS devices. "Rootless" appears to be a permanent feature of iOS, much to the chagrin of the jailbreaking community, but can likely be disabled on OS X.

Apple plans to enhance security one step further by converting many of its core IMAP-based applications on OS X and iOS, such as Notes, Reminders, and Calendar, to have an iCloud Drive backend. Apple expects there to be increased iCloud usage after the transition, so the company is reportedly upgrading its iCloud Drive and CloudKit servers to handle the additional load.
"With iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, Apple plans to transition this sync process to iCloud Drive, which offers better end-to-end encryption and faster syncing than traditional IMAP servers. As an example of how this will work, when a user launches Notes in either of the new Apple operating systems, a splash page offering to move content from the IMAP server over to iCloud Drive will appear, making the transition easy for users."
The company is also testing a new "Trusted Wi-Fi" feature that would enable Macs and iOS devices to connect to trusted wireless routers with no additional security measures, while non-trusted routers would have a heavily encrypted wireless connection. Apple could release the feature later this year or hold off until next year's OS X and iOS releases, according to the report.

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iOS 9 will reportedly support A5-based devices such as the iPhone 4s and iPad mini
Apple is also said to be optimizing iOS 9 to better support older hardware, with the report claiming that even legacy A5-based devices including the iPhone 4s and original iPad mini will be compatible with the upcoming software update. The four-year-old iPad 2 and three-year-old fifth-generation iPod touch, released in March 2011 and October 2012 respectively, are also powered by Apple A5 chips.
"Apple is now building a core version of iOS 9 that runs efficiently on older A5 devices, then enabling each properly performing feature one-by-one. Thanks to this new approach, an entire generation (or two) of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches will be iOS 9-compatible rather than reaching the end of the iOS line."
Last, Apple is said to be preparing a major upgrade to its Swift programming language with "Application Binary Interface (ABI)" stability. Swift applications updated for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 will have preinstalled code binaries that require less space and use less cellular data. The report claims that Apple plans to convert its own apps to Swift in 2016 as part of iOS 10 and OS X 10.12.

Article Link: OS X 10.11 Could Feature Control Center, 'Rootless' Security and More, iOS 9 to Support A5-Based Devices
 

DarkCole

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I still really want to see Siri on Mac.
Not sure how I feel about that control center though.
 

cmChimera

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Serious question: Can anyone tell me how control center on a Mac is practical? I'm just trying to figure out why it's necessary with the "Today" and a Menu Bar.
 

DarkCole

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Serious question: Can anyone tell me how control center on a Mac is practical? I'm just trying to figure out why it's necessary with the "Today" and a Menu Bar.

I feel the same way. It's almost like Windows 8 and that pointless metro interface.
 

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Apple is also reportedly working on a major new kernel-level security system called "Rootless" for OS X and iOS that will help curb malware and protect sensitive data by prohibiting users from accessing certain protected files on Mac and iOS devices. "Rootless" appears to be a permanent feature of iOS, much to the chagrin of the jailbreaking community, but can likely be disabled on OS X.

It better be or Tim so help me, I swear I will come down there and slap you up myself if you do that!
 

RogerWilco

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Ruthless, the internal code name for the back door in Apple OSes -- available of course to three-letter agencies when the need arises.

Just kidding!
XOXO
Timmy
 

thekeyring

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Looking forward to these.

A5 support will keep a lot of people happy. I'm just glad my <2 year old 5C won't get dropped, as some people suggested.
 

AppleFan91

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All I want is an iCloud Drive app that functions like Dropbox. It's an iOS app and OS X app that lets me just drag and drop. Also, bump iCloud storage from 5 GB to 25GB.

Also maybe editable control center would be pretty hot too
 
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TombleHawk

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The iPad Air 2 does not have an A5 processor....

"Apple is also said to be optimizing iOS 9 to better support older hardware, with the report claiming that even legacy A5-based devices including the iPhone 4s and original iPad mini will be compatible with the upcoming software update. The three-year-old iPad Air 2 and fifth-generation iPod touch, released in March 2012 and October 2012 respectively, are also powered by Apple A5 chips."

Its an A8X

https://www.apple.com/ipad-air-2/specs/
 

CaryMacGuy

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I feel like to get people to go through the trouble of upgrading, they need to provide some new feature of iOS 9 (other than a new font). Performance is pretty good on my iPhone 6 and my wife's 5s. Why would we want to rock the boat? Of course since I read this site, I will upgrade regardless but I am speaking in the tone of a regular end user that has a phone that does everything he or she needs (like my wife). Maybe they should save the new music player for iOS 9 rather than 8.4.
 

obitow

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Serious question: Can anyone tell me how control center on a Mac is practical? I'm just trying to figure out why it's necessary with the "Today" and a Menu Bar.

Well, last year report said the Control Center is activated by clicking in the :apple: logo in menu bar, so it would have everything this menu have plus other shortcuts i think.

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Perhaps, as the image shows, the volume, wifi, user and other icons can move to the control center too.
 

Daalseth

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I hate that

Overall I like the stability and speed improvements.

However ANOTHER panel that slides out of the side? Already I have this damn one that appears at random when I'm trying to do something. For example, I'll be in iMovie sliding along the timeline when suddenly focus will snap to a panel sliding out of the right side of the screen. I have to stop what I'm doing, close it, and then get back to my editing. I hate that panel. I don't even know what it's for, I've never looked at it long enough. I've also never figured out how to get it to fold out when it ISN'T the most inconvenient and inopportune time. I just call it the "piss me off panel".
 
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SeattleMoose

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Before Release: "focus of OS X 10.11 will be on improved stability and performance"

At Release: "focus of OX X 10.11 is new emojis, enhanced social networking, and tighter iCloud integration"
 

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Serious question: Can anyone tell me how control center on a Mac is practical? I'm just trying to figure out why it's necessary with the "Today" and a Menu Bar.

I'm not sure. Originally I though iTunes controls would be useful, but the keyboard is often faster to adjust brightness, volume, and control playback.
 

mr.bee

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Serious question: Can anyone tell me how control center on a Mac is practical? I'm just trying to figure out why it's necessary with the "Today" and a Menu Bar.

Probably in the minority but I'm actually looking forward to control center

I miss an airplane function on my rmbp for example.
 
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