Prob­lems with up­dat­ing to El Cap­i­tan


XEl Cap­i­tan is Ap­ple’s up­com­ing ver­sion of OS X, due to be re­leased in the au­tumn. But Ap­ple’s pub­lic beta pro­gram (beta.ap­ means any­body can in­stall OS X El Cap­i­tan right now.

In­stalling the beta ver­sion of OS X is a dou­ble-edged sword. It isn’t fin­ished yet, and there are prob­lems be­ing re­ported with Aper­ture, Disk Util­ity, iCloud Key­chain, iTunes, Mail, net­work­ing and lan­guage set­tings. That’s enough to give even sea­soned de­vel­op­ers a headache.

These grem­lins are likely to be fixed for the full re­lease, but even when the fi­nal ver­sion of OS X El Cap­i­tan is re­leased, we urge cau­tion be­fore up­grad­ing. De­vel­op­ment prob­lems will be long gone, but there may still be is­sues with third-party soft­ware. Even ma­jor apps, such as those made by Adobe and Mi­crosoft, have been trou­ble­some in the past as they strug­gled to adapt to Ap­ple’s re­lease sched­ule.

El Cap­i­tan could ex­ac­er­bate this with a new fea­ture called Sys­tem In­tegrity Pro­tec­tion (SIP). This new fea­ture pre­vents pro­grams from mak­ing changes to key OS X sys­tem fold­ers. This pro­tec­tion even ap­plies if you are us­ing the ‘root’ user ac­count, which is why SIP is of­ten called ‘root­less’.

As a gen­eral rule, if you have to ask: “should I up­date to the new ver­sion of OS X?” then the an­swer is prob­a­bly “no” – at least not un­til a cou­ple of weeks have passed and you can see what prob­lems are be­ing re­ported.

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