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El Capitan to Arrive on September 30

Apple’s El Capitan Preview page now states that OS X 10.11 El Capitan will ship on September 30. That’s about three weeks earlier than most of us had predicted! But it’ll be fantastic for everyone to be able to get their hands on the new operating system sooner rather than later.

Accordingly, we plan to release version 1.1 of Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan on September 30 too. Version 1.1 will be roughly double the length of version 1.0, and will include complete, step-by-step instructions for downloading, installing, and configuring El Capitan once it ships. The expanded version of the book will be free to everyone who purchased version 1.0.

The moment El Capitan becomes available to the public, we’ll download and install it on as many Macs as we can, to verify that everything in the book is still correct—Apple occasionally makes small, last-minute changes—and to add a few final details such as the URL for the download page in the App Store. Then we’ll zip through our production and distribution steps. In past years, this whole process has typically taken a few hours, but we feel it’s worth it to make the book as accurate as possible. So, on September 30, if you want to download El Capitan as soon as it appears on the App Store, go ahead—but I suggest quitting the installer as soon as it opens and hanging on for just a bit until you can read my final recommendations.

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