Apple has just released OS X 10.11.5 to the public, marking the launch of the fifth update to the El Capitan operating system that was first released on September 30, 2015. OS X 10.11.5 comes nearly two months after the release of OS X 10.11.4, an update that introduced Live Photos for Messages and password protected notes in the Notes app.
Most of the updates to OS X El Capitan have focused largely on under-the-hood improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements rather than outward-facing changes, and OS X 10.11.5 is no exception. No obvious feature changes were discovered in the beta, and according to Apple’s release notes, OS X 10.11.5 includes bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates.
You can find the updates in the Mac App Store, in the iOS Watch app, and by navigating to Settings > System > Software Updates > Update Software on your fourth generation Apple TV.
However, the smaller update makes sense, especially as Apple Support communities have established that there’s a lingering crashing issue on some MacBook Pro (and, in the case of this MacBook Air owner, Airs, too) units.
Apple is expected to unveil a brand new version of OS X at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, set to take place in mid-June, which could even unveil a new macOS brand name.