El Capitan Beta 2 – on my 2008 MacBook Pro

I recently updated my 2008 MacBook Pro
(MacBookPro4,1) to El Cap Beta 2 build 15A204h. Seems like no Metal-love for this old machine (didn’t expect).Bildschirmfoto 2015-06-27 um 07.38.56


El Capitan 10.11 Beta 2

Apple has released the 2nd developer beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.


which you have to apply on a machine already running the Developer Beta 1.

The recovery update along with the Beta 2 is available here


Metal on OS X 10.11

El Cap looks pretty interesting and the introduction of Metal could mean also quite a boost for desktop applications. So what GPU you will need ? According to the Apple devs (page 84)


All Macs since 2012

will be blessed with Metal-support. That would be earliest according to the list of GPUs from Apple:

  • Intel HD 4000 from Mac mini (Mid 2012) or MacBook Air (Mid 2012)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 from Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M (aka: GK107 N13P-LP) from iMac (21-inch, Late 2012)

netkas.org also has a list of supported GPUs according to the current drivers of DP1.

Let’s see …