Apple has released OS X 10.11.1, with several bug fixes, most notably improved compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016, which should hopefully fix the issues those users have been experiencing, such as frequent app crashes. The 942 MB update can be installed via Software Update, with a 1.19 GB delta updater available as a standalone download.
Apple says that OS X 10.11.1 also improves the stability of the installer when upgrading to OS X El Capitan, addresses an issue that prevented certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly, and improves VoiceOver reliability. If you’ve seen JPEG images show up as gray or green boxes in Preview in El Capitan, that’s now fixed too.
Users of Apple Mail will appreciate a fix for a bug that prevented the display of certain messages and mailboxes; another fix resolves a situation where outgoing server information could disappear. Unfortunately, the El Capitan version of Mail broke clicking the table-of-contents links in the HTML issue of TidBITS, and that bug doesn’t appear to be fixed.
The update also includes 150 new emoji characters, including tacos, burritos, a bow and arrow, the “devil horn” hand gesture, and the much-requested “middle finger” hand gesture. Tech Insider has a roundup for emoji junkies.
As always, OS X 10.11.1 includes a bunch of security updates: 37 to be precise.
Our take is that those of you running Microsoft Office 2016 should probably update right away, particularly if you’ve been experiencing crashes and other problems while using Office apps. For everyone else, hold off for a few days and see what early adopters say about it.