Prologue: Getting Started with the Mac

This book explains how your Mac and the latest edition of the OS X operating system, El Capitan, are used to create your ideal working environment. If you’ve never worked with a Mac before, OS X is the name applied to Apple’s desktop operating system—like “Windows” on a PC. iPhones and iPads run iOS, and Macintosh computers run OS X.

Before you can begin climbing El Capitan, let’s start by reviewing the hardware capabilities of your system and the prerequisites necessary to use this book.

Getting to Know the Mac Hardware

Each model of Mac includes a wide array of ports and plugs for connecting to other computers, handheld devices, and peripherals such as printers and external displays. For new systems, ...

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