Last week during, WWDC20 Special Event, Apple announced the successor to macOS Catalina, the macOS Big Sur. macOS Big Sur brings some of the biggest changes yet to Apple’s Mac operating system in years and will be taking a look at it.
The major highlights of the new operating system include an interface redesign that resembles that of the iOS, a redesigned and powerful Safari browser, updated Messages app and changes to Maps for navigation.
macOS Big Sur Compatible Macs
- 2015 and later MacBook
- 2013 and later MacBook Air
- 2013 and later MacBook Pro
- 2014 and later Mac mini
- 2014 and later iMac
- 2017 ans later iMac Pro
- 2013 and later Mac Pro
Starting with the UI, macOS Big introduces the biggest change yet since Apple announced macOS X. The new operating system makes navigation easier and gives the user more controls to explore. Apple says it has changed everything from colours to curvature of window corners and many more. Icons in the have also been redesigned to resemble that of the iOS. The Control Centre is now customizable and the Notification Centre has been refreshed to provide interactive notifications and redesigned widgets.
The start page can also be customized with a background image of your choice, there are also customizable options for Reading List and iCloud Tabs. Safari now comes with a built-in translation feature which works for 7 languages like that of iOS 14. Users can further customize Safari by downloading whatever extension they want from the Mac App store to suit their own taste. Privacy has also been improved just as in iPadOS 14 and iOS 14.
Messages on macOS Big Sure gets a similar update to that of iOS 14 such as the ability to pin conversations from favourite contacts or group chats, new Memojis and a redesigned search.
Maps has been updated as well to mirror the same features on iOS. You can discover places faster, explore more and get Guides from trusted resources.
The pubic beta of macOS Big Sur will be available from July at beta.apple.com while the regular update will be available this fall to compatible Macs.