Apple on WWDC 2020 recently announced their new software, which will power its mac lineup, macOS 11 Big Sur. It is the successor to macOS Catalina, which the company announced last year. macOS Big Sur is no more under the OS X lineup and it will not be called macOS 10.16. The new software comes under the macOS 11 lineup and this is a brand new upgrade when compared to last year’s version. But, it is the end of an era as the legendary OS X now rests in peace, which Steve Jobs introduced in 2001 brought the Mac Lineup to its extreme level. Let’s see what Apple’s new features have baked in its latest version of macOS.
macOS 11 Big Sur: Major Changes
Apple has introduced a redesigned dock with a minimal and more appealing look in macOS 11 Big Sur. Apple says that it is the major design change, Apple has ever done since the introduction of OS X at the beginning of the century. The design changes include shapes and size of windows and tabs, transparency and the dock now contains more redesigned and good looking icons. But still, Apple maintains (Helvetica Nue) its fonts and uses similar design language.
Now, you will get a Control-Centre with macOS Big Sur, similar to iOS and now you can instantly access your Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Dark Mode from your Home. Another change in the design comes in the Notification centre. The Notification Centre now has a cleaner look, with more customized notification, that Apple introduced with iOS 13.
“The entire experience feels more focused, fresh, and familiar, reducing visual complexity and bringing users’ content front and center”, says Apple about its latest software powering it Mac.
macOS 11 Big Sur: Application Updates
Safari on macOS 11 has got better privacy and cleaner look compared to its previous generation. It also has a more easy way to add an extension to it as the App Store in macOS 11 will allow you to download them from a dedicated section on it. This will make Safari even more customizable and user-friendly. But still, Apple keeps its privacy rules strict, so the extensions will be secure. You will be able to give permission for a single website and you can even allow it to use the extension for a single day.
The company has now included more feature-packed Messaging App with the new macOS 11 Big Sur. Now you will get Memoji Sticker support, pin conversations, inline replies, and may more.
Maps in macOS 11 Big Sur gets a redesign with some useful features. On Mac, maps will come with new Planning tools such as guides and routes.
macOS 11 Big Sur: Release Date
Currently, we don’t know the exact launch date. But macOS 11 Big Sur will launch together with iOS 14 and watchOS 7 later this fall.
macOS 11 Big Sur: Supported Devices
- MacBook Air: 2013 and later models
- MacBook Pro: 2013 or later models
- iMac: 2014 or later models
- iMac Pro: 2017 and later models
- Mac Pro: 2013 and later models
- Mac Mini: 2014 and later models
- MacBook: 2015 and later models