Unlike iOS 14, there were not many rumors about macOS before WWDC. A few hours before the start of the presentation, the name of the new version of the operating system for Mac – macOS Big Sur – became known. And it was confirmed. macOS Big Sur is a significant update for Apple’s line of computers, as it has made the Mac much closer to iOS: macOS now has a completely new design that is very different from what we saw in macOS Catalina.
What’s new in macOS Big Sur
In general, the new macOS has become not only simpler and more minimalistic, it now looks like iOS 14 (actually more on iPadOS 14). Apple designers redrew all standard applications in the new operating system, so third-party developers this year will have to try hard so as not to get out of the way.
The new “Control Point” has become one of the main features of macOS Big Sur. It resembles that of iOS 14 – with the ability to adjust brightness, access settings, and other functions, including the activation of a dark or light theme. Widgets appeared, as in iOS 14, with which you can display basic applications like a calendar, notes, weather, or even messengers.
Not spared and iMessage. Apple has done what everyone has been talking about for a long time – turned the Messaging app on the Mac into the closest version of it from iOS. That is, macOS Big Sur introduced support for new memoji, group communication, and other chips from iOS 14. All this was made possible thanks to macOS Catalyst, a technology for easily porting iOS applications to Apple computers.
Safari on macOS Big Sur
Tabs have been updated in Safari for Mac – the browser not only now fits more tabs on the screen; Users can preview a web page by simply hovering over a tab. Plus, new personalization settings have appeared – you can set a background image, customize sections for yourself and much more.
Safari on macOS Big Sur, like its iOS version, got a built-in translator. It allows Safari to translate entire web pages from seven languages with just one click.
Which Macs support macOS Big Sur
At the moment, the list of computers supporting macOS Big Sur is as follows:
- MacBook (Early 2015 and newer)
- iMac (late 2012 and newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and newer)
- Mac Mini (end of 2012 and newer)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2019, End 2013)
- iMac Pro (2017)
When will macOS Big Sur come out
A pleasant addition to the new macOS version was the updated Maps application, privacy reports, and other measures aimed at improving the security of user data. I can’t wait to install the update on Mac more quickly – developers can do this already on June 22nd. The rest will have to wait until the fall of 2020.