At Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference), the company officially announced macOS Big Sur. However, at today’s “One More Thing” conference, the company announced that macOS Big Sur will be released on November 12. The company claims that macOS Big Sur will maximize the use of the M1 chip. We already know a lot about macOS Big Sur. For those who do not know, here are the details
macOS Big Sur
The first and most obvious change in the new firmware is the change of user interface. The operating system takes its name from another landmark in California and features one of the complete changes to macOS from the days of Mac OS X. Applications now come with new color combinations, transparency effects and rounded corners, a translucent menu bar, a new floating dock and a new set of application icons. The update also introduces new check boxes, sliders, sheets, sounds and symbols, as well as a brand new iconography. Buttons appear and disappear in the application window as required. Menu bar items now have more space. Putting it all together, the whole user interface changes completely from the habit of macOS users.
Apple macOS Big Sur also introduces a brand new Control Center. Users will feel some similarities with iOS. It allows the user to drag some items here to pin to your menu bar, allowing you to quickly access certain features without having to download the Control Center. There is also a new Notification Center, which will display all notifications if you click the clock in the corner. The notifications almost follow the design of iOS and there is still a new Widget interface leading to the integration of the iOS 14 Widget.
Safari has been further improved in Big Sur
MacOS Big Sur also has improvements to its core applications. Apple’s traditional Safari browser comes with a homepage with customizable background images and sections such as iCloud tabs and reading list. Interestingly enough, the browser can detect when you are on a page in a non-native language and offer the translation for you. According to Apple, Safari is much faster and promises 50% faster performance than Chrome on frequently visited sites. This is another feature that focused on the development of Apple operating systems in 2020 – seamless native translation. Safari UI Tab also changed with increased tab density. Users can even close a group of tabs at the same time. In addition, Safari power consumption has been improved. The company says it offers 3 hours more streaming video and one hour more web browsing than Firefox or Chrome
It is worth noting that Apple Safari also receives extensive support for extensions. It will allow developers to bring their own extensions from other browsers. Users will be able to download Safari extensions via Mac App Storage. The company has built-in enhanced privacy capabilities for these extensions, preventing them from accessing your data. You can also choose to allow an extension to be accessed for a single day, for a single site, or all the time. Speaking of security, Apple has also added a privacy button to Safari. Allows the user to know which trackers are excluded from the browser. Safari will also check stored passwords to see if they were involved in a data breach.
Messages receive the same treatment as the corresponding iOS 14
The new software brings the same messaging enhancements we’ve seen in iOS 14. This includes new easy-to-access effects like Balloons and Confetti and Memoji. These two features were only available on iOS.
The application now includes a feature that allows the user to pin favorite contacts to the top. The search feature has been redesigned and there is a new photo and GIF selection option and image search capabilities. Finally, Big Sur also brings the new group messaging capabilities introduced in iOS 14.
The maps receive an appropriate refresh
Another important application, Maps, has also been updated. Like messaging, it has been updated to have the same set of changes as iOS 14. Includes guides for exploring sites where you can use guides from other users or create your own.
It also brings a Look Around feature for viewing 360-degree destinations and indoor maps of airports and malls. Bicycle and electric vehicle travel has also been loved by Apple, as these trips can now be routed to a Mac and shipped directly to your iPhone.
Other features include
- Extended editing capabilities in the Photos app
- HomeKit Safe Video Alerts
- Deep web knowledge about Siri
- Automatic switching of AirPods devices
- Listen now as the new home for Apple Music
- Faster updates
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