In Apple WWDC 2020, next-gen macOS 11 Big Sur has been announced alongside iOS 14. The new OS brings lots of new features and adjustments to the Mac.
The macOS 10.16 is actually the macOS 11, as shown on screens during the WWDC 2020 keynote, but the version developer are getting 10.16.
macOS 11/macOS 10.16/ macOS Big Sur Features
Just like iOS 14, macOS Big Sur likewise focuses a lot on the design modifications. There is a great deal of small design and visual changes to the Mac. The dock now drifts on the bottom of the screen, comparable to how it reveals up on the iPhone and iPad. There are fresh, upgraded icons for the majority of system apps, and more. There’s a new sidebar design in apps like Finder, a new toolbar that intends to put controls front and center but is still out of the way.
New Control Center
This was, in fact, among the most preferred modifications for macOS. The Control Center makes it incredibly simple to manage iPhones and iPad and bringing comparable performance to the Mac.
You’ll have the ability to personalize Control Center – which will reside in the menu bar – and benefit from quick access to popular controls such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings, playing music, managing Dark Mode, and more.
The Big Sur includes some updates for Notification Center. It will bring more interactive notifications and revamped widgets. You’ll have the ability to see all your notices and widgets together, with Alerts organized by app and lots of interactive. You can now play a podcast episode directly from the notification itself.
After launching Safari in 2003, this one is the biggest update for Safari as per Apple.
There is no doubt that Safari is fast, and moreover, the company claims that more frequently visited sites now will load at an average of 50-percent faster than Chrome.
Changes are as follows:
- Customizable new start page, where you can choose the background image, and add sections like Favourites, iCloud, Reading List, and Siri Suggestions.
- Redesigned Tabs with more numbers of Tabs onscreen, which will include default favicons.
- Build-in real-time language translation.
- New Safari extensions now have a dedicated section in App Store with more security.
- Privacy Report of each site visited and weekly Privacy Report on the start page.
The macOS Messages app is more effective now. It has all the functions that Messages have on iOS 14.
- Ability to Pin a conversation.
- Create an image for a group, including icons for members.
- New inline replies in a group text.
- Other features like Memoji stickers and confetti to texts.
Compatible Macs for macOS 11/macOS 10.16
- 2015 and later MacBook
- 2013 and later MacBook Air
- 2013 and later MacBook Pro
- 2014 and later Mac mini
- 2014 and later iMac
- 2017 and later iMac Pro
- 2013 and later Mac Pro
There were more Macs supported by macOS Catalina. In 2019 the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models from mid-2012, Mac mini from late 2012, and the 2012 iMac were likewise supported.
If you aren’t able to have a look at the developer beta of macOS Big Sur, Apple has actually shared more information on it with a new landing page on its site.
The developer beta of macOS Big Sur is readily available now. The general public beta will be available in July. The stable version of macOS 11 Big Sur will be with us in the fall.