Big Sur is officially macOS 11.0 as Apple finally leaves OS X series.
Yesterday in the WWDC20 event apple announced that it’s officially moving to macOS 11 with the newly announced Big Sur update after almost 20 years of OS X series The users will finally be upgrading from the 10.X versions that Apple has been using for nearly two decades to version 11.0 comping this fal (September ).
The update to macOS 11.0 is a surprising one for Apple, given that at one point it seemed that Apple is stuck to the idea of simply using OS X / macOS 10 as its brand name for its software for the foreseeable future.
Still, the update now marks a fitting end of the road for OS X, though, as Apple begins its latest reinvention from Intel-based chips to new, ARM-based Apple Silicon products that will further blur the lines between its mobile iOS and iPadOS devices and its laptop and desktop computers.
OS X defined the Mac for generations of hardware and software. It’ll be exciting to see just what Apple has planned next.
A number of apps have received streamlined new designs, including Mail, Photos, Notes, and iWork. Apple has introduced a new search feature to Messages as well as inline replies, customizable icons, and @-sign mentions for group chats, a new photo-selection interface, and other message effects including Memoji stickers. You’ll be able to pin up to nine chats to the top of your conversation list, which syncs across Messages in iOS and iPadOS as well.
There’s a new version of Maps for Mac that borrows features from the iOS app, including custom Guides, 360-degree location views, bicycle and electric-vehicle directions live updates for shared ETAs, congestion zones, and indoor maps.
Apple introduced a number of new Catalyst apps as well, which will also receive the new look. Dock buttons have also been redesigned to look more similar to their iOS counterparts, in an effort to “be more consistent with icons across Apple’s ecosystem while retaining their Mac personality,” according to the company.
“The entire experience feels more focused, fresh, and familiar, reducing visual complexity and bringing users’ content front and center,” Apple says.
The new macOS also introduces the biggest update to Safari since the browser was first introduced. The company claims its browser loads popular websites 50 percent faster than Chrome and is easier on battery. Hovering over a tab now gives users a preview of its page, and right-clicking on the tab will give you the option to close all the tabs to its right. The new Safari also has a customizable start page.
The new privacy features, including a Privacy Report that lists cross-site trackers the browser has blocked over the last 30 days, and a password-monitoring tool through which Safari helps you upgrade to secure passwords if it detects that any of your saved passwords have been involved in a data breach.
The update comes just over a year after Apple announced macOS Catalina, which brought iPad app support, the Sidecar feature that allows you to use your iPad as an extended Mac display, and a number of redesigned apps including Apple Music, Podcasts, Apple TV, and Find My ,The 10.16 update continues to bring the macOS experience closer to that of iPhones and iPads, and to refine the app experience.
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