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Jun 24, 2020

Apple Unveils macOS Big Sur, Debuts Revamped UI Design and Updated Apps

macOS Big Sur is scheduled to arrive later in 2020, with the developer beta released now while the public beta is en route to becoming available in July.

Alongside iOS 14, Apple has also unwrapped the latest iteration of its desktop operating system – macOS Big Sur. And by going over its official changes, this one is serving up its new, California-inspired moniker. And even "bigger" in some aspects.

Let's dive right into it.

Essentially, the highlight of the new macOS Big Sur is its revamped user interface. Apple's most sweeping change on the design since Mac OS X, the rejuvenated OS now features new color schemes, transparency effects, rounded corners, a translucent menu bar, and full-height sidebar.

And there's a lot more where it came from. Apple has also introduced a new floating dock, a fresh set of app icons, sliders, checkboxes, sheets, sounds, symbols, and iconography. Meanwhile, the buttons now appear and disappear on application windows as necessitated, with the menu bar items far more spaced out.

macOS Big Sur also features an all-new Control Center. Think of the Control Center found on iOS and broaden it. The new Control Center allows users to drag out some items to be pinned on the menu bar for easier and quicker access. And the best part, we think, is that users don't have to bring the Control Center down.

Apple has also brought a new Notification Center into macOS Big Sur. Users can now invoke by merely clicking the clock in the corner.

The core applications of the macOS are also improved. For instance, Safari now boasts a new start page, one that is adorned with customizable background images and sections such as Reading List and iCloud Tabs, similar to Apple's web browser counterparts.

Also, Safari is now claimed to be 50% faster than Chrome on frequently visited websites. The browser also features a better battery life, with up to an hour longer of browsing compared to its compatriots in the competition.

Improved extension support is also included in macOS Big Sur. This allows developers to bring in their extensions sourced from other browsers, which can be found on the App Store in Mac.

Like Messages on iPhones in the new iOS 14, the Messages on macOS Big Sur also received the same improvements. These include the ability to pin the users' favorite contacts at the top and the access on effects such as balloons and confetti for their messages, among others.

The supported devices for macOS Big Sur are as follows:

  • MacBook – 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air – 2013 and later
  • MacBook Pro – Late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini – 2014 and later
  • iMac – 2014 and later
  • Mac Pro – 2013 and later
  • iMac Pro – 2017 and later (All models)

macOS Big Sur is scheduled to become available later in 2020, with the developer beta already released at Apple's announcement. The public beta is also confirmed to be seeded in July.