Yesterday, Apple took wraps off its newly designed OS for mac called macOS Big Sur. The new macOS Big Sur brings a lot of changes that bring it closer to the beloved iOS. If you are wondering what is Big Sur, it is a rugged mountainous section of California. But the OS its smoother than ever. Let us see how closely the new macOS is closer to iOS and what other changes have been made by the Cupertino giant.
In terms of design, macOS Big Sur sees the biggest change since Mac OS X with things beginning to transition to the future of unifying all Apple platforms. The visual schemes are getting changed via the new color schemes in application windows, new transparency effects, rounded corners, and translucent menu bars, and new app icons. There are updates on sounds effects, symbols, and icons to just new a few.
Speaking of things ported from iOS 14, the control center in a new avatar has made it to the macOS Big Sur. You can access apps without going into the control center by just pinning the apps in the menu bar. To access notifications, you just need to click the clock. The much talked about, widgets have made it into the macOS. You can now pin favorite contacts at the top or search for in-app content like iOS 14. macOS Big Sur brings new effects like balloon and confetti in messaging and lets you create a new memoji which is seen in iOS as well. Now macOS supports search of images or GIFs.
Other than the visual overhaul, there are some core application changes as well. Safari has received a new start page with a customizable background, tabs include a reading list and iCloud tabs. Safari has also received some performance upgrades too. It is now 50% faster than Chrome in loading frequently open tabs. It also offers a better battery life of up to 3 hours extra of video streaming or an extra hour of web browsing, when compared with Chrome or Firefox. In addition, developers can export extensions from other browsers into Safari. The Apple Map gets Guides for exploring which you can create or choose from others already created. It now offers a 360-degree view of the destination you have chosen. The map has data to help you navigate indoors in airports or shopping centers.
To further protect the privacy of users, Apple now allows controlling access to data even more. You can decide when a website should use your data, whether it is a one-time use, or restricted to a particular website or one day only. A new privacy report button now shows a list of trackers being blocked by the browser. It even checks for a breach in passwords periodically.
With macOS Big Sur, Apple has begun its transition to its own ARM-based A-series custom processors. Soon iOS and iPadOS will be able to run Intel-based apps like Final Cut ProX or heavy-duty Adobe apps that are used for video editing. Apple is expecting to start shipping it’s custom Silicon-based macs by the year-end and by 2022 all Macs will be based on Apple’s on Processor. The company has promised to keep supporting Intel-based Macs for the foreseeable future. Soon they will sell a Mac mini running the Apple A12Z Bionic with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD to help the developers kickstart the transition to the ARM platform.
macOS Big Sur will be coming later this year but the developer beta is already out and a public beta will be made available in July. The devices that will get the macOS Big Sur are MacBook (2015 and older), MacBook Air (2013 and later), MacBook Pro (Late 2013 and later), Mac mini (2014 and later), iMac (2014 and later), iMac Pro, and Mac Pro (2013 and later). Refer to the full list here.