Apple previewed their new operating system, called macOS Big Sur, in its Online WWDC 2020 Keynote session last week. We’ve summed up everything you need to know about the new flagship software.
Beta in July
Big Sur, if you are wondering, is the name of a coastal region in central California. The beta version of what many label as the most substantial software upgrade in Macintosh since 2000 will be available later in July. The full scale release of the new OS is scheduled at the end of 2020.
What’s New in Preview
It shows some substantial changes from the Mac OS X (which, launched in 2000, still remains the base operating system of Macintosh machines). Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering led the preview at Online WWDC 2020 Keynote.
He termed it Apple’s biggest update: “macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade.”
Here is a quick summary of the most important changes.
Beautiful and Handy Design
The interface design has become markedly more beautiful, with curved corners and more contemporary color combinations. The navigation has become smoother with the addition of new full-length side bars and useful toolbars.
The Dock too has been redesigned with new-look icons and shape. But not everybody who saw the new Dock is impressed, if the social media reactions are any indication.
New Control Center
The Big Sur OS brings with it a fully functional Control Center, very similar to the one used in iPad OS. It allows for easy handling of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other frequently used features. The Notification panel too has been substantially redesigned to make the notifications more interactive and intuitive.
Apple’s web browser Safari has received significant makeover in the new OS. Tabs look fabulous with page previews on hovering and favicon display for easy identification. The pages load faster as well. Now users can fully customize the browser with their own background image and startup page options. The language support and on-page translation facility have been extended to seven languages.
Safari features a built-in tracking prevention system that spots and blocks all kinds of tracking across the web. You will get a tracking report as well, which sheds light into the tracking attempts and blocking efforts. It comes with a password monitoring tool which not just alerts you when your password is compromised but also allows you to defend and change your password.
The messaging facility also looks quite impressive with Big Sur OS.
By initial looks of it, the new version is going to be a runaway success. The wait is on for the beta launch (Apple Developer Program members can already access the beta at developer.apple.com) and subsequent full version later this year.
It’s big news not only for the users, but also for all the Apple ecosystem developers out there – including us. The specialists from our Development center are always up to date on such updates. We make sure that the new features are used to the maximum for the client’s benefit. Feel free to consult revamping your solution with us – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.