After being announced at WWDC in June, Apple has finally started seeding Big Sur to the public. Big Sur comes as a new paradigm shift for the Mac, as it transitions from intel based chipsets to Apple made processors.
macOS Big Sur (officially known as macOS 11.0) comes with a refreshed new design, bringing the new design language to the Mac. It also brings new privacy features and faster Safari to the Mac as a free upgrade.
Big Sur brings with it a new colour palette, icons, a new control centre and a notification tray with widgets. The redesigned dock and new squared-circle icon pack brings liveliness back to macOS with the core design across devices being consistent. Alongside these there are also a ton of new wallpapers with dynamic themes. You can read our full coverage of macOS Big Sur features here.
Big Sur now also comes with a brand new Safari interface which lets users add a custom background like Google’s Chrome, and see which sites were denied access to track you. This new feature can be found in “Privacy Report” on the Start page of Safari. Extensions also make a debut with macOS 11, which can be added from the Safari Extension store on macOS.
Maps and Messages also come with a brand new overhauled UI, which now includes message effects, pinned conversations and Memoji – all of which were previously absent on the Mac. Maps will now include different features already present on the iPad version of the app, such as Look Around and other information related to commuting, with details such as cycling routes and EV trips.
macOS 11 Big Sur looks very visually appealing, however some users have had issues downloading it. I advice users to back up their data (as is common practice) and then update to the latest version.