The final version of macOS Big Sur is out for everyone, as Apple promised at the presentation of the new Macs on the M1 .
The design of the system has changed, the Control Center has appeared and Safari has been extensively updated.
- Which Macs can upgrade
- MacBook 2015 and up
- MacBook Air 2013 and up
- MacBook Pro 2013 and up
- Mac mini 2014 and up
- iMac 2014 and up
- iMac Pro 2017 and up
- Mac Pro 2013 and up
To update your Mac, go to System Preferences → Software Update .
Firmware size: 12.6 GB.
Apple’s new operating system will be available for download in the coming hours. Even the numbering hints that this is not an annual minor update, but a serious update with an index of 11.0.
We waited for the update even after the first autumn presentation and presentation of the iPhone 12 in October . The system was saved until the last November event .
For those in doubt, here’s a list of the most notable and worthwhile changes in macOS Big Sur worth updating for.
What Macs can Big Sur be installed on
The update is possible on these Apple computers:
- Mac mini 2014 or newer
- iMac 2014 or newer
- for any iMac Pro model
- Mac Pro 2013 or newer
- MacBook 2015 or newer
- MacBook Air 2013 or later
- MacBook Pro 2013 and later
Older laptops and desktops are not supported.
1. Updated design
Apple’s operating system has remained largely unchanged since 2014. Most of the icons, applications and system elements have not changed since OS X 10.10 Yosemite .
The Cupertinians behind the scenes set a course for the convergence of the desktop and mobile OS, which this year resulted in a complete redesign of macOS Big Sur. Many elements have become similar to their iOS counterparts, icons have changed, windows become transparent, the notification center and other corners of the system have changed.
The exterior has become fresher and more modern. This is a great reason to upgrade after several years of technical updates under the hood.
Where to look for a chip: measure visual differences almost everywhere.
2. System control center
By analogy with iOS, Big Sur has added a menu with basic system switches and settings. So just one icon in the status bar can hide the settings for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, screen brightness, volume and other options.
This saves space in the upper right corner of the screen and makes interaction with the system easier when the picture is displayed on the iPad screen via SideCar .
The logic behind the two operating systems becomes more similar, making the transition from iPhone to Mac or vice versa easier.
Where to look for the chip: go to System Preferences – Menu Bar and Dock. Here you can disable individual icons for the main system parameters that are available in the new menu.
You can also add some elements here, such as accessibility commands or Fast User Switching.
3. New widgets
The notification center with system widgets is now launched by clicking on the clock and date indicator in the menu bar. The general appearance of the elements here has led to a uniform design.
Notifications have become more similar to missed messages in iOS, and widgets almost 100% copy their counterparts from iOS 14.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to place widgets anywhere on the desktop, but you can choose one of three widget sizes and set its settings.
Where to look for a chip: go to the notification center by clicking on the clock in the menu bar, click the Change widgets button and add new information cards.
4. More settings and features in Safari
The standard macOS browser has often been criticized for its lack of customization options. Cupertinos began to rectify the situation.
Big Sur has added customization to the start screen. In the settings, you can change the background image, enable the display of iCloud tabs, Reading List and Siri Suggestions.
When you hover over the background tabs, a small preview window appears. The tabs themselves are compressed whenever possible to prevent horizontal scrolling of the panel.
A separate Safari menu shows the number of tracks blocked by the system that the user can follow.
There was a built-in translation of sites, which in test versions was included in a rather unusual way .
The overall browser speed has improved and the application’s battery consumption has decreased.
Where to look for a chip: the home page settings icon is in the lower right corner, and the button for viewing blocked trackers to the left of the address bar.
5. Improved battery life on MacBook
By analogy with iOS, the system has learned to display statistics on the consumption of the MacBook battery. You can view the last charge cycles for 24 hours or 10 days.
Here you can see the time of laptop use for the same period. The settings for the energy saving mode and setting the schedule for turning on or off the computer have also moved here.
This feature will be a great addition to the built-in system to slow down battery aging , which appeared in macOS 10.15.5 .
These are not all the changes in the new macOS 11. Many features and new features are hidden deep inside and are aimed at optimizing software for ARM processors.
However, even these features are enough to quickly decide to update the system.