12 november 2020 – 18:55
Apple has released macOS Big Sur for Macs tonight. The system software is heavily inspired by iOS and supports Macs based on Apple Silicon for the first time.
Big Sur distinguishes itself by, among other things, a new design (icons and menu bars), a control panel (fast WiFi, bluetooth and more control), the use of widgets in the Notification Center and newly designed apps such as Messages and Maps.
The browser Safari has been thoroughly overhauled. You can select your own background image, in addition to a reading list, favorites, iCloud tabs, Siri suggestions or a new privacy report.
Safari uses smart tracking prevention to prevent others from tracking or deriving profiles from browsing behavior.
With new support for the WebExtensions API and migration tools, developers can now add extensions from other browsers to Safari.
The update is free for many Macs shipped from 2013, including the Mac Pro, iMac, and MacBook (Pro).
The installation file is also considerably larger than that of its predecessor and the beta version required at least 50 GB of free space to install last summer.