Apple usually launches its new operating system updates around 6 p.m. GMT … but that can vary a lot
To update: Apple has confirmed that macOS Big Sur is now available to Mac owners worldwide. This is a little earlier than the 6:00 p.m. forecast. Remember, if you’re running macOS Catalina, downloading the critical update requires a slightly different process than previous versions of macOS. Now, if you’re on macOS Big Sur, here are the top five features to try out.
Apple held its latest product launch earlier this week, when the Californian company first unveiled an updated MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini powered by a specially designed processor called the Apple M1. It also took advantage of the event, tagged with the slogan “One More Thing,” a reference to the branding announcements by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the end of the company’s keynotes to confirm when the latest version of the desktop is working on the macOS system 11 Big Sur will be available.
Starting today, the new operating system will be available to MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, iMac, and iMac Pro owners. The next version of macOS should land in the App Store tonight, accessible from the Apple menu (under the Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen). However, if your Mac is running a version of macOS Catalina (the update that ended this time last year), you’ll need to go to the new Software Update menu in System Preferences to download Big Sur instead.
macOS 11 Big Sir will be available on Thursday, November 12th, confirmed Apple during the keynote presentation taped at its California headquarters due to the ongoing public health crisis in the US and much of the world. Apple has not confirmed an exact time for the operating system to start. In the past few years, however, the update was usually put online around 6 p.m. GMT.
However, this is not an Apple-confirmed schedule. When iOS 14 was introduced in September, the smartphone software wasn’t shown to users until around 9:00 p.m. This resulted in thousands of confused iPhone owners flooding social media with complaints of a “problem” with the update or “last minute delays”. None of this has been confirmed by Apple. Since the Cupertino-based company never officially confirmed a release time, it is still not known if the update was released on time or if there were issues that delayed the rollout by a few hours.
Regardless, we expect macOS 11 Big Sur to be available on some computers by early evening. So keep checking the Apple menu on your Mac if you want to be one of the first.
Features familiar to iOS users, such as the Control Center, appear on the Mac
Apple redesigned the user interface and introduced a new iOS-like app icon style
If you missed the first macOS Big Sur reveal during the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, boy it was! You have a lot to catch up on. Apple has completely redesigned the operating system and introduced new elements from iOS and iPadOS – such as the standardized app icons with rounded squares, grouped notifications and redesigned widgets – as well as a number of new functions for the desktop.
In terms of design, Apple added a lot of translucency across the operating system. Side and Finder windows have been added full-height sidebars that can be used to subtly bleed colors from the windows app or the desktop background behind it. The menu bar at the top of the screen is almost completely transparent in macOS Big Sur, so that, according to Apple, “your content is always in the front and in the middle”.
iPhone and iPad owners are familiar with Control Center – a menu of frequently used settings that you can access by swiping down from the top-right corner of their screen. With Big Sur, Apple added the same functionality to the Mac for the first time. It is accessed by clicking on an icon in the menu bar. The drop-down menu contains controls that you use most often, such as: B. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as controls for playing music and activating dark mode for your display. In contrast to iOS, the new Control Center on macOS allows you to add controls and drag favorites to the menu bar for even faster access.
Big Sur includes a redesigned messaging app with the ability to reply to individual messages in a thread, receive notifications when your name is mentioned in a group chat, respond with Memoji, send GIFs, and much more. The maps have also been updated with a lot more details and directions that can be slipped onto your iPhone before you set off.
Music has been redesigned to match the latest updates on iPhone and iPad, including a new Listen Now tab with artist interviews, new releases, and updated editorial team playlists to replace the “For You” section that was in previous releases was included. Apple Photos gets an improved retouching tool powered by machine learning, as well as new granular editing controls.
According to Apple, working behind the scenes ensures that future operating system updates will be much faster once you’re running macOS Big Sur. The iPhone maker explains, “Software updates start in the background and end faster than before, making it easier than ever to keep your Mac up to date and secure.”
So who can download and install macOS Big Sur?
If you’ve bought a Mac in the past few years, you probably don’t need to upgrade to macOS Big Sur. And while the operating system is designed to take advantage of the new M1 chipset specially designed by Apple in the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini, a large number of Macs with Intel technology will benefit from the same redesign and features tonight .
However, some Macs that can run macOS Catalina – the previous version of the operating system – won’t be able to upgrade to Big Sur.
macOS 11 Big Sur is compatible with …
- Apple MacBook | 2015 and newer
- MacBook Air | 2013 and newer
- MacBook Pro | Model “late 2013” and newer
- iMac | 2014 and newer
- iMac Pro | 2017 and newer
- Mac Mini | 2014 and newer
- Mac Pro | 2013 and newer
The following Macs that are currently running macOS Catalina cannot be upgraded to the next version of macOS.
- MacBook Pro | Models 2012 and “early 2013”
- MacBook Air | All 2012 models
- iMac | 2012 and 2013 models
- Mac Mini | All 2012 models