The new MacOS slowly rolled out to developers and as a public beta earlier this year, but today marks the first official date to download the highly-awaited operating system. With it comes a complete visual overhaul of the Mac interface — complete with new opaque window borders, app logo designs, a more consistent and cohesive dock and dock icons, streamlined notification/control centers and widgets, and more. Improvements with Apple in-house applications like Safari provide stronger privacy measures, while amping performance of up to 50% according to Apple. Messages also integrates better into the OS, allowing for more cohesiveness between Big Sur and iOS devices when it comes to Memoji, group chat enhancements and @-marking individuals, etc.
Maps also receive an update, with integrated Guides to allow for better trip planning and travel suggestions. AirPods also get a much-awaited feature, allowing for handover from other Apple devices right onto Big Sur intelligently and with minimal fuss. Lastly, while it is optimized for the upcoming Apple M1 chip-installed computers, Big Sur optimizes multiple applications running for a mild-to-significant boost in general performance.
Installation is slowly rolling out to iMacs and MacBooks throughout the day, but there is a hard link to directly open the Big Sur installation page via the Mac App Store.
Learn more about the just-released Apple MacBook Air, Mac Mini and 13″ MacBook Pro with M1 chipsets.