Apple will make macOS Big Sur available for all compatible MacBook and Mac computers on Thursday, November 12th, Cupertino announced on Tuesday. Apple has launched its new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, which are equipped with its in-house M1 chip. The new version of macOS, a successor to macOS Catalina from last year, was presented in June at WWDC 2020. The operating system is designed to enhance your computing experience by adding an updated user interface, universal app support, and the ability to run iOS and iPadOS apps natively. macOS Big Sur was also specially developed for Apple silicon.
MacOS Big Sur release date
Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering, John Ternus, announced the release date of macOS Big Sur during the virtual event on Tuesday. Ternus announced that the new operating system will be available for download on Thursday, November 12th. Apple presented macOS Big Sur at WWDC 2020 – along with other software updates such as iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. In August, the operating system was made publicly available for download in Beta.
MacOS Big Sur compatibility
macOS Big Sur is coming to the Mac machines currently compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina. These include MacBook 2015 and later, MacBook Air 2013 and later, MacBook Pro Late 2013 and later, Mac mini 2014 and later, iMac 2014 and later, iMac Pro 2017 and later, and Mac Pro 2013 and later models. The new macOS version will also come pre-installed on the newly introduced MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini, which are based on the Apple M1 chip.
macOS Big Sur features
Apple has had a whole new experience with macOS Big Sur, which has full-height sidebars and updated toolbars. The dock has also been updated with a uniform shape for app icons. In addition to the changes to the user interface, the new version of macOS includes a revised Notification Center and an updated Control Center. The macOS Big Sur update also includes advanced power management to work efficiently with the M1 chip.
“MacOS Big Sur was developed to the core to take full advantage of all of the functions and capabilities of the M1,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of software engineering.
Apple has also provided updates to Safari, Messages, and Maps, all of which come pre-installed on macOS Big Sur. It also supports universal apps that can run on both new Apple silicon and Intel x86-based Mac computers. Developers like Adobe and Omni Group are among the first to bring universal apps to the macOS world.
The macOS update also includes Rosetta 2, which allows apps for Intel-based Mac computers to run seamlessly on M1 systems. In addition, Apple provides support for running iOS and iPadOS apps natively on the latest macOS version.
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