Apple has announced that macOS Big Sur will launch tomorrow, Thursday, November 12. The announcement was made at the “One More Thing” event where the new Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M1 chip were unveiled.
macOS Big Sur was unveiled at WWDC in June, and will offer a refreshed look at what Apple considers the best macOS update since the introduction of Mac OS X. This includes revising the corner curves of windows and Dock icons. .
Although subtle, the changes are rejuvenating from the current version of macOS. other changes include lighter windows with additional translucent effects, a more translucent Dock, new application icons with a “circular” shape (neither circular nor square, but both), new system sounds and more.
There is news in the menu bar with access to a customizable Control Center that includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirDrop, keyboard brightness, Do not disturb, Dark mode, sound level, and more. Similarly, the Notification Center is redesigned with more interactive notifications grouped by app and widgets (in the style of iOS) in three sizes.
Many of Apple’s applications also incorporate improvements: Safari is faster and more efficient with battery consumption, messages supports effects, @mentions, responses to specific lines and more, Maps incorporates Look Around, interior maps and Guides; Photos increases its editing capabilities and Apple Music includes a Listen Now section.
Much more from tomorrow …