MacOS Big Sur: Our experience and everything you need to know

macOS Big Sur It arrived recently in the form of an update from the Cupertino company, not without a series of problems due to the continuous failures that occurred in the servers during the launch, something that meant that some users could not install it until the next day.

We are testing macOS Big Sur since its launch and we want to tell you what our experience has been and what are all the news they have for us. That’s why we want you to stay with us so you can take a look at all these features that will get the most out of your Mac.

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So much so with these news, that Apple has decided to take a leap even in the name, we are much more than another North American mountain, macOS goes from being in version 10 to being in version 11, and that makes it quite clear to us that the Cupertino company that this new version is much more than a simple update.

An expected design change

Despite the fact that Apple is determined to deny it, the reality is that macOS every day looks more like iOS and iPadOS, and the first of the details that leads us to think about this is precisely the redesign of some icons that we have found in macOS Big Sur.

Not only that, but the contextual menus and some details such as pop-up messages have also received design innovations, more intense pastel tones and of course more rounded edges that immediately remind us of the iPhone or its own operating system. Something that from my point of view is a real success.

We are facing what would be the biggest redesign of macOS in the last decade, unnecessary elements that were overloading the images are eliminated, the system is unified and some translucent layers and larger icons are integrated. In fact, Apple has opted for the same type of icons as in iOS, without cutting a hair.

Control and Playback Center

The Control Center was until now an exclusive to iOS and Apple’s mobile systems. However, it seems that Apple has been “chewing” on this novelty for quite some time, so much so that it has removed the keyboard illumination keys on the new MacBook Airs.

For its part, the menu bar receives a new icon Control center Among which we will find more or less the same functions, very well designed and with all this:

  • Quick access to WiFi connection
  • Quick access to Bluetooth
  • Keyboard brightness settings
  • Display brightness settings
  • AirPlay and AirDrop
  • Volume settings
  • Media playback information

In the same way, right next to it we will receive a “playing now” button, in which we will be able to handle multimedia. This small player that will allow us to interact with the most common settings seems to me a real success because it is something that I personally had been demanding for a long time, even though it could already be done on MacBook devices that have TouchBar.

Notifications and Widgets Center

The Notification Center macOS is pretty outdated, so what are we going to fool ourselves. It was really lazy to interact with it because of its bad user interface. However, in this section macOS also wants to look a bit more like iOS and iPadOS, and once again it seems like a real success.

The small icon disappears and now the Notification Center will appear if we click on the date and time in the upper right corner. However, the most important news of the Notification Center will not stay here.

Also inherited from iOS come the Widgets, something that perhaps you had not imagined. macOS Big Sur will allow you to implement them but only in the Notification Center, in the same way that the interaction and size of notifications is equal to iOS.

Better updates and more Spotlight

The macOS Spotlight is one of those features that you do not appreciate well until you arrive from Windows and press CMD + Space. Then you realize that Apple works very hard to make Spotilight know what you are looking for and put it on the screen in just a second, and that when you are working is very appreciated.

In the same way updates They will be able to start in the background while you are working with your macOS and you will be able to rush until the last moment before getting down to work with the update, when you will have to restart (how lazy).

App improvements and redesign

Safari has received a redesign that makes it more useful, we have automatic translation in the navigation bar as in iOS, in the same way that the “new tab” button moves to the top, always centered and visible. It adapts well to the rest of the operating system, but it is not the only renewed application, let’s see the others:

  • Notes: New options in photo editing and redesign of the drop-down notes system.
  • App Store: It fully integrates with the iOS App Store both in terms of design and capabilities, without forgetting that Apple MacBooks with an M1 processor will be able to run iOS applications natively.
  • Maps is updated with the same functions as the mobile version such as expiring public sites, in addition to being able to send routes directly to the iPhone.
  • Messages also receives the full functionality of iOS 14 such as Memojis, share photos and GIFs quickly or group conversations.
  • New APFS format for Time Machine
  • Has SHA-256 encryption improvements

MacOS Big Sur Compatible Devices

  • MacBooks released in 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air released in 2013 and later
  • MacBook Pros released in 2013 and later
  • Mac mini released in 2014 and later
  • iMac released in 2014 and later
  • All iMac Pro models
  • Mac Pro released in 2013 and later