Apple has just released macOS Big Sur, the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system. It’s available to Mac users as a free software update and introduces a stunning redesign that is packed with new enhancements for key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps. In addition to new privacy features, this version of macOS has been engineered to take full advantage of all the power of the M1 chip. An all-new Control Center gives users quick access to controls for Do Not Disturb, displays, keyboard brightness, and more, straight from the menu bar. Read more for two videos, including a review, and additional information.
What some macOS users have been anticipating is the new Safari update, which is now 50 percent faster than Chrome. Streaming on popular platforms just got more vivid and clear with the addition of both YouTube as well as Netflix in 4K HDR. Maps has also been revamped and lets users discover places to visit and things to do with Guides from brands they trust, as well as create custom guides of favorite restaurants, parks, and vacation ideas to share with friends and family.
- Apple-designed M1 chip for a giant leap in CPU, GPU, and machine learning performance
- Go longer than ever with up to 18 hours of battery life
- 8-core CPU delivers up to 3.5x faster performance to tackle projects faster than ever
- Up to eight GPU cores with up to 5x faster graphics for graphics-intensive apps and games
- 16-core Neural Engine for advanced machine learning
With Big Sur, Apple’s community of more than 28 million developers have access to the tools they need to create amazing experiences for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Developing apps is now even easier, as macOS provides a range of incredible technologies to simplify the transition to Apple silicon,” said the company.