Apple is making a number of improvements to Safari in macOS Big Sur including supporting playback of HDR videos. This change will allow Netflix users to stream content in 4K HDR with Dolby Vision on their new Macs.
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Apple claims that the move to its own Apple Silicon will lead to a number of benefits in future Macs. Among them, the company noted in one of its developer-oriented presentations at WWDC 2020, is that the startup manager in macOS will be integrated with the boot process thereby ensuring that users will no longer have to press various key combinations during the boot process for booting into recovery mode, resetting the SMC, and more. The entire process will be much more streamlined.
macOS Big Sur embraces a whole new design perspective that gels the Mac together with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. While not everyone will appreciate the change in aesthetics (I for one love it), the latest upgrade to macOS also comes with a slew of Safari-related features, improved search capabilities, and lots of improvements to native Mac apps. And with Apple set to transition from Intel-based chips to Apple’s own in-house silicon, macOS Big Sur looks set to be an exciting update.
Despite coming with fast multi-core processors, blazing-fast SSDs, and oodles of RAM, Macs take an extremely long time to install system updates. Even a simple point release of macOS Catalina can end up taking nearly 10 minutes to install on a 2019 or 2020 MacBook Pro which is not really acceptable. With macOS Big Sur, Apple is finally getting around to fixing this problem.