As announced at its ‘One more thing’ event earlier this week, Apple will be releasing macOS Big Sur to the public later today. Big Sur is a major update that comes with plenty of new features and changes and many people are likely going to be very excited about its release. If you are looking forward to using macOS Big Sur and wondering what time it will be available for download in your time zone, read below.
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Apple announced macOS Big Sur at WWDC 2020 and dropped its first beta right after. Since then, the company has gone on to release a dozen beta updates for macOS Big Sur but did not talk about its public release. At its ‘One more thing’ event today, Apple has finally announced the public release date of macOS Big Sur alongside its new Apple Silicon Macs.
Apple’s stock wallpaper collection for macOS is amazing. Needless to say, Apple spends a lot of time and effort to create new wallpapers. The latest macOS Big Sur features a default wallpaper that pictures California’s mountainous cliffs. Typically you would have to use a drone and visit California’s Central Coast to take the picture. Matt Birchler has saved himself the trouble and recreated the macOS wallpaper in Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2020.
With every new release of macOS, Apple tends to release a new default system wallpaper as well. The release of macOS Big Sur is no different, with the new wallpaper offering a stunning look at Big Sur itself. The “crack marketing team” at Apple behind such wallpapers obviously goes to great lengths to capture them. So, exactly how hard can it be to recreate the macOS Big Sure wallpaper? YouTuber Andrew Levitt went on an adventurous journey with two of his friends to do exactly that.
Apple unveiled the biggest update to macOS in years, introducing macOS Big Sur during the first online-only WWDC keynote last month. The macOS Big Sur Beta 1 update was released just after the WWDC keynote. Now, a developer has posted detailed side-by-side comparison images of macOS Catalina vs. macOS Big Sur to showcase design changes between the two versions.
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.
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.