Apple has officially released macOS Big Sur, the latest version of macOS. It is a major update of Apple’s desktop and laptop software and features a variety of new additions and improvements, including a top-to-bottom redesign of the interface, icons and menu bar, a new control center UI and widgets.
The macOS Big Sur is also known as macOS 11.0 and is available for download for all compatible Mac devices.
The macOS Big Sur also includes new privacy focused features like better tracking information in Safari and new privacy data in the Mac App Store for apps that you download.
Apple hasn’t brought the new OS to existing Mac devices only, but also to the newly announced M1-powered MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac minicomputers that are expected to launch on 17th of November.
The specialty about Big Sur according to Apple is that it has been optimized to run on the new ARM based systems which are different from Intel versions that don’t offer an important feature: the ability to run iOS and iPad apps.
Mac devices that won’t be compatible with the new OS include the 2012 MacBook Airs, the mid-2012 and early-2013 MacBook Pros, the 2012 and 2013 Mac minis, and 2012 and 2013 iMacs.