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Big Sur will also be the first version of the operating system to run on Applewith the , as well as its older Intel-based machines. If you with the M1 chip, . Apps will run faster and smoother, Apple executives said during a , and you will also see better device security.
Even if you’re not planning to upgrade to a new Mac, Big Sur still has a lot to offer on your current system.
Do you want to get Big Sur now? We have instructions on this, and , but beware: some users report .
Here are five parts of macOS Big Sur with new features that you will want to check out when you upgrade and how you will use them.
What’s new: Perhaps the biggest upgrade in macOS Big Sur comes in Apple’s Safari web browser. Apple said this is the biggest update to Safari since its launch in 2003. The revamped browser loads the websites you visit most often faster and has better tab management capabilities. You will also findincluding a privacy report button that allows you to see how websites track your data and check if your passwords have been compromised by a security breach
A new App Store category for Safari extensions lets you customize what sites and times each extension is used, if you don’t want it to be always active. And on a customizable Safari homepage, you can choose from a curated group of backgrounds or use one of your own photos. You can also use it to translate languages from seven different languages with a built-in function.
How you will use it: Open the Safari browser in the same way as before. Where you go depends on what you want to do: if you scroll to a website in another language, you can press a button to translate it. If you have multiple tabs open, you will see the website favicons by default, so you can find the one you want faster. Preview the content on a tab by hovering over it and click to remove all tabs to the right of a tab. Tap the privacy report button to see what data is being collected on the site you are visiting.
What’s new: Thein macOS Big Sur includes ways to freeze calls (similar to a feature in the new ), options to better break through group messages, a redesigned search function, and new options for memoji design and use of message effects.
How you will use it: Pin important conversations at the top of the app for faster access. Instantly message one person in a group and thread messages within a group, to keep those big chats in check. Type someone’s name in the group to tag it directly in the conversation. You can choose to be notified of new messages in the group only if your name is mentioned. Organize your search results by links, photos or matching terms. Add message effects such as balloons and confetti and create andon the Mac.
What’s new: The new Maps app in Big Sur has more options to help you explore new places and share what you find, view detailed maps of major airports and shopping centers, view a destination in 360 degrees, and use EV routing.
How you will use it: Explore an area with guides from trusted sources, or create your own by marking your favorite restaurants, parks, and vacation spots to create a guide to share with friends and family. Get a 360-degree view of a destination with the Look Around feature. View detailed maps of major airports and shopping centers. If you have an electric car or scooter, use it, taking into account factors such as charging stations, weather, altitude and the current charge level of your electric vehicle on your route.
What’s new: Like itand , MacOS Big Sur brings to your home screen. Widgets are large, dynamic icons that display live app information such as the weather or your daily step count.
How you will use it: Instead of opening weather, calendar, or fitness tracking apps, you can use widgets to display an overview of their core information in a live feed on your home screen. Display different widgets at different times of the day, so you can see the weather in the morning and the news in the afternoon, for example. Create widgets in small, medium or large sizes.
iPhone and iPad apps
What’s new: like youpowered by the new , your computer can run native iPhone and iPad apps.
How you will use it: Go to the Mac App Store to install the new apps. Many iOS apps can run alongside MacOS apps. If you’ve already bought an app on iOS, you don’t have to buy it again for MacOS – just download it there too.
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