macOS Big Sur Overview Updated September 22, 2020

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June 2020 - September 2020


The next version of macOS, named Big Sur, was announced at WWDC on June 22nd, 2020. It includes a UI overhaul that brings it closer to iOS in style. Many buttons are now chromeless and highlight as you mouseover. There is a lot more translucency, and app icons in the Dock now look similar their iOS counterparts too.

macOS Big Sur Features

macOS Big Sur also brings Control Center to the macOS for the first time with quick access to brightness and other quick toggles.

The Notification Center in macOS is now up-to-date with the iOS version, featuring grouping and rich interface styles. The iOS 14 widget system is also available on macOS.

The Messages app for Mac has also been revamped with an inline photo picker and Memoji. The Apple Maps app has also been modernized, now as a  Catalyst app so it shares the same codebase with iOS.

Compatible Macs

Here’s the full list of macOS 11 Big Sur compatible Macs:

  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • 2013 and later MacBook Air
  • 2013 and later MacBook Pro
  • 2014 and later Mac mini
  • 2014 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • 2013 and later Mac Pro

macOS Big Sur Release Date

A developer beta is available now, public beta in July, with the general release in the fall.

macOS Big Sur Stories September 22

Apple today released the eighth beta developer of macOS Big Sur, which is expected to be available to the public sometime later this year. This follows the release of the seventh beta last Thursday, which suggests that Apple is pushing the development process to launch the first public version of macOS Big Sur in the coming weeks.

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macOS Big Sur Stories September 17

While iOS 14 and other Apple software are now available to the public, macOS Big Sur will remain in beta testing for a bit longer. Apple has just released the seventh beta release of macOS Big Sur to developers following this week’s special event.

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macOS Big Sur Stories September 14

Safari 14 comes preinstalled with macOS Big Sur, and it will be available as a separate update for macOS Catalina later this year with new features and improvements. One of the most notable changes is the redesigned start screen, which features website suggestions and custom wallpapers. Read on as we explain how you can change the wallpaper of the Safari 14 start screen on macOS.

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macOS Big Sur Stories September 9

Don’t worry, I haven’t taken leave of my senses: I’m not writing a Big Sur Diary because I’m running it on my primary Mac. But since a recent piece reminded me that I had a spare Mac sitting in a cupboard, it seemed a relatively small risk to install it on that.

One concern many have expressed over the years is the possible “iOS-sification” of macOS. In other words, with iOS (and now iPadOS) the big money spinners, that Apple might compromise the power of the Mac’s user interface in order to make it more consistent with the iPhone and iPad…

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macOS Big Sur Stories September 3

Making a bootable macOS Big Sur USB drive is a quick and clean way to install a fresh copy of macOS on your Mac. This hands-on tutorial is valid for both the public and developer beta versions of macOS Big Sur, and will also work with the final version of Big Sur upon its release later this year. Simply follow our step-by-step guide for the full details.

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Apple is continuing the beta testing process for macOS 11 Big Sur today with the release of the sixth developer beta. Today’s update continues to refine the macOS 11 Big Sur experience ahead of its public release later this fall.

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