16 November 2020
As announced during the ARM-based Mac launch event, Apple has made macOS Big Sur available for all eligible Mac users around the globe. The new operating system version is being touted as the biggest Mac software update in years. There is a complete revamp of the user interface and experience that brings a lot closer to the iOS/iPadOS experience.
The new update is so huge for Apple that it has jumped to macOS 11.x from macOS 10.x aka macOS X that it was using since 2001. While long-term macOS users should feel right at home, they will surely notice visual changes that will give them the sense of a design overhaul. For example, Dock works the same but it now appears a lot more in-line with a design scheme that we see on iOS and iPadOS devices.
Apple has made changes to quick controls so that they are visible only when they are needed. This ensures that users have a bigger and cleaner viewing area when they do not need them. Control Center on Mac now works exactly like on iOS where a user can access it from the top right corner whenever needed.
You might be aware that Apple added support for widgets with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 releases. The same widget experience is also available on macOS Big Sur. These widgets will be accessible from the redesigned Notification Center that is again similar to the iOS experience. There are many more such new features and changes that we have already covered in a separate article.
If you own any of the eligible Mac devices, you can grab the macOS Big Sur update by visiting System Preferences->Software Update options. Another way to check for the update is to click on the Apple menu followed by About This Mac->Software Update button.