Successor of macOS Catalina (10.15), the new macOS system Big On version 11 is described by Apple as the biggest change since the introduction of Mac OS X there are close to 20 years.
Visually, one can discover the latest refinements to the interface such as the translucency, the Dock and the menu bar have been redesigned and streamlined, and several similarities with the interfaces of mobile devices iOS of the iPhone and iPadOS tablets.
For example, the control Center which allows in a blink of an eye to adjust a host of settings on iOS ends up in the right corner of the screen on Big Sur, volume, WiFi, night mode, brightness, etc
The control Center on macOS Big On
But it is under the hood that operates the major overhaul of Big Sur, which is designed to run on future ARM processors developed by Apple for the upcoming Mac computers.
By the time the new Macs to ARM chips come out, here are all the models of Mac computers that will be able to ride on macOS Big Sur, according to Apple :
- MacBook, 2015 and newer
- MacBook Air 2013 and newer
- MacBook Pro, late 2013 and newer
- Mac Mini 2014 and newer
- iMac, 2014 and newer
- iMac Pro (all models), 2017 and newer
- Mac Pro, 2013 and newer
The graphical interface of the macOS system Big On version 11
Several software shipped with the systems macOS bring new features and improvements.
In second place behind Chrome on the browser market, Safari gets a lot of attention in this release of Big Sur.
According to Apple, their browser will open the pages frequently visited by up to 50% faster than Chrome and monitor your saved passwords to find those who could be exposed to security vulnerabilities. In addition, it will offer a button privacy Report that will analyze what we know about the data followed by the site to which you navigate. Finally, Safari will feature a translation function built-in as does Google.
Modernized, the system of extensions, Safari could be set to grant, for example, to an extension of limited access to the browsing history or to a specific site or on all sites.
Finally, there will be to Safari a new category in the App Store for extensions, as well as a new start page is fully customizable.
Personalized home Page in the Safari browser on macOS Big On
Competitor to Google Maps, the maps application of Big Sur will offer more options to explore and look for what you want, as detailed maps of the interior of the main airports and shopping centres, with a view of 360 degrees of a destination, and a routing function dedicated to electric vehicles.
A view of the software Plans of macOS Big On
The names of the systems in Apple
Difficult to find at Apple a logic behind the system name, double name, numeric, and name. Even asking my contact at Apple, it is motus and mouth stitched.
Mac OS X 10.0 (2001) to 10.2, the names of the systems were digital and supplemented code names of big cats; Cheetah, Puma and Jaguar.
Subsequently, the names of animals have taken over the numbers of the versions that are probably less sexy and more difficult to remember : Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion versions 10.3 to 10.8.
Then, from 10.8, the name “Mac” disappears up to version 10.11 so that the systems called OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan released in 2015. Other changes here, the names of animals have been replaced from 10.9 natural sites in the United States.
Mavericks is a site of reefs in California, very popular for surfers; Yosemite is a national park, while El Capitan is a vertical rock formation 3,000 ft of the same park and is popular with the climbers.
Interface of macOS Big On
Adieu “X 10”
In 2016, the return of the name “mac” in all lowercase this time seconded to geographical sites : macOS Sierra (v. 10.12), macOS High Sierra (v. 10.13), macOS Mojave (v. 10.14), macOS Catalina (v. 10.15) and the newer macOS’s Big Sur (v. 11), which refers to a section of rugged and mountainous of the central coast of California, very popular for its spectacular scenery – also the longest stretch of coast undeveloped in the United States.
New with Big Sur, the name is simplified. As well, Apple abandoned the name digital “double ten” or X 10.yy, which has prevailed from 2001 to mid-2020 for the most simple of “macOS Big On version 11.0”.