Apple MacOS 11 Big Sur first public beta update content and applicable models


What was updated in the first public beta version of MacOS 11 Big Sur? What model is suitable for?As the biggest update of Apple‘s desktop operating system in recent years, MacOS Big Sur announced during WWDC 2020 has finally entered the public beta stage.

In addition to the major visual changes, MacOS Big Sur has added a number of new enhancements. It should be pointed out that as it is still in beta testing stage, Mac users may encounter some unexpected bugs during the experience, and some software currently relying on may not run perfectly on the new system.

(from: Apple)

In view of this, we do not recommend that you deploy MacOS Big Sur on the production equipment. At the same time, please make sure to do a good job of security backup of important documents.

After the installation, you will find that the windows of MacOS Big Sur have become more colorful and the dark mode has been further enhanced.

The app icon has also taken on a new look, becoming closer to the rounded rectangle of IOS. The menu bar now has a translucent effect to better blend into the wallpaper environment.

Apple also added a dedicated control center for MacOS Big Sur, providing an IOS like one-stop management experience, allowing users to easily set up Wi Fi, Bluetooth connections, and adjust display brightness and volume.

The notification center is no longer divided into two separate sections, notification and widget (now merged into one). Safari users can now customize the start page, add their favorite content, frequently visited websites, and even choose personalized background images.

There are also some improvements to the tabs, such as the ability to see a preview of an open web site by default when the user hovers over a tab on that site.

Like IOS 14, the safari browser in MacOS Big Sur provides what Apple calls a “privacy report” feature that shows which trackers the browser has blocked.

The messenger app is finally able to send messaging effects (confetti, balloons, lasers, etc.) just like on IOS, to fix a contact’s conversation, and to respond inline.

In addition, the public beta version of MacOS Big Sur has been updated in terms of maps and system sounds. If everything goes well, it is expected to be officially released sometime this autumn. Interested friends can try to install the experience on the following devices:

  • MacBook (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (late 2013 and later)
  • Mac mini (2014 and later)
  • IMac (2014 and later)
  • IMac pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)

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