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macOS Big Sur (11): New design, control center, widgets and more

Apple macOS Big Sur
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At the WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple also talked about the new macOS Big Surprochen. The new design in particular stands out.

macOS Big Sur has got a new and very modern design. This is particularly noticeable in apps with a sidebar and in the title bar of a window. The whole thing looks similar to the redesigned iPad apps. The dock now looks similar to the one on the iPad, and Apple has redesigned the icons. The best way to see the result is on the screenshots.

Control center and notifications

Apple macOS Big Sur homescreen

Screenshot: TechnikNews

Apple is bringing the Control Center to the Mac for the first time. You can use it to regulate things like brightness or volume. The notification center also got a facelift. The individual messages are now not shown in their own sidebar, but are placed directly on top of the current screen content. That also looks more modern. Another new feature is that Apple has adopted the widgets from iOS 14.


macOS Big Sur now allows the Messages app to create and edit your own Memoji. What was previously reserved for mobile devices are the news effects. These are now also available on the Mac. Apple introduced pinned conversations in messages with iOS 14. This feature is now also coming to the Mac.


Mac Catalyst allows developers to make the iPad version of their own app available for the Mac without much work. With Big Sur, developers can now make even better use of the computer's display resolution. Apple has also ported some of its own apps as Catalyst versions, including the Maps and Messages app.


The company from Cupertino has probably donated most of the innovations to the Safari browser.

Nice-to-have: The browser can now load frequently visited pages even faster. And it still gets less battery and performance than the competitionproproducts consumed. Furthermore, it is now possible to define exactly which browser extensions can access which websites. The tab management is also new. Among other things, more tabs are now shown at once. In addition, you can now have the respective website translated directly in the browser.

There are also some new privacy features, especially for extensions. In this way you can precisely define whether an extension may only be active this time, only for a certain website or always for all websites. Blocked trackers are now also clearly displayed in a shield menu.

The beta for macOS for developers will appear today, the general beta version ("Public Beta") for all users from July. The finished version will be available for download from autumn.

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