After almost 20 years of macOS X, Apple moves to macOS 11 a Big Sur update
Mac OS X was originally presented as the tenth major version of Apple’s operating system for Macintosh computers; current versions of macOS retain the major version number “10”. Previous Macintosh operating systems (versions of the classic Mac OS) were named using Arabic numerals, as with Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9. The letter “X” in Mac OS X’s name refers to the number 10, a Roman numeral, and Apple has stated that it should be pronounced “ten” in this context.
The first version of Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server 1.0, was a transitional product, featuring an interface resembling the classic Mac OS, though it was not compatible with software designed for the older system. Consumer releases of Mac OS X included more backward compatibility. Mac OS applications could be rewritten to run natively via the Carbon API; many could also be run directly through the Classic Environment with a reduction in performance.
The consumer version of Mac OS X was launched in 2001 with Mac OS X 10.0. Reviews were variable, with extensive praise for its sophisticated, glossy Aqua interface, but criticizing it for sluggish performance. With Apple’s popularity at a low, the makers of several classic Mac applications such as FrameMaker and PageMaker declined to develop new versions of their software for Mac OS X.
Well now after 20 years of the launch of macOS X Apple has finally decided to move on, as the company launches new update macOS 11 also known as Big Sur. If you look at the past announcements this year Apple is having a successful 2020, we saw how the company decided to switch x86 Intel chip with its own ARM-based chip for its Macs. We also saw Apple iPhone 12 to have the most unique feature- iOS renamed as iPhone OS. So let’s take a look at all the information you need to know about the Apple macOS 11.
Apple macOS 11 Big Sur system requirements
- 12-inch 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 (all models)
- Mac Pro (2013 and later)
Apple macOS 11 Big Sur features
Complete design refresh
macOS 10.xx (or macOS X as it originally) has changed significantly in design over time since its 2001 launch, but there’s never been such a big refresh in one go as there is this year. The color palette, window edges, icons, menu bar, and buttons have all been refreshed and yes, it seems very much more iPad-like in appearance. A new translucent menu bar moves icons out of view when you’re not using them. There’s now an even more iOS-like Control Center in the customizable menu bar, while Notification Center has also been made more interactive with redesigned widgets that can be different sizes. All the core apps also have a design refresh. Mac Catalyst apps (ported from iOS and iPadOS) automatically inherit the new look.
Apple says that Safari has been given a speed boost that compares favorably with Chrome but notably there was no comparison shown with Microsoft Edge or Firefox. Tabs have also been entirely redesigned and are now identifiable by favicon, bringing it in line with other browsers. There are also some additional personalization features, too. Safari Extensions will be easier to install and use and can be found more easily in the Mac App Store. Privacy reports are also now more detailed in Safari, too.
Messages on the Mac haven’t been the most reliable app since its introduction but now things are being beefed up, with new tools to pin important conversations for quick access and share expressive messages. Search is now much easier to use. You can also now use balloons, confetti, and Memojis on the Mac, too. Group messaging has also been made a lot easier on the Mac, too, with inline replies and group icon photos to easily identify the group.
Maps have also received a power-up in iOS and iPad OS and so new features also come to the Mac as well. You can discover places to visit with Guides or create custom Guides, too. Look around enables you to view destinations in 360 degrees, while there are also cycling and EV features, too.
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