macOS Big Sur: the most interesting features we found so far

by birtanpublished on September 3, 2020

apple's newest mac os big sur is here let's dig into the developers beta and find out all of the most exciting new features first off you should know that we have a beta version of mac os big sur here

The public beta will come out in july and the main release will be generally available as a free software update for all users in the fall as long as your mac is compatible if you do have an apple developer account and

Want to download big sur right now i just recommend that you don't do so on your main computer because it is still a beta and there may be some bugs we're testing it out on a 2020 macbook air let's dive into some of the best

Features we've found so far the biggest change you'll find in mac os big sur is an apple safari web browser when you open safari you'll find a customizable start page

Which lets you pick from different wallpapers or use one of your own photos it's easier to manage all of your open tabs and a built-in translator will help you translate seven different languages you'll also

Find much better privacy features similar to those in the brave and firefox browsers a privacy report button will let you see how websites track your data and if any of your passwords have been

Compromised in a security breach apple promises that it'll load the websites you visit most often faster too another big update in mac os big sur comes in the messages app you can now do things like pin important

Conversations to the top of the app and when you search for something you can organize results by links photos or matching terms and for some fun you can now design your memoji right from your computer

Instead of your iphone personally there are few things more annoying than getting caught up in a long group text message where suddenly you have 50 new messages and none of them have anything to do with you

But luckily in mac os big sir apple's giving us a new way to keep those group messages under control type someone's name out in the group to tag them directly in the conversation and on the other end you can choose to

Only get a new notification if your name gets tagged moving on to another useful feature update maps the new maps app on big sur lets you explore new places with guides from trusted resources

Or ones you make yourself marking your favorite restaurants parks and vacation spots to share with family and friends you can also find 360 degree views of places like golden gate park in san francisco with the look around feature

There are pretty detailed indoor maps of major airports and shopping centers and if you have an electric car or scooter you can use ev routing which will let you know things like where charging stations are

The weather the elevation and your electric vehicle's current charge level while on your route another change you'll find in mac os big sur is also coming to ios and ipad os 14 widgets widgets are large dynamic icons

That show you live app information on your home screen like the weather or your daily stuff count without actually having to open those apps you can set it up so you see

Different widgets at different times a day like the weather in the morning and news headlines in the afternoon finally if you buy one of apple's new macs that comes with the new

Apple silicon chip your version of mac os will have an interesting new feature which is the ability to natively run iphone and ipad apps on your mac this means if you've already purchased an app on ios you won't need

To buy it again for mac os like you do now these new features really only scratch the surface of what you'll find in mac os big sur make sure you go to cnet.com to check

Out all of our coverage from wwdc including mac os and ios we're constantly testing these new operating systems and reporting on what we find drop me a note in the comments to let me know what you're looking forward to or

Maybe what doesn't impress you so much just please be kind this is my first cnet video

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