What's new in the updates for macOS Big Sur

Learn about macOS Big Sur and any updates that are available for macOS Big Sur.

macOS Big Sur elevates the world’s most advanced desktop operating system to a new level of power and beauty. Experience Mac to the fullest with a refined new design. Enjoy the biggest Safari update ever. Discover new features for Maps and Messages. And get even more transparency around your privacy. Learn how to upgrade to macOS Big Sur.

macOS Big Sur updates improve the stability, performance, or compatibility of your Mac and are recommended for all Big Sur users. After installing macOS Big Sur, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu , then click Software Update to check for the latest updates. Learn more about updating the software on your Mac.

macOS Big Sur 11

Design 

  • New design for apps makes it easier to focus on your content and take action with space efficient toolbars and full height sidebars 
  • Updated menu bar features wider spacing and a new translucent material that becomes more vibrant when you interact with it
  • Refreshed system sounds include the boot chime and sounds for transferring files, moving items to the trash, locking files, and more

Control Center  

  • Control Center puts your favorite menus and controls in one handy place in the menu bar so you can quickly adjust settings as you work
  • Additional controls appear when you click to expand Control Center menus
  • Support for pinning favorite menus from Control Center to the menu bar

Notification Center 

  • Updated Notification Center brings notifications and widgets together in one view
  • Interactive notifications display additional information and actions when you expand them
  • Beautiful, new data-rich widgets for Calendar, Clock, Notes, Photos, Podcasts, Reminders, Screen Time, Stocks, and Weather
  • Edit view lets you to add new widgets and customize their size
  • Support for widgets from third-party apps

Safari

  • World’s fastest desktop browser with industry-leading performance and energy efficiency*
  • Customizable new start page lets you set a background image and decide what appears, including Reading List, iCloud Tabs, Privacy Report and more 
  • Expanded extensions support and new dedicated category in the App Store for discovering new extensions
  • New tab design featuring favicons in tabs, and website previews that appear when you hover over a tab
  • Translation (beta) for English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese [US-English and Canadian-English only]
  • Privacy Report gives you visibility into how Safari keeps your browsing your business, with an overview of trackers blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Safari password monitoring securely screens saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach
  • Safari privacy prompts for extensions let you choose when a website can work with an extension

Messages 

  • Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite threads at the top of the list
  • Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation
  • Inline replies let you reply to a specific message earlier in the conversation
  • Message effects for balloons, confetti, lasers and more
  • #images helps you find and add trending GIFs to messages
  • Memoji makes it simple to create a personalized character and send stickers that match your mood and personality

Maps

  • Guides offer recommendations for places to go and things to do, curated by a selection of trusted brands
  • Look Around to explore cities in a high-resolution, interactive 3D experience
  • Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers
  • Cycling directions helps you find bike-friendly routes to your destination
  • Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips for supported vehicles that you add on iPhone

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices. 

* Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection, and other factors.

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