This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The upcoming macOS Big Sur will introduce a new screen and interface, as well as a number of features that have already been announced. A developer beta is already available, and a video has been released outlining the changes and additional features revealed in the beta.
MacRumors has gone into detail on each of the major redesigns and new features in macOS Big Sur, while capturing them in a video that's just under six minutes long. It was also reported that the system sound has been redesigned from the current macOS Catalina, but this is an in-depth report that goes directly into the ease of use.
Refreshed Design - The windows have rounded corners for a cleaner look. The icons and menu bar have also been redesigned to be more consistent while still being useful. Mostly tweaks, but overall the changes improve visibility and usability.
Control Center - macOS now has the same Control Center from the menu bar that's familiar on the iPhone, allowing you to set WiFi, AirDrop, Bluetooth, volume, display and keyboard brightness, dark mode, night shift, and more. In addition, quick access controls are also available. And you can customize it, so you can use your favorite operations right away.
Notification Center - One of Big Sur's biggest design updates, it's as polished in appearance as the widgets introduced in iOS 14, and customizable in size and functionality. Notifications are grouped by app to make them easier to read, and many of them are now interactive. For example, you can reply to an email without opening the Mail app, or check your calendar for attendance requests in detail.
Safari Customization - You can now choose the wallpaper for the Safari start page from the Apple's options or your own photos. Add Favorites, Frequently Visited websites, Siri Suggestions, Reading List, iCloud Tabs, and the new Privacy Report for quick access to your favorite features.
Safari Privacy Report - A new feature that gives you visibility into service providers' trackers that track visitors across the web. You can see the trackers embedded in the sites you're currently browsing by clicking the little shield button. It also provides a Tracking Report that summarizes information about the trackers that are blocked each week and the ones used by the most sites.
Safari Tab Previews - You can preview the open tabs when you hover over them. This is handy if you have a lot of tabs open because you don't have to click to see what's in them.
Safari Translations - Built-in translation features, no need to install extensions. At the time of writing, English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese are supported, but Japanese is not supported.
Messages - The new app is now a Mac Catalyst app, which is a port from Messages for iOS, and has many of the same features. Any chat can now be pinned to the top of the list and you can now reply directly to a specific message (in-line reply) in any chat. In addition, the ability to paste photos has been updated, and you can now set images with Memojis and emojis as group photos, and search has been greatly improved.
Battery Usage - The Battery in System Preferences now shows battery level and screen usage segregated over 24 hours or the last 10 days. Also, the battery life estimates that were removed in 2016 macOS Sierra have been restored.
Video Editing - Video editing is now supported in the standard Photos app, allowing you to adjust parameters such as light and color, add filters, and crop and rotate your video without having to use a third party app.
The public beta for iOS/iPadOS 14 is now available to anyone who registers for it, but that of macOS Big Sur has no delivery date yet.
Since Macs are often used for business purposes, it would be fatal if the software and resident tools they were using didn't work, so we are hesitant to install a beta version of the OS, but if you have a second Mac used for a hobby, you may try it at your own risk when it starts to be delivered.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.