MacOS Big Sur is a powerful, beautiful and elegant operating system in the world of computers. O look&feel Apple is present in the most diverse details, graphic and mechanical details that the system presents. In addition, behind the look, the Cupertino company has equipped macOS Big Sur with great features.
After being released, the new Apple operating system reveals itself and we show some features.
macOS Big Sur is beautiful and powerful
Apple wants to standardize the graphics line of its various operating systems. As such, from iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS to macOS, the tools, features and design are increasingly homogeneous.
In addition to the look, macOS Big Sur brings some management news, security and privacy improvements in Safari, as well as other features. That is what we are going to look at today.
What's new in macOS Big Sur 11.0.1
MacOS Big Sur raises the level of power and elegance of the computer operating system and becomes the most advanced in the world. Get the most out of your Mac with a new, even more sophisticated design, explore the biggest Safari update ever, discover the new features of Maps and Messages, with guaranteed transparency in managing your privacy.
- The new design makes it easier to focus on content and perform actions, with toolbars that make better use of space and sidebars across the entire height of the screen.
- The menu bar is more widely spaced and uses new translucent material that becomes more vibrant when interacting with the bar.
- Update of system sounds and startup sound.
- The control center brings together your favorite menus and controls in the menu bar, so you can adjust the settings while you work.
- Click to expand the control center menus and access additional controls.
- Support for displaying favorite control panel menus in the menu bar.
- The updated notification center brings together notifications and widgets in one view.
- Interactive notifications present additional information and actions when they are expanded.
- New widgets, full of information, for Calendar, Clock, Notes, Photos, Podcasts, Reminders, Screen Weather, Stock Market and Weather.
- The edit view allows you to add new widgets and customize the size.
- Support for third-party application widgets.
- The world's fastest desktop browser with industry-leading performance and energy efficiency. *
- The new customizable entry page allows you to define a background image and decide what is displayed, such as the reading list, iCloud tabs, privacy report, etc.
- Extended extension support and a new category on the App Store to discover new extensions.
- New tab design, with favicons on tabs and website previews that appear when you place your cursor over a tab.
- Translation (beta) into English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese.
- The privacy report shows how Safari protects your data on the internet and presents the trackers blocked by intelligent tracking prevention.
- Safari's password monitoring analyzes saved passwords to detect whether they were part of a data breach.
- Safari's privacy notices for extensions let you choose whether a website can interact with an extension.
- The posted conversations section allows you to keep up to nine favorite conversations at the top of the list.
- With mentions, you can address a message to a specific person in a group conversation.
- Embedded replies allow you to reply directly to a previous message in the conversation.
- Message effects for balloons, confectionery, lasers, etc.
- #images helps you find and add popular GIFs to messages.
- With Memoji, you can create a character in your image and send stickers that reflect your mood and personality.
- Find recommendations for places to visit and activities in guides with content selected by trusted brands.
- Explore cities in an interactive 3D experience in high resolution with the Look around option.
- Interior maps of the main airports and shopping centers.
- Bicycle directions help you find recommended routes for cyclists.
- Electric vehicle itineraries help you plan trips for the supported vehicles you add on your iPhone.
10 tips for using macOS Big Sur news
1 - Discover the new Control Center
The Control Center plays an important role on the iPhone and iPad and is finally here on macOS Big Sur. But where?
Okay, to get access, just click on the Control Center icon (it looks like a pair of sliders stacked on top of each other) in the upper right corner of the screen. Click and it will appear immediately.
So, as would be expected, the Control Center brings much of what we already knew about iOS and iPadOS. It has control for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, Do not disturb, among others. Everything is very well organized and with slider controls, buttons highlighted to manage the brightness of the screen, to project the screen image on devices, such as Apple TV, for example, volume and the music / video player.
As you can see, most of these controls can expand to show more options. For example, if Monitor control click to expand, we can activate dark mode and night shift options.
2. Drag items from the Control Center to the Menu Bar
Still on the Control Center, if any of the commands is used so much that it always needs to be visible in the menu bar, we can isolate it in that area by dragging the icon from inside the Center to the bar.
Thus, we can drag one of these icons to the Big Sur Menu Bar. This way, the option available in the Control Center is individualized.
3. Manage notifications quickly
MacOS Big Sur now brings a Notification Center renewed. As with iOS and iPadOS, notifications are now grouped by application, which makes them significantly easier to manage.
Just right-click on a notification or notification stack for a specific application. Then select Mute or Disable. This way you can have notifications falling on this site, but without “disturbing”. We can also turn off notifications and they will not be placed here.
In addition, you can click the option Notification preferences for detailed management of notifications.
4. Resize widgets quickly
A Notification Center it also features the same redesigned widgets that we have on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. These have no interactivity (for example, the Calculator has a direct link to the Calculator application), but most have a few options.
As you can see in the image, most of the widgets in macOS Big Sur are resizable, allowing you to switch between various levels of detail quickly.
Just right-click on a widget and choose any of the available sizes (small, medium or large).
5. Show battery percentage
After upgrading to macOS Big Sur on a MacBook, you will immediately notice the lack of a percentage reading on the Battery icon in the menu bar.
If you want to bring it back, start by going to System Preferences >, click Dock and menu bar > Drums. Check the box next to Show percentage.
6. Show remaining battery life
With the launch of macOS Sierra (in 2016), Apple ruled out reading the 'runtime' of MacBook batteries. Fortunately, this functionality is back to macOS Big Sur.
So, to access this information, just click on the Battery icon in the menu bar. There you will be able to check an estimate of the remaining battery usage time on your MacBook.
As we can see in the image, the tool now gives us some recommendations and information.
7. View battery usage history
Speaking of battery, macOS Big Sur also comes with battery details and statistics for your MacBook. Let's go to System Preferences > Drums to check the Battery Level and Use with the screen on. This can be seen in the last 24 hours or the last 10 days.
Isn't it a novelty for you? Of course not, anyone who uses iOS or iPadOS surely knows this tool.
If you open your iPhone or iPad and go to Definitions > Drums, you will understand why we say that more and more Apple wants to standardize its operating systems.
8. Customize Safari tabs
Many new features have been added to the macOS Big Sur browser. Thus, Safari has gained a number of improvements that will provide you with greater performance and speed (50% faster than Chrome according to Apple).
In addition, the modifications will bring to this browser a more modern user interface, support for API WebExtensions (which allows developers to port extensions from other browsers) and interesting new features, such as the preview of tabs in the background.
In this field, there is, in our perspective, a more interesting novelty, which are the new customizable tabs. To activate, click on the Personalize icon (it looks like a stack of sliders in the lower right corner of the screen) and you can quickly activate or deactivate new sections of the tab, such as Favorites, Most visited, Privacy report, among others, as shown in the image below. follow.
As you can see, here you will be able to add backgrounds to the home page. There are several examples, but you can also choose an image of yourself. Safari is fantastic now!
9. View crawlers from blocked websites
Safari on macOS Big Sur not only prevents website crawlers from maintaining control over the user by default, but the user can also view blocked crawlers in real time. When browsing any website, just click on the Privacy icon to the left of the address to open a flyout with a list of blocked trackers.
10. Messaging - Keep conversations organized
With the new operating system, the Messages app is even better. You can now reply directly to a previous message in the conversation or type someone's name to refer to them specifically.
You can also post important conversations: swipe your finger to the right of a conversation and click the Post button. The posted conversations appear above the list at the top of the sidebar.
In summary… many of these are very important features in everyday life and others add something to the user experience. However, in addition to these, Apple's new operating system brought many more.