Apple has not only rebranded its Mac OS to macOS to better match its other product lines but has finally introduced Big Sur (macOS 11), the next major update to the operating system. Announced yesterday at WWDC2020, the latest offering from Apple includes updates to the Safari web browser, an updated Messages app and more immersive Maps.
Safari has received a tabs overhaul to make sure you can access your favorite sites faster and easier. You will also get a preview of the page just by hovering over the icon. Safari can also help translate pages instantly with a click now and a new Privacy Report helps users protect their passwords.
Apple has also redesigned the Messages app for Big Sur. Users can now pin favorite conversations to the top of the list and create and customize their Memoji on macOS. A refined search bar helps find links and photos quickly and direct messaging to a specific person in group messages is also possible.
Maps is more interactive than ever with a Look Around function that offers 360-degree views of a location. You can also send cycling and EV routes to your iPhone. The immersive functions also allow you to find indoor maps of shopping centers and major airports.
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering had this to say:
"macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade. With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers."
While we wait for a new iPhone from Apple, take a look at its price friendly iPhone SE 2, announced earlier this year.