Apple today announced that macOS Big Sur will be released on Thursday, November 12. The news came out of Apple’s “One More Thing” event, where it revealed new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models with the M1 chip.
macOS Big Sur was previously revealed at WWDC in June, and will feature an overhauled look with what Apple is calling the biggest design update to macOS since the introduction of Mac OS X. This includes overhauling the curvature of window corners and dock icon designs.
While subtle, the changes should have a fresh feel in comparison to the current macOS. Other changes include lighter windows with additional translucency, a more translucent dock, app icons with a new uniform squircle shape, redone system sounds, and more.
There’s a refreshed menu bar with access to a customizable Control Center that includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop controls, keyboard brightness, Do Not Disturb, Dark Mode, sound level, and more. Likewise, Notification Center is redesigned with more interactive notifications grouped by app and iOS-style widgets with customizations in three different sizes.
Many of the first-party Apple apps have seen improvements and overhauls as well. Safari is faster and more battery efficient; Messages now support effects, @mentions, inline replies, and more; Maps supports Look Around, indoor maps, and Guides; Photos has expanded editing features; and Apple Music includes a new Listen Now section.
There are many more additions coming to macOS Big Sur on November 12, so be sure to read our full roundup if you’re interested. For more coverage on today’s event, check out our posts on the new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.