Apple held its latest product show on Tuesday, October 13, where the California company presented its latest iPhone. Following the launch of major updates to iOS, tvOS, watchOS and iPadOS a day after the Apple event in September, many had hoped that the remaining operating system upgrade – macOS – would also follow the announcement earlier this week. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Apple did not even mention its operating systems during the pre-recorded event – there was no discussion about the popularity of iOS 14, how developers have rushed to embrace the new features in iPadOS, or how the progress of getting macOS Big Sur ready to launch is going. Zilch.
However, this can change a lot, very soon.
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A new beta is a good sign that Apple is making solid progress with the update to macOS, which completely rethinks the design – brings standardized iOS-style app icons to the desktop, Control Center with quick access to frequently used settings, Notification Center with upgraded modules such as those found in iOS and iPadOS 14.
And that’s not all, Apple has also revised the Messages app so that it has exactly the same number of features that iPhone and iPad owners can enjoy, including MeMoji, animations and responses to individual texts from a thread. Elsewhere, Photos now have the benefits of an enhanced Retouch tool, the Apple Musics For You section has been replaced with a Listen Now tab, and Siri can answer a wider range of questions.
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With progress regularly ticking along with macOS Big Sur, we’ll probably soon hear news of the final release date. Apple has already promised to debut new Mac hardware powered by its specially designed processors – from the same team that designed the silicon on the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods – before the end of the year. With two pre-recorded Apple events under our belt for the same number of months, we would not be surprised to see the pattern continue.
According to Jon Prosser, host of the incredibly popular Front Page Tech channel on YouTube, this is exactly what will happen. According to sources who speak to Prosser, the next Apple Event will be held on November 17. Like its predecessors, it will be streamed online from Apple’s website, YouTube channel, Apple TV channel and iOS app.
While the main focus of the event will be Apple Silicon, macOS will likely get a mention and – fingers crossed – a launch date.
With the switch from industry-standard Intel chips, Apple could easily fill an hour or two and discuss how their chipsets benefit the next generation MacBook, Mac Pro and iMac compared to similar silicon from Intel.
Not only that, but it would be the perfect time to unleash macOS Big Sur, which will be pre-installed on the first Apple Silicon-powered Macs when they hit store shelves worldwide.
If you’re interested in what the latest beta – the tenth since it was announced at Apple’s annual worldwide developer conference earlier this summer – introduced to macOS Big Sur, it switches the volume icon at the top of the screen to an AirPods or AirPods Pro icon when you listen with one of these Bluetooth devices.
Of course, it is also the usual truck with stability improvements and bug fixes. However, as we approach the latest rollout of the software, we are unlikely to see any major new features.
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