Apple today released the tenth beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur update for developers for testing purposes, two weeks after the release of the ninth beta and almost four months after the new update was unveiled at the worldwide developer conference.
MacOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center, and once the current profile is installed, the subsequent beta will be available through the software update mechanism in System Preferences.
macOS Big Sur introduces an updated design to the Mac operating system, overtaking the entire look from the curvature of the window corners to the dock icons to the system sounds. Everything has a lighter and more modern look. It’s a new customizable control center that mirrors the control center on iOS devices, and puts important system controls right at your fingertips.
The notification center has been redesigned with iOS widgets available in several sizes, plus there are several interactive notifications that are now grouped by app to make it easier to see what’s happening. Safari is faster and more battery-efficient, plus it’s a new homepage that can be customized with wallpapers and sections that include a reading list and iCloud tabs, making Safari more tailored to your individual usage needs.
Tabs now support web page preview, there is a built-in language translation feature, Chrome and Firefox extensions can be ported to Safari, and YouTube supports 4K video playback. It is also an option to choose which sites an extension works with for greater privacy. Speaking of privacy, a new privacy reporting feature lets users know which tracks Safari is blocking when you visit websites.
Messages has been brought in line with the Messages app on iOS with support for fixed calls, reviews, built-in answers and Memoji creation, plus the built-in search function has been overhauled to make it easier to find links, photos and conversations in the app.
Apple redesigned the Maps app to add support for Look Around, indoor maps and guides, which are lists of notable attractions, restaurants and more created by trusted sources. Maps can also be used to generate directions for bike routes and electric rides that can be sent to the iPhone, and shared ETA updates are now visible on the Mac.
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