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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.

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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.

Article Link: Apple Releasing macOS Big Sur on November 12
 
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mcfrazieriv

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When your "evolutionary" OS is the most exciting thing launched today eclipsing some huge performance boosts on hardware ... you know there's something wrong with the marketing department.

Yeah the performance boosts of the new hardware are great - but the hardware looks EXACTLY the same as it has for YEARS. What on EARTH is going on in the industrial design department?
 

nortonandreev

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When your "evolutionary" OS is the most exciting thing launched today eclipsing some huge performance boosts on hardware ... you know there's something wrong with the marketing department.

Yeah the performance boosts of the new hardware are great - but the hardware looks EXACTLY the same as it has for YEARS. What on EARTH is going on in the industrial design department?
My thoughts.
 

thejadedmonkey

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When your "evolutionary" OS is the most exciting thing launched today eclipsing some huge performance boosts on hardware ... you know there's something wrong with the marketing department.

Yeah the performance boosts of the new hardware are great - but the hardware looks EXACTLY the same as it has for YEARS. What on EARTH is going on in the industrial design department?
The idea is that you can't tell if a mac is Intel or ARM. They don't want anyone to be able to tell the difference. You have a mac that looks like X and it will run Y, no matter what's inside of it. That's the point. And Apple usually delivers on it.

Give it a year or two and I bet that you'll see a new design. Depending on lead times, you might even see one for the iMac or Macbook Pro PowerBook (since it's a RISC chip again!).
 

Silverstring

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When your "evolutionary" OS is the most exciting thing launched today eclipsing some huge performance boosts on hardware ... you know there's something wrong with the marketing department.

Yeah the performance boosts of the new hardware are great - but the hardware looks EXACTLY the same as it has for YEARS. What on EARTH is going on in the industrial design department?
You put the chips in ASAP to existing designs to kickstart the transition.

There’s also the minor side benefit of “easing” a big change into comfortable, familiar hardware to reassure buyers who might not want too much change all at once.

(I also wonder if there’s less supply chain waste/learning curve by using very similar outer shells?)

THEN, you design whole new systems from the ground up around the chip as a step 2.

It’s exactly what they did putting the first intel chips into the existing iMac bodies.

I want new designs as much as anyone as a consumer, but this makes business sense, and I’d do the same thing if I was CEO.
 

Benz63amg

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Big sur is coming out Nov 12 yet Final Cut Pro and logic pro X didn't receive an update to be be fully compatible with Big Sur, How is this possible?
I saw Final Cut and Logic with new icons on their website just now on the Macbook Pro 13 inch page but wheres the actual update?
 

zorinlynx

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The idea is that you can't tell if a mac is Intel or ARM. They don't want anyone to be able to tell the difference. You have a mac that looks like X and it will run Y, no matter what's inside of it. That's the point. And Apple usually delivers on it.

Give it a year or two and I bet that you'll see a new design. Depending on lead times, you might even see one for the iMac or Macbook Pro PowerBook (since it's a RISC chip again!).
Not only that, but two more things:

- It's a very good design. I can't really think of any flaws with the current designs, or any real ways to improve them without it being "change for change's sake". Many years of product evolution got us here.
- When Apple switched to Intel, they had to get the word "Power" out of product names since they no longer used PowerPC. And they did, but if you recall, the Macbook Pro design didn't change that much from the PowerMac G4 that preceded it. They added a webcam but that was about it. Same deal with the iMac; visually they looked the same, and the PowerMac G5 -> Mac Pro look also didn't change much (same cheese grater, just an additional optical drive).

So there's plenty of precedent for this.
 

Victor Mortimer

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The idea is that you can't tell if a mac is Intel or ARM. They don't want anyone to be able to tell the difference. You have a mac that looks like X and it will run Y, no matter what's inside of it. That's the point. And Apple usually delivers on it.

Give it a year or two and I bet that you'll see a new design. Depending on lead times, you might even see one for the iMac or Macbook Pro PowerBook (since it's a RISC chip again!).

And if Y is a virtualized x64 or x86-based OS? That's not going to work well.

I wish they'd used a new design so that I could immediately tell a client "RETURN THAT NOW, YOU NEED TO BUY A MAC THAT WILL WORK!!!!!" from a quick glance.

Even just painting them safety orange would have been nice, just as a "DANGER, KEEP AWAY FROM THIS GARBAGE" warning.
 

chrfr

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Big sur is coming out Nov 12 yet Final Cut Pro and logic pro X didn't receive an update to be be fully compatible with Big Sur, How is this possible?
I saw Final Cut and Logic with new icons on their website just now on the Macbook Pro 13 inch page but wheres the actual update?
These updates won't be released until after the operating system is.
 
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Spacewiz

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After the Crappelina debacle, coupled with a 2018 MBP that was replaced by Apple after more than 4 months of phone calls, trips to their repair facility, and general high aggravation, I will never...and I mean never, opt for the "latest and greatest" from Apple. I will stick with what "Just Works" ( <– anyone remember that? ), or in reality, "Just Mostly Works".

Maybe in a few years, when the reality more closely matches with the latest claims...
 
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TokMok3

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Big Sur 11.0.1 Release Candidate 2 is out and downloading here in the uk... View attachment 1658365
Hello, it is posible to do a clean usb install with Big Sur 11.0.1 Release Candidate 2?

Is Big Sur 11.0.1 Release Candidate 2 same as the public final version that will be released on Thursday?

If installing Big Sur 11.0.1 Release Candidate 2 will the MacBook receive the normal security updates?

Thank you!
 
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