Apple's latest Mac operating system,, is now available for download on all compatible Apple devices. Big Sur -- first announced at Apple's annual in June -- includes major updates to the Safari web browser, and refreshed Maps and Messages apps (we've rounded up some of the , and have instructions on , too).
Big Sur represents the biggest design update since OS X was first released almost 20 years ago, Apple executives said during WWDC. The new OS includes tweaks to the curves of the window corners, dock icons and colors of the user interface. But a lot of it looks pretty familiar: The same Photos design from iPadOS comes to MacOS, as do many of the app updates that we've seen in . The control center in the menu bar, widgets and notification center are more sophisticated-looking, too.
At a, Apple unveiled running Big Sur and powered for the first time by the company's own . If you do buy a with the M1 chip, . Apps will run faster and more smoothly, Apple executives said during the event, and you'll also see increased device security.
If you're looking to download and install Big Sur now, you'll need to have a compatible Mac to run the new OS. Here are all the models of Macs that can run MacOS Big Sur, according to Apple:
- MacBook ($665 at Amazon), 2015 and later
- MacBook Air, 2013 and later
- MacBook Pro ($2,049 at eBay), late 2013 and later
- Mac Mini, 2014 and later
- iMac, 2014 and later
- iMac Pro (all models), 2017 and later
- Mac Pro, 2013 and later
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