Big Sur's default wallpaper is bright and abstract and frankly kind of iOS-esque.
Enlarge / Large Sur’s default wallpaper is brilliant and summary and admittedly sort of iOS-esque.


The period of Mac OS X is over. Sort of.

For the primary time in nearly twenty years, Apple has determined to bump up the model variety of the Mac’s working system. The change is supposed to name consideration to each the pending Apple Silicon transition—Large Sur would be the first macOS model to run on Apple’s personal chips, even when it’s not the primary to require these chips—and to an iPad-flavored redesign that considerably overhauls the look, really feel, and sound of the working system for the primary time in a protracted whereas. Even the post-iOS-7 Yosemite replace took pains to maintain most issues in the identical place because it modified their look.

However in contrast to the bounce from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, the place Apple swept away nearly each facet of its earlier working system and constructed a brand new one from the inspiration up, macOS 11 continues to be essentially macOS 10. Early betas have been even labeled as macOS 10.16, and Large Sur can nonetheless establish itself as model 10.16 to some older software program so as to protect compatibility. Virtually all the things will nonetheless work the identical approach—or, not less than, Large Sur doesn’t break most software program any greater than older macOS 10 updates did. It might even be a bit much less disruptive than Catalina was. This must be a clean transition, more often than not.

We gained’t be making any main modifications to how we strategy this evaluation, both. We’ll cowl the working system’s new look and new options—the issues that any Large Sur Mac will be capable of do, no matter whether or not it’s operating on an Intel or an Apple Silicon Mac. To the extent that it’s doable to do with out ultimate {hardware} in-hand, we’ll cowl the brand new macOS options that shall be native to Apple Silicon Macs and description how the software program facet of the transition will go.

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