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Hands-on: 85+ new macOS Big Sur changes and features [Video]

Added 07-04-20 06:31:02pm EST - “Hands-on with 85+ new macOS Big Sur changes and features, including new sound, new icons, new UI elements, new Maps, Messages, and Safari enhancements.” - 9to5mac.com

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After going in depth with iOS 14 earlier this week, today we focus on macOS Big Sur. The biggest takeaway from my hands-on time with the follow up to macOS Catalina is that Apple’s latest OS is clearly being designed with the future in mind.

Although it’s unmistakably Mac, Big Sur is a departure from previous versions of macOS in terms of aesthetics. Everything, from the dock, to the menu bar, to window chrome, icons, and even sounds have been updated.

One of the biggest changes that you’ll notice are the full-height sidebars, which are found in the Finder and within apps like Notes, Reminders, Music, etc. The new side bar design lends more space for frequently used elements within your favorite apps.

Another big change are the UI symbols, which give apps a more consistent look. Although full uniformity isn’t all the way there yet in this initial beta, I suspect that future betas will continue to bring apps and utilities in line with macOS’ new design language.

Outside of the new floating translucent dock and translucent menu bar, the most noticeable visual change involves app icons. Although many of the app Icons feature unique textures and Mac-like stylistic elements, the updated rounded rectangle icons are unmistakably influenced by iOS.

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