Apple’s latest Mac operating systemis likely coming soon. At a virtual event on Tuesday, running Big Sur and by the company’s own Apple silicon chips. (Find out .)
Big Sur — first announced at Apple’s annualin June — includes major updates to the Safari web browser, and refreshed Maps and Messages apps (we’ve rounded up some of the ). Early adopters can try the new operating system today by downloading the — here’s to your device. Apple executives had said it would become generally available as a free software update for all users sometime this fall, and an exact date is likely to come at the event next week. You can also , too.
Big Sur also 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’ll get in and . The control center in the menu bar, widgets and notification center are more sophisticated-looking, too.
Whether you’re looking to test-drive MacOS Big Sur or waiting until it’s generally released, 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 ($730 at Back Market), 2015 and later
- MacBook Air, 2013 and later
- MacBook Pro ($2,199 at Amazon), late 2013 and later
- Mac Mini, 2014 and later
- iMac ($1,800 at Best Buy), 2014 and later
- iMac Pro ($5,000 at Best Buy) (all models), 2017 and later
- Mac Pro, 2013 and later
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