One of the biggest developments from WWDC 2020 was the announcement of macOS Big Sur, the latest edition of Apple’s PC operating system. The Cupertino-based tech giant bumped the version number up from macOS 10.15 Catalina to macOS 11.0 Big Sur, named after a mountainous region in coastal California. The new release brings with it a new UI and major changes to some of the key apps. Big Sur sees the operating system receive one of the most comprehensive transformations since the release of macOS X.
First up is a new Control Center, which looks and feels similar to that on iOS. The customizable Control Center can be used for quick access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop controls, keyboard brightness, Dark Mode, and more. Additionally, the new Notification Center can now be used by clicking the clock in the corner. The Notification Center has been redesigned with more interactive notifications grouped by app and iOS 14-style widgets.
Windows on macOS Big Sur have a lighter appearance, giving the interface a cleaner look. The Dock is more translucent, while app icons have a new uniform shape. Menu bars in apps have also been redesigned, and the system sounds have seen a major revamp. Lastly, new symbols in toolbars, sidebars, and control have been added to offer clarity and uniformity across apps.