Apple has had a busy week pushing out a swathe of software updates to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch owners, but Mac users were probably disappointed by the fact that macOS 11.0 Big Sur didn’t release at the same time. This blockbuster Mac upgrade was announced back in June alongside iOS 14, iPad OS 14 and watch OS 7 at Apple’s annual developer conference.
While every other operating system upgrade from Apple are now available to users across the world, Big Sur remains unreleased. This isn’t anything unusual. Last year, macOS Catalina arrived a number of weeks after iOS 13 was pushed out to iPhones.
In fact, Catalina was officially released on October 7, 2019 and it seems Big Sur could be heading for a similar launch date. Apple never reveals details on its operating system releases until a few days before they become available, but it’s highly likely we’ll hear more news on mac OS Big Sur in the coming weeks.
Apple has already promised to launch new Macs powered by its own custom-designed processors, dubbed Apple Silicon, before the end of the year. So, it’s pretty safe to assume that the Cupertino-based company will hold another media event in the coming weeks to unveil the latest Mac hardware – a good opportunity to talk about macOS Big Sur in more detail.
Although you may not have all the shiny new features on your Mac just yet, Apple has announced the release of a new upgrade to Safari which is available to download today.
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The US firm says that Safari 14.0 introduces new features, even faster performance and improved security. Once installed you’ll find a new tab bar design which shows more tabs onscreen and also displays favicons by default.
A customisable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections plus a Privacy Report now shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention.
To get the latest version of Safari, simply click on the System Preferences in the Apple Menu and click on Software Update.
You’ll then see a button which says Update Now. Click this and the installation will begin although it’s worth noting that Safari will need to reboot before the features will become available.
Of course, this is small update compared to what is coming in Big Sur with this release bringing big changes the design of this OS along with bonus features such as improved messaging and customisable menu bar which features an all-new Control Centre
Speaking about the changes, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said: “macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade.
“With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers.”
Express.co.uk will bring you a full release date just as soon as we hear more.