Apple today seeded the tenth beta of the forthcoming macOS Big Sur update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after the ninth beta was released and almost four months after the Worldwide Developers Conference unveiled the latest update.
The macOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center. Subsequent betas will be available via the Software Update process in Device Preferences once the appropriate profile is installed.
macOS Big Sur launches the Mac operating system with a refreshed design, revising the whole look from the curvature of the window corners to the dock icons to the sounds of the system. A lighter and more modern look features everything. There is a new customizable Control Center that parallels the Control Center right at your fingertips on iOS devices, placing main system controls.
With iOS-style widgets available in different sizes, the Notification Center has been revamped, plus there are more dynamic alerts that are now grouped by an app to make it easier to see what is going on. Safari is quicker and more battery-efficient, plus there is a fresh start page that can be personalized with wallpapers and sections that include Reading List and iCloud Tabs, making Safari more suited to your needs for individual use.
Tabs also supports previews of the webpage, a built-in language translation feature is available, Chrome and Firefox Plugins can be ported to Safari, and 4 K video streaming is supported by YouTube. For greater protection, there is also a choice to select which places an extension. Speaking of privacy, when you visit websites, a new Privacy Report feature lets users know that Safari trackers are blocked.
With support for pinned conversations, mentions, inline responses, and Memoji formation, messages have been brought in line with the Messages app on iOS, plus the built-in search function has been overhauled to make it easier to find links, images, and conversations in the app.
To add support for Look Around, indoor maps, and Guides, which are lists of notable attractions, restaurants, and more generated by trusted sources, Apple has updated the Maps app. Maps can also be used to produce directions that can be sent to the iPhone for cycling routes and electric vehicle journeys and shared ETA notifications are now available on the Mac.
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