Apple today kicked off WWDC 2020 with its annual keynote presentation. Not surprisingly, the Cupertino company gave us a sneak peek into iOS, watchOS, and macOS. Apple added a few new features to the operating system that bring it even closer than ever to iOS. Continue reading to browse a round-up of what's new and exciting in the company's desktop operating system.
New Name and Design
Apple today introduced macOS Big Sur with a new look and some improved apps. The interface for macOS Big Sur is simpler and more streamlined making it cleaner and more closely resembles iOS. These changes apply to Messages, Finder, Mail, Music, and more.
Control Center and Widgets
Apple added a Control Center to macOS, allowing you to change settings such as brightness, Dark Mode, Night Shift, and more. macOS also is getting new widgets just like those in iOS 14.
Safari is getting some much-needed love with a new tab organization feature that shows the website icon in the tab and provides a preview window, so you can see the contents of each tab without clicking it.
Apple also improved its extensions giving you control over how they are being used. You can set an extension, so it's enabled for a single day, a specific website, or every website. Other improvements include integrated translation and a customizable start page with background image support.
Privacy comes to the forefront with a new Privacy button added to the toolbar. Clicking on this button provides insight into how sites are tracking you and using your data. It also shows which tracking features have been blocked.
Apple added support for electric vehicles providing EV-friendly routing and a list of charger locations, so you never run out of power. If you bike to school or work, new cycling directions will tell how long it will take you to get there. Maps also now has support for any high congestion areas that restrict traffic. With this new version of maps, you'll know immediately if you are allowed to drive in a restricted area on that particular day.
Apple is rolling out the beta version of macOS 11.0 Big Sur to developers in the coming weeks. It will land in the hands of users sometime this fall.