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macOS Big Sur software update now available for iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini

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Apple has released the latest Mac OS Big Sur – the latest version of the desktop operating system for the iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Which includes numerous design and performance enhancements.

Big Sur has also been engineered to take advantage of Apple’s new M1 chip on the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini.

current Mac users can instal the update for free by going to the Apple Menu > System Preferences > Software Update.

Here are the new macOS Big Sur features:

NEW DESIGN

Big Sur has a slick new minimal look that borrows heavily from the iOS design with similar control panels and user interface.

Sidebars will also go full height so as not to interfere with your content.

DOCK

The Dock has been refreshed with a slightly new look and a consistent look so all app icons will be the same size and you can get to your apps faster.

CONTROL CENTRE

The Control Centre from iOS will now come to the Mac and put all controls at your fingertips including music controls, dark mode and wi-fi and Bluetooth.

NOTIFICATION CENTRE

This now combines widgets and notifications in a single view with the option of launching content like new podcast episodes from here.

Users can also resize their widgets to suit their needs.

SAFARI

Safari is faster and safer than ever before with new privacy features.

Users can now customise their start page including favourites and reading list.

There is also an improved tab design so more can now be visible at once and you can also hover the mouse over the tab to peek at the site.

There are numerous other features coming to macOS Big Sur that can also be found in iOS including improved messaging and Maps with EV routing.