Apple’s MacOS Big Sur will ship to compatible Mac computers starting Thursday. The long-awaited update for Apple’s powerful computers, which are undergoing the biggest change in recent years with the arrival of the company’s ARM-based Apple Silicon chipsets, is expected to be available on your device later this week. Although, as this rollout will happen gradually, it may not reach all devices globally at the same time. MacOS Big Sur will be preloaded on the latest line of Macs launched at Apple’s “One More Thing” event.
MacOS Big Sur is the eleventh edition of the revered operating system that Apple has been shipping on its computers for a long time. But while there are several bells and whistles with the new update, the biggest change is coming in how macOS Big Sur takes advantage of the ARM-based M1 chipset that Apple will gradually move to power its computers – a move that will lead to Intel chipsets that will be phased out over time. And with the help of these hardware-centric tweaks, macOS Big Sur is poised to become more powerful than ever.
macOS Big Sur improves on Apple M1 chips
Apple’s Craig Federighi said macOS Big Sur can deliver maximum performance on new Mac computers with M1. The crux of this performance lies in how the M1 chipset performs tasks using the software. The software allows the new MacBook to wake up from sleep instantly, meaning your music resumes as soon as you lift the lid. This is a radical improvement over the current state of macOS that takes some time for it to resume all activity on your MacBook. There is a hardware-verified secure boot that ensures that the ecosystem remains protected while macOS Big Sur resumes running operations. Apple is also promoting automatic encryption on newer computers, which macOS Big Sur prolifically guarantees.
The Safari browser that is available as part of macOS Big Sur is now 1.5 times faster at loading Java scripts, and ultimately 1.9 times faster and snappier, according to Federighi. There are new icons for the apps, while some apps have been introduced to let you take advantage of the new software.
iPhone apps available on the fly
Not just the ecosystem for computers, Apple is making macOS Big Sur big in every way. One aspect of this is the ability to run iPhone and iPad apps on the new software. Apple, however, gives developers the flexibility to forgo this program in case they don’t want their iOS apps to run on macOS Big Sur. Apple showed off some of these apps, including the popular Among Us app that may soon hit the macOS App Store.
Apple is also integrating a translation layer called Rosetta 2, which developers can use to automatically allow apps made for Intel chipsets to run on the ARM-based ecosystem using emulation. It’s similar to how you run some Android apps on Windows PC, but with more efficiency and a lot of underlying processes.
High profile app
Apple relies heavily on the big boys of the software industry, including those used by a large community of developers and creators. According to Apple, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom have been rebuilt for the M1 chipset to offer more performance than they provided on Intel-based Macs. Some other apps Apple has shown will be available to take advantage of the M1 chipset include DaVinci Resolve, Cinema 4D, Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro, Microsoft’s Office apps (Word, Powerpoint, and Excel).
Apple’s latest MacOS Big Sur software for Mac will be released this week in the stable channel after months of testing under the beta program.
- Apple announced that macOS Big Sur will be out on Thursday.
- macOS Big Sur offers a horde of new features for the Apple Silicon chipset.
- The latest MacBook and Mac computers will come preloaded with macOS Big Sur.