A few months ago, macOS 11 Big Sur received a major version number upgrade. Some of us thought that its version would be 10.16 (since Catalina was labeled 10.15), but Apple decided to increase it to 11. With the launch of the Mac, powered by the recently launched Apple, it is fairly clear why Apple chose to make the move. The first version of macOS 11 Big Sur OS is originally intended to support new Macs that have switched from Intel Silicon to Apple’s own SoC.
After using Big Sur (on an Intel-powered Mac) for some time, it’s clear that even for those who don’t immediately upgrade to Apple’s latest Mac, look into the new operating system There is a lot for Here are some of our favorite features from macOS Big Sur, including some features adapted for India.
1. Quick update
We keep delaying the MacOS update, because of how long each minor update takes to install. Big Sur wants to fix that. Apple says that software updates will start in the background and the actual installation process will be much faster than before. There is no reason to delay those updates.
2. The message on macOS is finally as good as its iOS counterpart
If you use iMessage, the messaging application is a big part of your daily workflow. All these years, we have always felt that messages on macOS need a major update to bring it up with the iOS app. Features such as sending stickers and the beloved iMessage effect were not available on MacOS until Big Sur came along. Now, finally we have an upgrade of the messages we’re waiting for, support for pinned conversations, inline replies, message effects, and more on Big Sur.
The best thing is that it also adds support for localized messaging effects for India. Messages like Happy Diwali and Happy Holi will automatically apply these effects, even if they are written in any of the 23 Indian languages supported on the MacBook Big Sur.
3. New macOS fonts for India
Just as iOS 14 has added support for new Indian fonts, macOS Big Sur has added support for 20 new document fonts for India, along with an update to 18 Indian fonts to add italics and more font weight.
4. Safari is faster and more power efficient
This year, macOS is a customizable start page on Safari where you can add your own wallpaper, and change the layout to personalize it to your taste. In addition, Safari also loads pages faster and is better at conserving battery life – both of which are very important features for MacBook users. The new Privacy Report feature is great for checking which trackers have been blocked and how your privacy is being protected.
5. Control Center
IOS-ification of MacOS is a bit controversial, but in many cases it adds useful features. For example, we’ve already talked about messages on macOS, which is what it should have always been. Likewise, MacOS gets the control center that iOS has received for a few years. You can access common settings such as Wi-Fi, AirDrop and more every time you do not go to System Preference.
6. Some great features are found in Voice Memo
Like its iOS counterpart, Voice Memo on MacOS also offers neat features such as enhanced recording, which reduces background noise and allows you to focus on the voice of the speaker. You also get NEAT features such as smart folders that automatically classify recordings and have the ability to mark certain recordings as favorites for easy access.
7. Reducing battery life
With MacOS Big Sur, you get to see a graph of battery usage history – just like you do on iOS – which is great for tracking real battery life. Additionally, Big Sur introduces a feature called Optimized Battery Charging to reduce battery life. This feature allows MacOS to know your charging routine and slow down charging when your Mac is connected to the charger for an extended period of time. Apple says that this will reduce battery wear and improve its lifespan.
What is your favorite macOS Big Sur feature? Tell us through the comments.
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