12/16/209:00 am New Things To Check Out In macOS Big Sur 11.1 There are a few new features in macOS 11.1 you should know about. There are new News app widgets, a new default search engine option in Safari, and improvements for running iOS apps on M1 Macs. Video Transcript: Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. Today let me show you some new things that you should checkout in macOS Big Sur 11.1. MacMost is brought to you thanks to a great group of more than 800 supporters. Go to MacMost.com/patreon. There you can read more about the Patreon Campaign. Join us and get exclusive content and course discounts. So the first major update of macOS Big Sur came out on December 14th. If you haven't updated yet you can go to System Preferences and then Software Update and it should come up here. Of course you would already have to have updated to Big Sur to get Big Sur 11.1. There are a lot of bug fixes and minor improvements. But here are some things you may want to checkout as soon as you update. There are no real changes in the News app BUT in the Notification Center you'll find there are new widgets for news. So go to Edit Widgets and you'll see there is News now and you can choose between two different widgets, Today, and Topic. Each one has small, medium, and large views. The Topic widget is customizable. You can specify the topic you want. So, for instance, let's choose the Large one and I can drag that over to my Notification Center. I'll put it here at the top. Then I can click on it and select the topic. So I click here and I can search for a new topic. So for instance say I want to track Apple News. I could search for Apple and I could track Apple News or maybe something more specific. Like let's say I want to see news involving Apple Music here. So I select that, click Done, and now you could see I get just that topic represented there. I could always add another one. So I can have as many of these as I like tracking multiple topics as widgets in Notification Center. Now the TV app has some improvements when it comes to searching and other things. But most notably there's now an Apple TV+ tab. So if you're a subscriber to Apple TV+ you can get right to the content on Apple TV+ which is handy because sometimes you hear about a new show or a movie released by Apple TV+ and it's kind of hard to find when mixed in with all the other stuff that you may have going on in the TV app. Now this next one is not actually that big of a deal but it's going to be talked about a lot so you should know about it. In the App Store app you can now go to an app and see privacy information about it. So often you'll select an app, like this one, and you'll go down in the listing and you'll see App Privacy. Something like either data not collected or maybe something more specific like data not linked to you. Sometimes though it may look a little scary like data linked to you. You can actually click See Details here to get more detailed information. Some people may see this and freak out about what this app is actually doing. But the app I'm looking at here is actually just Pages. All of this stuff makes sense when you think about it. For instance when you create new documents there's greater information saved in the metadata. That includes things from your contacts. When you use the Sharing function of course it's going to access your user ID and things like that to share a file. Just because it's a list here doesn't mean that app has actually taken that information and is actually using it for something bad. Just because the app has access to this information doesn't mean it's actually going to use it all the time. For instance a game may only access this information if you decide to play against a friend online. Otherwise may not. But it is still going to be listed here. In the coming days and weeks a lot of times you're just going to see this, No Details Provided, because developers haven't yet updated their information there to provide these details. In Safari there's just one change but it's an interesting one. If you go to Safari Preferences and then Search you can now choose a new default search engine, Ecosia. Then when you search for something it's usually in the Ecosia search engine. The results you're going to see are actually from Bing but with some modifications made by Ecosia to try to make the results better. But the revenue on the ads you see on Ecosia are actually going to environmental causes. You can read plenty about that at their site. Apple has promoted Ecosia in various ways before. But now it is officially available as a default search engine on both Mac and on iOS. Now this last new feature I want to show you is, of course, only available on the new M1 Macs. That's because it involves actually running iOS and iPad OS apps on your Mac which is only available on new Apple silicon Macs. This is much improved window sizing options. Apps tend to look better now. I've seen that already on a few apps. Plus you can click the green button now to go full screen in most iPhone and iPad apps which makes many apps far more usable including some of my own games that look great when brought to full screen on your Mac. If you want to see the full list of everything that's new in macOS 11.1 you can go to this webpage. This is the same list you're given when you first update to 11.1. There's one other detail that's easy to overlook in all of this. That's the version number here. It's 11.1 which means all of the updates for macOS Big Sur, macOS version 11, are going to be dot one, dot two, dot three updates. So in next year's macOS will most likely be version 12. So after more than a decade of macOS being macOS version 10 and then 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 each being major annual updates it looks like Apple has now switched to the number being the annual update. So Big Sur is version 11. Next year we'll have version 12, 13, 14. This is now inline with the other operating systems like iOS where the primary number is increased with every new version. Related Video Tutorials: No related posts. Comments: 10 Responses to “New Things To Check Out In macOS Big Sur 11.1” JamesJM 3 years ago I've noticed that now when you click open a menu, such as any of the menu bar items, you must click OFF to remove the focus of that menu... I believe this is new? Is there any way to change this so that simply moving the cursor off the opened menu, as I believe it was in the past, will close the menu and change the focus? Gary Rosenzweig 3 years ago JamesJM: I haven't noticed any difference in how the menu bar works, but I can't say I ever click the menu bar and then don't choose a menu item. JamesJM 3 years ago Gary... doesn't matter if you choose or not. For example.... if I click the Sound it opens.... choose an option, (adjust volume, switch sounds output), or not that menu remains open until I click off. Gary Rosenzweig 3 years ago JamesJM: Oh, so the menu bar icons on the right. I see what you mean. That's the way it works for me. I can't remember if it worked that way before or not to be honest with you. Delfin Bracero 3 years ago since the update, when I click on a photo to Save Image As... the window has shrunk. When I drag the window to my desired length, it does not stay that way the next time I try to save a photo, it goes back to the minimal size. Any way I can save the desired window size? Gary Rosenzweig 3 years ago Delfin: Sorry. I don't think there is a way to customize that. Xavier 3 years ago Have you noticed if they have tweaked how search results work in the Mail app? Mail search is unreliable, and fairly frustrating, in Big Sur. Thanks!! Gary Rosenzweig 3 years ago Xavier: Actually, seems to work very well for me. Remember that email functionality is mostly on the server, not the client. When you search, it should be calling out to the server for results. So how well it works depends on what you use for your email service. Bill Markle 3 years ago I have noticed that some of the iMessages don't come to my Mac Mini (Apple Silicon M1) like they did on my old Mac Mini with Catalina. Specifically the texts used for Two-Factor_Authentication. They used to appear on my Mac as well as my IOS devices. Regular Messages are share among all of my devices (MacOS and IOS). Gary Rosenzweig 3 years ago Bill: Did you remember to add your new Mac to the list of SMS forwarding on your iPhone? If you didn't, then those SMS messages won't be sent to your Mac. 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