6/25/209:00 am The Fresh New Design Of macOS Big Sur The new macOS Big Sur coming out this fall will have a fresh new design and look quite different than macOS Catalina and before. While it is still early in the beta cycle, take a look at the design elements in Big Sur. Video Transcript: Hi, this is Gary with MacMost.com. Today let's take a look at the fresh, new design of macOS Big Sur. MacMost is brought to you thanks to a great group of more than 700 supporters. Go to MacMost.com/patreon. There you could read more about the Patreon Campaign. Join us and get exclusive content and course discounts. So the design in Big Sur is a big change from macOS Catalina. As a matter of fact I think it represents the single biggest design jump in any version of macOS. Most of the functionality is the same although there are a new things, like Control Center. But the buttons look different, the icons look different, the colors, the fonts, everything is a little different. I'm sure different people are going to feel differently about it. I could show you a bunch of this and talk about each design element. But I think it really speaks for itself. So here's a look at many of the design elements in macOS Big Sur. While you're watching keep in mind that we're only at Beta version 1 right now. So things are likely to change over the coming months before the release of Big Sur. Music playing while video runs. So I think that gives you the general idea of what Apple is going for. We've got a Dock that floats above the bottom of the screen. We've got different looking Tool Bars. We've got different looking Sidebars. Icons look a little different. Most of this is definitely cosmetic as things work, kind of, the same way. The big exception to that is Control Center which I think will help us cleanup our Menu Bar items at the top right and make it easier for new Mac users to be able to find various controls. It will be interesting to compare this preview that we have here in June with the final release of Big Sur probably in September or October of this year. Related Subjects: Big Sur (5 videos) Related Video Tutorials: No related posts. Comments: 22 Responses to “The Fresh New Design Of macOS Big Sur” Roger 4 years ago Yes, a lot of changes, that's fine, we'll have to get used to them all. If someone is still on Mojave and they update to OS 11 what won't work anymore? Surely any 32-bit applications are doomed but what about 5-year old printers and other peripherals? Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Roger: I can't see why a printer that works with Catalina wouldn't work with Big Sur. There's no fundamental change for something like that like there was with Mojave to Catalina. David 4 years ago Not a big fan of a floating dock or the round corners of items or the dock. However I do like the transparency of the dock and top bar. I also like how iOS and iPadOS applications are going to be compatible with Mac OS. The new left side of the menu bar is easy to use as well and so customizable now. I also like the new safety precautions in Safari showing you what websites track of you. Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago David: Keep in mind that iOS apps are not a feature of Big Sur. They are a feature of new Macs that will have ARM processors. Rob Mayer 4 years ago Gary, I have a 2012 Mac Mini, which is not on the compatibility list for Big Sur. Does that mean it won't run on Big Sur at all or just that there may be "issues" down the road if I install it (which, of course Apple would not be responsible for).....in other words, assuming it can be installed, what would be the risk of doing so? E. Bond Francisco 4 years ago I like it! George Motherway 4 years ago Will my settings for power, display, startup items, etc, carry over from Catalina into Big Sur when I upgrade? Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Rob: A 2012 Mac mini won't run Big Sur at all. It simply won't install. Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago George: Yes, they should, just like every other upgrade of macOS in the last 10+ years. Rob Mayer 4 years ago So far, I'm not hearing anything about Big Sur that makes me want to go out and spend almost $1000 on a new Mac Mini. Is there anything here that you can cite, Gary, that would change my mind that I am not picking up on? Thanks! Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Rob: The reason to get new hardware goes way beyond just a single year macOS update. You'd mostly be buying it for the newer and faster processor, drives, graphics, ports, etc. Linda K 4 years ago Gary, I have a 2013 MacBook Pro. Will it be able to load Big Sur? Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Linda: Depends which one. The list is at https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/ and it shows "Late 2013." Karl 4 years ago Gary, how do you feel about the circle around the arrow pointer? Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Karl: That's not part of Big Sur. That's what you get when you do a screen recording. Serge 4 years ago Thanks, Gary, for this close preview. I’ve noticed at 3:55 that transparency mode seemed disabled for a brief moment. Is there an explanation? And is it still possible to disable it via Accessibility? Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Serge: Not sure what you mean. At exactly 3:55 there is a transition in the video. Maybe you are just noticing that? Brian 4 years ago As expected, the new design is simpler, flatter, more like iPhones. The icons are more cartoonish, like the old eWorld (Apple internet service that competed with AOL). In short, everything is dumbing down Macs to make them more and more like iPhones. Pretty soon, the platforms will merge and the only difference will be screen size. Who cares about functionality and ease of use when you can make business decisions that make it easier to migrate users? Stewart Skiba 4 years ago I have an iMac late 2012 Will it be compatible to Big Sur? thank you Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Stewart: No. See https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/ Russ 4 years ago Can you turn off transparency in Big Sur? Gary Rosenzweig 4 years ago Russ: Transparency of what, exactly? I'd imagine the same controls are there is System Preferences, Accessibility, Displays for that. But I'm not booted into Big Sur now to check. Comments Closed.