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.

Comments: 22 Responses to “The Fresh New Design Of macOS Big Sur”

    Roger
    2 weeks 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?

    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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.

    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

    I like it!

    George Motherway
    2 weeks ago

    Will my settings for power, display, startup items, etc, carry over from Catalina into Big Sur when I upgrade?

    2 weeks ago

    Rob: A 2012 Mac mini won’t run Big Sur at all. It simply won’t install.

    2 weeks ago

    George: Yes, they should, just like every other upgrade of macOS in the last 10+ years.

    Rob Mayer
    2 weeks 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!

    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

    Gary, I have a 2013 MacBook Pro. Will it be able to load Big Sur?

    2 weeks ago

    Linda: Depends which one. The list is at https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/ and it shows “Late 2013.”

    Karl
    2 weeks ago

    Gary, how do you feel about the circle around the arrow pointer?

    2 weeks ago

    Karl: That’s not part of Big Sur. That’s what you get when you do a screen recording.

    Serge
    2 weeks 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?

    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks 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
    2 weeks ago

    I have an iMac late 2012 Will it be compatible to Big Sur? thank you

    Russ
    2 weeks ago

    Can you turn off transparency in Big Sur?

    2 weeks 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.

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