The Top New Features to Try Out in macOS Big Sur

I know macOS Big Sur has been available to install for about a month now, but I also know that there are plenty of Mac users who have dismissed that update button every day for weeks. That’s understandable: While macOS Big Sur has been stable for me, some have reported issues with it.

But once the dust settles and the kinks are worked out, Big Sur offers a major visual overhaul and some new features that are worth trying.

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The most immediately obvious change is the Control Center, which is behind the toggle in the top-right menu bar. The iOS-ification of settings like wifi, Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb is an interesting change both visually and in practice.

You’ll also notice that Messages looks a lot more like it does on your iPhone, with pinned conversations and group chat controls that make it easier to wrangle your loved ones and keep track of the threads.

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And Safari also has some notable changes in Big Sur, specifically when it comes to privacy: You can now see which services are tracking you around the web in a new privacy report that shows you the worst offenders. Safari also sports some visual changes, with the ability to customize your homepage with a wallpaper or photo.

Check out the video above for the top features to check out in Big Sur.

Senior editor, consumer tech @ Gizmodo

DISCUSSION

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Jerry Callo, Esq., Trump U. School of Law '89

My favorite feature is that my new-ish (less than a year old) MacBook Pro 16 inch now shuts down around 50% battery. It’s awesome.

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