Apple on Monday previewed its latest version of desktop operating system, macOS Big Sur with new features and designs during its virtual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
"macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering.
The new features include a customizable start page, tabs, translation, and newly-added privacy report. The updated Messages app lets Mac users send and receive more personal and expressive messages, and easily keep track of and interact with within-group messages. Maps also offers a new experience with immersive exploring and navigating features, the company said.
The customizable menu bar features a new Control Center, delivering quick access to controls from the desktop. The updated Notification Center includes more interactive notifications and redesigned widgets that come in different sizes, providing users with more relevant information at a glance.
In the biggest update to Safari since its original launch in 2003, the browser can provide industry-leading speed and battery life, according to the company.
Tabs have also been redesigned to make navigating with Safari faster and more powerful by showing more tabs onscreen, displaying favicons by default to easily identify open tabs, and giving users a quick preview of a page by hovering over the tab.
With built-in translation, Safari can detect and translate entire webpages from seven languages such as English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese.
The new operating system will be available this fall as a free software update.
The WWDC 2020 kicked off on Monday and will run virtually until Friday.