Apple has released the second macOS Big Sur developer beta. The second seed comes after two weeks of the initial launch of software at the WWDC 2020 online event. Registered developers at the Apple Developer Center can update their devices from Settings app > System Preferences > Software update.
macOS Big Sur is not only different in name from its older version, but also in design, functionality, and improvements. Apple has redesigned the operating system with new icons, control center, notifications, Maps and more, to enhance the user experience. Since the release of the first macOS developer beta on June 22, new features are discovered like the improved Voice Memos app and more.
Keep in mind that it is not advised to install developer beta on Mac and users should wait for the release of public beta at least to test out the new operating system. However, those inquisitive users who wish to try the new seeds and can not afford $99.9 monthly developers program fee, they can install the macOS Big Sur from here. As the developer seed is not stable, therefore, users must back up their Macs.
How to back up your Mac
The built-in feature, Time Machine in Mac is the best option to back up data. Uses will also need an external hard drive with storage space equal to or more than Mac. Follow these steps to do so:
- Connect the external hard drive to Mac
- Click on System Preference > Time Machine
macOS Big Sur
Apple announced that it will begin its 2 years transition from Intel processors to its own Apple Silicon in future Macs. Thus, the new software is redesigned to support a unified architecture for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In new Apple Silicon Macs. users will be able to use and enjoy similar features across all these devices.
Here is a brief overview of the new features and improvements in macOS Big Sur:
- New design language: updated menu bar, redesigned sheets, and new icons and symbols.
- Redesigned Control Center
- Notification updates: new notification control center and interactive notifications
- Improved Safari: customizable start page, translation feature, privacy report, and more
- Messages updates: search, pin conversations, effects, memos and more
- Improved Maps app
- New Apple Arcade UI
Read all about the new and exciting features in macOS Big Sur.