After going in depth with iOS 14 earlier this week, today we focus on macOS Big Sur. The biggest takeaway from my hands-on time with the follow up to macOS Catalina is that Apple’s latest OS is clearly being designed with the future in mind.
Although it’s unmistakably Mac, Big Sur is a departure from previous versions of macOS in terms of aesthetics. Everything, from the dock, to the menu bar, to window chrome, icons, and even sounds have been updated.
A good overview of the many, many changes in Big Sur.
Interesting sidenote: with both Windows and macOS now heavily catering towards touch use, this leaves Linux – and most of the smaller platforms, like the Amiga or Haiku – as one of the last remaining places with graphical user interfaces designed 100% towards mouse input.
Big buttons, lots spacing, lots of wasted space – it’s coming to your Mac.
Oh, I don’t know. I always thought that the Gnome house style was “Big buttons, lots spacing, lots of wasted space” and at least some sort of ideal of touch interfaces. Even if it doesn’t actually work that way.