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macOS Big Sur is also officially macOS 11

Apple's macOS X operating system is officially on to version 11.0 with the launch of Big Sur. (Image: Apple)
Apple's macOS X operating system is officially on to version 11.0 with the launch of Big Sur. (Image: Apple)
Apple has finally called time on macOS X with the unveiling of macOS Big Sur. The new operating system features a redesigned UI, and is of course, the first public release of macOS that runs on Apple’s custom silicon.
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Apple has bid farewell to macOS X with the launch of macOS Big Sur. It ends the run of macOS X releases dating back 19 years to March 24, 2001 when it shipped on the famous Bondi Blue iMac. Originally called Mac OS X when it launched, then later OS X, the last official version of the operating system, Catalina, bows out on version 10.15. macOS Big Sur is officially macOS Version 11.0. 

Of course, macOS Big Sur is the very first release of Apple’s operating system to run on Apple’s own ARM-based silicon, which is likely the main reason for Apple to consider it a major overhaul -- if not dramatically different on top, it has been completely rearchitected under the hood. The new operating system also picks up a redesigned user interface that uses translucency and light along with more intuitive navigation symbols. Newly redesigned app icons also bring it into line with Apple’s iOS and iPadOS operating systems. 

With iOS and iPadOS apps now able to run natively on Apple’s custom ARM-based silicon (the same silicon that powers its iPhone and iPads), the changes create a more consistent look and feel across Apple’s product line. As iOS and iPadOS have become increasingly the biggest sellers in Apple’s product portfolio, Apple’s mobile OSes have started to more strongly influence not only its look, but the newer features introduced to it as well. So much so, that now macOS even runs on the same silicon as Apple’s mobile devices.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1259 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-06-23 (Update: 2020-06-23)