For those of you who don’t know, Big Sur is Apples latest major update to its MacOS and I feel a real shift going forward for both home and business users.
Microsoft Windows is still the main OS used by businesses globally but over the past five years there has been a shift to more and more people and industries deciding to move to MacOS. I myself moved across to MacOS around 2015 more by accident when a client asked me to teach them how to use their new MacBook Pro. At first I was reluctant but after just a few short hours I realised that the benefits and time saving features built in the OS were just too good not to move my entire personal and working environment across to MacOS.
Why am I telling you this you might ask!
Well, over the past 6 years Apple have made some great and some bad (in my opinion) changes to MacOS and Big Sur is one of those changes that I think is going to have a major benefit to businesses (and home users).
For the past years Apple has been using Intel processors to power its desktop and laptop devices but on their mobile devices they have been using their own processors. It was only a matter of time before Apple moved away from using Intel processors in the desktop and laptop world and Big Sur is the first step towards Apple doing this.
Apple has now released its first laptop processor called the M1 in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple Silicon running Big Sur.
To put it bluntly the new M1 running Big Sur out performed it rivals so I was really interested to see if this was wholly down to the new M1 Apple Silicon or had Big Sur played a part as well.
For those of you who don’t know, updating an Apple desktop / laptop really is as simple as updating your iPhone or iPad if you use iCloud backup or have something like an Apple Time Machine. Personally I backup to both iCloud and an Apple Time Machine more as a time saver (#TimeSavingGurus) as all business and personal data is held in the Cloud and backed up and stored securely so I am not overly worried about losing anything on my iMac desktop computer.
Updating your MacOS is as simple as selecting Software Update from the Preferences window.
The click on the Upgrade Now button and go off and have some lunch! After about 45 minutes (including downloading 12.18GB) you will be presented with the normal login prompt and the upgrade will have been completed.
Big Sur can be installed on the following Apple devices.
- MacBook (2015 and later)
- MacBook Air (2013 and later)
- MacBook Pro (late 2013 and later)
- Mac mini (2014 and later)
- iMac (2014 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac Pro (2013 and later)
What I noticed straight away is that everything feels very snappy and waiting for applications to open and switch between applications is much faster than previous versions of the MacOS.
You might think looking at the Pros list that there does not appear to be much reason to upgrade but the reality is that their are lots of new features including:
- aesthetically friendlier, more modern, and much closer to iOS look and feel
- makes greater use of transparent and translucent layers
- menu bar at the top of the screen was previously white and is now translucent, adopting the colour of your desktop background
- redesign of many app icons to make them look more like their iOS counterparts
- addition of the Control Center from iOS to get to tools quickly (#TimeSavingGurus tip)
- notifications themselves are now grouped together by app, which I much prefer to having to wade through a single feed (#TimeSavingGurus feature)
- Safari has had some changes to the tabs and the performance has had some major tweaks and now feels a lot faster than before
- Maps has had new features added including a flyover feature which I like a lot
- Lots of other security tweaks
To be honest I really like this upgrade as it feels very robust and the improvements far supersede any downsides. So to get back to where this article started and why I feel this could be a game changer for both businesses and home users.
Big Sur will allow Apple to expanding on is Apple Silicon which will enable iOS an iPad apps to be run on its desktop / laptop hardware but more importantly it will mean that Apple will be able to control the way the processor will evolve in the same way they have with the iPhone / iPad and this is where I feel we are going to see some amazing improvements in performance and speed of future computers. The stability of Apple devices are also a major advantage to businesses who just want to get on with their work and not have to worry about what is going on behind the scenes which is one of the things I love about Apple products, they are so intuitive and just do what you expect them to do and how you expect them to do it.
For those of you that still need a Windows PC to run business applications then you can always use Parallels with a virtual installation of Windows on the Apple device. I have been doing this for years and find the applications run quicker on my iMac than they do on my actual Windows laptop (now relegated to attic). I even run MediBooks on my iMac running in Parallels for testing purposes and it is absolutely rock solid and blisteringly fast. I cannot see any reason to switch back to Windows and Big Sur and Apple Silicon have only enhanced my believe that more and more businesses will move to Apple in future.
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