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Safari in macOS Big Sur will stream Netflix in 4K HDR


MacOS Big Sur may be a worthwhile upgrade if you love to marathon TV shows. As 9to5Mac reports, users have discovered that Safari in Big Sur will play Netflix videos in 4K with HDR, whether you’re using Dolby Vision or HDR10. You won’t have to switch to another browser just to see more than a plain 1080p image. The upgrade comes thanks to long-expected support for HEVC in Apple’s web browser.

You’ll have to be picky about your choice of Mac if you want the full effect, either with the Big Sur beta or the finished release this fall. HDR is currently only supported with 2018 or later MacBook Pro models, 2018 or later Mac mini systems, the iMac Pro or the Mac Pro. You’ll need an HDR-capable monitor for the Mac mini and Mac Pro, too. Read More

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The Verge

You may finally be able to watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac with Big Sur


Watching 4K Netflix video on a Mac seems like it’s about to get much easier, as the forthcoming macOS Big Sur includes a Safari update that reportedly lets you watch Netflix in 4K, along with Dolby Vision HDR, according to a tweet from Ishan Agarwal (via 9to5Mac).

This may mark the first time that macOS users will be able to stream Netflix in 4K. Previously, streaming 4K Netflix on a computer at all required you to be on Windows and using Microsoft’s Edge browser or the Netflix Windows 10 app. That means, in theory, you could watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac via Windows in a Boot Camp partition — but just loading up Safari, which is installed with macOS Big Sur, could be a far easier option once Big Sur is released (it’s scheduled to come out this fall). Read More

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VentureBeat

Hands-on: Apple’s macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7


Each year, Apple releases the first betas of its new operating systems at WWDC, and I brave the potentially bumpy install processes to let you know whether it’s safe to consider doing the same. That means I have to make the difficult decision of whether to install the earliest betas on my personal devices — I say yes to a given beta if there are new features that really interest me and I’m pretty confident that the installation won’t spend weeks wrecking my normal daily use of a given device. Read More

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ZDNet

Apple Big Sur: Here’s what makes new macOS ‘biggest update to design in over a decade’


Apple’s preview of macOS Big Sur promises Mac users an overhauled interface, newly designed app icons, and much needed improvements to the Messages app.

MacOS Big Sur is the first version of macOS to support Apple’s new Arm-based silicon processors – but it also introduces a lot of design changes that align macOS with the look and feel of the iPhone and iPad.

At WWDC yesterday Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, declared Big Sur the “biggest update to design in more than a decade”.  Read More

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The Next Web

Big Sur is macOS 11 — RIP OS X, we hardly knew thee


Pick up your favorite drink right now and pour it on the ground: OS X is dead. But macOS 11 lives, and its name is Big Sur.

Yep, so at last night’s WWDC, Apple all but confirmed the end of OS X and with it the 10.XX numbering system we’ve all been so accustomed to. In its place, we have a brand new version of an Apple desktop operating system — the first time we’ve had something like this in almost 20 years.

In this piece, we’re going to look at the evolution of OS X, its role in Apple‘s computing history, and how macOS 11 is likely to shuffle a whole lot of stuff up. Read More

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ZDNet

Will your Apple gadgets run iOS 14, iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and watchOS 7? Everything you need to know


At yesterday’s WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple unveiled a whole slew of new platform updates for everything from the iPhone and Mac all the way to the Apple Watch. But while new releases are cool and exciting, there’s also a chance that this will mean the end of the road for some of your devices.

Will you be able to squeeze another year out of your devices, or will this fall be the end of the road for your shiny Apple gadgets?

It all depends on how old your devices are.

Note that while your device may still be compatible with the upcoming release, some older devices may not get all the features of the release. Read More

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The Next Web

The next macOS will be called Big Sur — and it’s ever-closer to iOS


At WWDC, Apple announced that the next macOS will be called — drumroll please — Big Sur!

This is obviously interesting news in itself, but the biggest update all revolves around the design of the new macOS.

Having watched the keynote, there’s no doubt that with Big Sur, Apple is bringing macOS ever closer to iOS and iPadOS.

One of the most obvious updates has been the redesign of many of Apple‘s famous icons, including things like Finder and Garageband. Another change is going to be the dock, which has had a subtle update. Read More

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The Verge

Big Sur is officially macOS 11.0 as Apple finally leaves OS X behind


Mac OS X is finally finished, with Apple confirming that it’s officially moving to macOS 11 with the newly announced Big Sur update after almost 20 years of OS X (or macOS 10.) That means that this fall, users will finally be upgrading from the 10.X versions that Apple has been using for nearly two decades to version 11.0.

Yes, macOS 11.

The original version of Mac OS X (which Apple rebranded to macOS to better match its iOS, watchOS, and tvOS software brands with the release of macOS Sierra back in 2016) was released as a public beta for $29.99 back in September of 2000, as a successor to Mac OS 9, the last of the “classic” Apple operating systems that dated back to the original Macintosh in 1984. The release of Mac OS X was a dividing line in the sand between the original era of Apple’s computers and the birth of a new generation of devices. Read More

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The Verge

Here are all the devices that can run iOS and iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, and watchOS 7


At WWDC, Apple announced its latest software for all its devices: iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur. But that new software won’t be coming to all of Apple’s currently supported hardware — as is the case every year, a few older devices didn’t make the cut. Here’s what will — and won’t — be getting software updates this year.

iOS and iPadOS are the easiest: if your device currently runs iOS and iPadOS 13, it’ll run iOS and iPadOS 14, too, with no new devices set to lose support this year. Read More