macOS Big Sur (11) is a version of macOS that was released on 12 November 2020. It is the first version to support the new ARM-based SoC architecture of future Macs. It drops support for Intel HD 4000 GPU. This version has no 11.0 release for Intel-based Macs, even though the OS's beta-testing phase began with said version number, instead, the public release for Intel-based Macs jumped the version number to 11.0.1. Version 11.0 has been pre-installed on M1's Mac, and Apple recommends that users who upgrade to this version update to 11.0.1.
Notification Center redesigned, now featuring interactive notifications and a new Widget system.
Support for iOS and iPadOS apps on Apple Silicon (Apple SoC) hardware.
Cryptographically signed system volume.
Software updates can now be done in the background.
Return of the startup sound, can be toggled via an option in System Preferences (2016 and above Macs). The new startup sound is lower-pitched, with a mono version for pre-T2 Macs, and a stereo variant for T2 Macs.
New bilingual dictionaries.
Improved predictive input for Chinese and Japanese language users.
New fonts for Indian users.
A new "Listen Now" feature in the Podcasts app.
Several new features in Safari, these include a customizable start page, built-in translation, and a Privacy Report feature to let users know what trackers each webpage is using, as well as page previews and an ability to import passwords from Google Chrome.
A new Messages app that has the ability to pin up to nine conversations, search for messages, name and photo sharing, use photo logos for group chat, mention individuals, support for inline replies, support for Memoji stickers, a new photo editor and localized message effects for users that live in India.
New features for the Mac App Store, these include a privacy information section, a new category for Safari extensions and third-party Notification Center widgets.
Notes now has a collapsible pinned section, quick text style and formatting options and scanning enhancements.
The Photos app has improved editing capabilities, as well as an improved Retouch tool.
The Maps app now has the "Look Around" street panorama feature first implemented in iOS 13.