With iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and WatchOS 7 released yesterday, attention for Apple and for beta testers turns to macOS Big Sur. Today, Apple released Beta 7 of the next major version of macOS. Beta 7 currently is only for those registered developers in Apple’s Developer Program with the public beta testing release likely coming tomorrow or early next week. Today’s release comes two weeks after the release of Beta 6.
As expected, this beta release continues to focus on the basics, focusing on bug fixes and overall system performance. There are also a slew of refinements to the features already coming in the release but, so far at least, no new features have been discovered and reported.
macOS Big Sur itself brings a refreshed user experience with improved icons and a lighter, brighter feel to things. The Notification Center has been redesigned, bringing with it the look & feel of the widget in iOS 14. There are also under-the-hood improvements, particularly around updates. Updates will begin in the background so they can be completed more quickly and limiting the impact to your workflow as updates are performed.
There is no official release date set for macOS Big Sur and Beta 7 is likely not the last beta build that will be seen prior to that release. The odds are good that it will be released to the public sometime in October, likely around a Mac-centric event or when the new iPhone 12 lineup is released.
To read about all of the changes coming in Big Sur, check out Apple’s preview site for the release.