If you’ve downloaded the latest version of macOS, there are some new tips and tricks you can try.
While some Big Sur features, like the Maps update, are a bit disappointing, other apps like Safari have received helpful updates that make them better platforms.
Safari is one of the best updates included in macOS Big Sur. There is a new Privacy Report that helps show users which trackers are following users on the Internet.
The new version of Safari also prevents some trackers from following you, which is ideal if you don’t like being tracked online.
For example, my Privacy Report says that Safari has blocked 221 trackers, and 56 percent of the websites I visit use trackers. If you don’t see it, try clicking the Settings icon on the Safari home page at the bottom right of the home page.
Once you open the settings, you can also customize the look of the page. My favorite style is to use a custom wallpaper, which shows the favorites section and the Privacy Report.
Safari can also use Apple Translate, which allows you to translate web pages. This is a great move for Apple as it puts Safari on a more level footing with Chrome and Edge.
The Control Center seems a bit simple now, but it will probably get better with future updates.
The new hub replaces the old Wi-Fi button on the macOS menu bar. When you click on it, a new menu lets you control your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, screen brightness, and more. If you have music playing, this is where you can control the playback.
If you go into the ‘Dock and Menu bar’ section of the Mac Settings app, you can add more things like accessibility controls and a profile selector to the Control Center.
You can also drag Quick Actions out of the Control Center and onto the menu bar to quickly access them. I like having as many things hidden within the Control Center as possible as it keeps the menu bar clear.
New notification center
Along with the Control Center, Apple also revamped the Notification Center with macOS.
The first major change that is a breath of fresh air is that notifications pile up. This keeps the Notification Center much more organized, just like on iOS.
The Notification Center is also the new home for widgets on the Mac. While there aren’t many widgets to start with, many default Apple apps have them. Ideally, more third-party developers will add their widgets to the platform in the future.
To access the new Notification Center, you must click on the clock or the date in the upper right corner of the menu bar.