macOS Big Sur: Beta 8 now available to developers

At the WWDC20 keynote, Apple took the wraps off of macOS Big Sur, the next version of the Macintosh operating system. Big Sur will replace macOS 10.15 Catalina this fall.

Big Sur is a major upgrade with several features that users can take advantage of. Here are the features that Apple highlighted during its WWDC20 keynote presentation. We’ll follow up with more details on these features as they are revealed.

Update 9/22/20 with information about the release of bet 8 for devleopers.

The latest: Beta 8 now available to developers 

Apple on Tuesday released the eigth version of the macOS Big Sur beta for developers. Developers can get the update through the Apple Developer Center in the Downloads section. You must have a profile installed before you can install the developer beta.

With the release of the developer beta update, we could see a new version of the public beta tomorrow. Stay tuned.

The latest rumor: Face ID could be coming to the Mac

Face ID is a great feature for the iPhone and iPad, and it may finally be coming to the Mac. The folks over at 9to5Mac have been sifting through the code of the macOS Big Sur developer beta, and they’ve found references to the TrueDepth camera.

That could mean you can use facial recognition to log into a Mac, though you may have to buy a new Mac to get it. You need a TrueDepth camera to make Face ID work, and MacBooks that are currently out now have FaceTime cameras.

What version of macOS is this?

Apple revealed that macOS Big Sur is officially version 11 of the operating system. It marks the end of version 10, which was introduced on March 24, 2001.