macOS 11 Big Sur Brings Back The Iconic Mac Startup Chime
Apple has reintroduced the classic startup chime with the release of macOS Big Sur beta 1. Apple originally removed the startup chime from the MacBook range back in 2016 and it has been missing-in-action ever since.
Much to the disappointment of users all over the world who loved the tone, Apple removed it from the 13-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models four years ago as it was deemed that the sound was no longer necessary due to the changes in how those models booted up.
Those who were familiar with hacking via the Terminal app could re-enable and disable the tone by using a very specific command but it was generally classed as a chore and definitely wasn’t something that everyone felt comfortable doing.
Thankfully, Apple has decided to reintroduce the startup chime with the initial release of macOS Big Sur that was initially introduced to the world earlier this week at the revamped WWDC 2020.
Multiple people have taken to Twitter and other social networks to confirm that the sound is back in action when their Mac boots up after installing the initial developer preview of Big Sur.
Once macOS Big Sur is installed, the reintroduced startup chime should be enabled by default without any necessary user interaction. The option to turn the chime on and off is accessible through the settings within Big Sur by going to System Preferences > Sound and turning the Play sound on startup on or off depending on your preference.
It’s very likely that as people interact more and more with macOS Big Sur they will find a lot more changes that were announced during the WWDC 2020 presentation. It’s also very possible that Apple could play with people’s emotions and actually remove the reintroduced startup chime before Big Sur goes into production and gets into the hands of Mac owners. We’re sure that won’t happen but as this is an early beta there is a possibility that it could happen as Apple pushes out more beta previews.
What’s your take on the reintroduction of the startup chime? Will you be looking to get your hands on it and put the newly introduced audio through its paces?