The Mac startup chime is making a return in macOS Big Sur

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Apple is officially bringing back the Mac startup chime with macOS Big Sur, four years after removing it in a previous version of the operating system.

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Credit: Apple


The classic Mac sound was removed from Apple's lineup of computers with the introduction of the 2016 MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Ever since then, macOS has been silent on startup.

That changes in the first macOS Big Sur beta. AppleInsider confirmed the chime's reintroduction on a 2018 Mac mini and a 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Based on social media posts from developers running the first beta, it looks like the startup chime is widely available on other models, too. It appears that users can toggle the sound on and off, since there's now a new "Play sound on startup" option in System Preferences.

Apple first teased the chime's return during its WWDC 2020 keynote. While it didn't actually confirm the fact, Apple's macOS Big Sur features page does state that "system sounds are all-new and even more pleasing to the ear," and were created using snippets of the originals.

During Monday's WWDC keynote, Apple VP of Human Interface Design Alan Dye said that the new sounds are "familiar to the Mac, but remastered and more refined."

Although a software update in 2016 removed the startup chime, a later update to macOS Catalina actually added them under-the-hood -- though it required a Terminal command to actually enable them.
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  • Reply 1 of 26
    bsbeamerbsbeamer Posts: 74member
    Great.  Let us know when professional focused third party apps start working 100% normally and then I'll get to hear it first hand, I guess.
    Beatslkrupp
  • Reply 2 of 26
    prismaticsprismatics Posts: 163member
    Those "Apps" that are made by people in their free time (read open source software like KiCAD, freeCAD, GIMP or even basic stuff like the gnu-arm-none-eabi toolchain or basic embedded development tools) are going to have a really hard time continuing their existance on macOS. I believe IoT tool makers will have to switch to Linux finally (and no, virtualisation is absolutely not an option when you are working with different interfaces that you would have to forward because Apple likes to fuck everyone in this domain by stopping everyone from doing even simple things like modifying IDs in codeless kernel extensions needed for basic stuff like serial ports etc.). You know tools tend to be ancient in this domain, still maintaining compatibility with Windows 95 or even earlier system software. These kinds of Apps are developed by people with PhD where it becomes hard to justify supporting a platform where APIs change every time you take a look at them as if APIs behave like quantum particles.

    In the end, many small projects focusing on developing very specialised pro tools with limited resources needed for scientific work will be left behind; I hope this situation will not happen as described above. But welp. iOS Apps on Mac and a system becoming entirely hostile towards modification in a way that is necessary for highly specialised applciations frequently found in research and development (read: where the root of all computer chippery and scientific work lies).

    Can we please stop thinking in terms of everything as an "App" being limited in some way by artificial limitations imposed by financial interests? That iPad look on the Mac tells everything.

    You may do research, but only as long as it benefits Apple on those Macs coming soon which is absolutely not what general purpose computing means.

    macOS != iPad OS as stated last year is obviously becoming a statement which cannot be relied on any longer.
    edited June 2020 lkrupp
  • Reply 3 of 26
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    bsbeamer said:
    Great.  Let us know when professional focused third party apps start working 100% normally and then I'll get to hear it first hand, I guess.
    You mean like MS Office and the Adobe Suite?
    MacProp-dogBeatsDeelronlkruppchiaStrangeDayslamboaudi4watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 26
    About time! 
    razorpitStrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 26
    bsbeamerbsbeamer Posts: 74member
    Rayz2016 said:
    You mean like MS Office and the Adobe Suite?
    The full Adobe suite would be a start - including Media Encoder, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, InDesign, etc.  Not just showing an iOS/iPadOS port of Photoshop and Lightroom apps which are very limited vs. their desktop counterparts.  Illustrator for iPad still isn't publicly available and has been delayed several times.  Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, Cinema4D, Avid ProTools...
    lkrupp
  • Reply 6 of 26
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,532member
    Does anyone remember the Apple TV+ logo reveal? It had a remix of the chime and it sounded absolutely EPIC. Thought Apple would continue to use it as their logo sound like Netflix's ugly "Ka-DONG!" and Disney's Pinocchio theme.

    Right here:


  • Reply 7 of 26
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 1,796member
    Beats said:
    Does anyone remember the Apple TV+ logo reveal? It had a remix of the chime and it sounded absolutely EPIC. Thought Apple would continue to use it as their logo sound like Netflix's ugly "Ka-DONG!" and Disney's Pinocchio theme.
    They played the new chime in the presentation. It sound similar from what I remember.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 26
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,771member
    bsbeamer said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    You mean like MS Office and the Adobe Suite?
    The full Adobe suite would be a start - including Media Encoder, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, InDesign, etc.  Not just showing an iOS/iPadOS port of Photoshop and Lightroom apps which are very limited vs. their desktop counterparts.  Illustrator for iPad still isn't publicly available and has been delayed several times.  Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, Cinema4D, Avid ProTools...
    Why are you talking about the iPad?  Big Sur isn't for iPad.
    sphericwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 26
    bsbeamerbsbeamer Posts: 74member
    crowley said:
    Why are you talking about the iPad?  Big Sur isn't for iPad.
    The "demo" of Adobe products on macOS Big Sur was the ported iOS/iPadOS versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.


    johnbearlkrupp
  • Reply 10 of 26
    johnbearjohnbear Posts: 160member
    Wow, can’t believe an article was warranted for that:)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 26
    crowleycrowley Posts: 8,771member
    bsbeamer said:
    crowley said:
    Why are you talking about the iPad?  Big Sur isn't for iPad.
    The "demo" of Adobe products on macOS Big Sur was the ported iOS/iPadOS versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.
    So what?  macOS already has the full versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.  They chose apps that would make impressive demo, but they aren't taking existing apps away.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 26
    zroger73zroger73 Posts: 778member
    My late-2014 iMac Retina 27" has never stopped making the startup sound. I have installed every OS X and macOS update that Apple has released. It is currently running macOS 10.15.5. I have never entered any Terminal command to (re)enable the startup sound. I know it still makes the sound because a spontaneous reboot woke me up the night before last. :)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 26
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,696member
    bsbeamer said:
    crowley said:
    Why are you talking about the iPad?  Big Sur isn't for iPad.
    The "demo" of Adobe products on macOS Big Sur was the ported iOS/iPadOS versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.
    No, it wasn’t. It didn’t look like the iPad version of Photoshop at all, It looked like the existing desktop version.
    bonobobwatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 26
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,696member

    bsbeamer said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    You mean like MS Office and the Adobe Suite?
    The full Adobe suite would be a start - including Media Encoder, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, InDesign, etc.  Not just showing an iOS/iPadOS port of Photoshop and Lightroom apps which are very limited vs. their desktop counterparts.  Illustrator for iPad still isn't publicly available and has been delayed several times.  Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, Cinema4D, Avid ProTools...
    For what it’s worth, they showed Cinema 4D running a textured view in emulation in the Platforms State of the Union. Let’s wait and see how these actually run on the Macs when they ship and you may not have to wait for native to keep working. 
    sphericwatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 26
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,696member

    That iPad look on the Mac tells everything.
    [...]
    macOS != iPad OS as stated last year is obviously becoming a statement which cannot be relied on any longer.
    No, it doesn’t. Visual similarities between the OSes have absolutely nothing to do with functionality or lack thereof. 

    I think your fears over open source software are overblown. They demonstrated their dedication to keeping macOS friendly to open source software and listed a bunch of OS projects they were actively helping patch to port over to the new architecture. Watch the Platforms State of the Union. 
    StrangeDayssphericwatto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 26
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,696member
    Bring the breathing sleep light back next! :)
    sphericrazorpitboltaruswatto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 26
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,342member
    razorpit said:
    Beats said:
    Does anyone remember the Apple TV+ logo reveal? It had a remix of the chime and it sounded absolutely EPIC. Thought Apple would continue to use it as their logo sound like Netflix's ugly "Ka-DONG!" and Disney's Pinocchio theme.
    They played the new chime in the presentation. It sound similar from what I remember.
    I noticed and smiled when I heard the startup chime at the beginning of the presentation.   I saw it as a sign the Mac was back,
    razorpitwatto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 26
    M68000M68000 Posts: 369member
    johnbear said:
    Wow, can’t believe an article was warranted for that:)
    A lot of people miss the chime and asked for it back.  It brings some character\style to the Mac.  It tells the world you have a Mac...   it’s like a signature... oh I guess I’m going overboard but you get the idea.
    StrangeDayswatto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 26
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,597member
    Beats said:
    Does anyone remember the Apple TV+ logo reveal? It had a remix of the chime and it sounded absolutely EPIC. Thought Apple would continue to use it as their logo sound like Netflix's ugly "Ka-DONG!" and Disney's Pinocchio theme.

    Right here:


    time stamp 1:04:35. I like it, would have preferred this iconic Mac inspired chime to the more generic one they’re using. 
    edited June 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 26
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,597member
    zroger73 said:
    My late-2014 iMac Retina 27" has never stopped making the startup sound. I have installed every OS X and macOS update that Apple has released. It is currently running macOS 10.15.5. I have never entered any Terminal command to (re)enable the startup sound. I know it still makes the sound because a spontaneous reboot woke me up the night before last. :)
    FTA, the change was introduced in 2016 macs. I had to use terminal to enable it in mine. 
    sphericwatto_cobra
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