The Mac’s iconic startup chime is back in macOS Big Sur

A 2020 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch on a wooden table Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

Apple is bringing back the Mac’s iconic startup chime in macOS Big Sur. The company hinted it might return by playing the chime very prominently during yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, and people who have installed the first Big Sur developer beta have reported that it’s back. You can see a Mac on Big Sur play the chime while booting up in the video at the top of this post.

The startup chime was first removed from Macs in 2016 with the redesigned MacBook Pros released that year, and Macs released since then (with the exception of the 2017 13-inch MacBook Air) didn’t play the chime when you turned them on.

However, earlier this year, it was discovered that Apple would let you enable the startup chime on those Macs if…

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