Apple has officially released macOS Big Sur, the latest version of macOS, which is available to download on compatible Mac computers.
It’s the biggest update to macOS in a long time.
Big Sur – also known as macOS 11.0 – is bringing a lot of new things to Apple’s laptops and desktops. The new OS features a top-to-bottom redesign of the interface, icons and menu bar, a new control center UI that will remind you of iOS, widgets (also like on iOS 14) and a bunch of performance improvements.
With macOS Big Sur, you will also get some new privacy features like improved tracking information on Safari and new privacy data in the Mac App Store for any new apps you download.
The new macOS will be pre-installed on Apple’s newly announced M1-powered MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini computers when they release on November 17th. In fact, Apple says that the OS has been specifically optimized to run on those new ARM-based systems, which will also let users run iOS and iPad apps right on their computer.
Not all existing Mac computers are compatible with the update, check the list below to see if your computer can cut it:
- MacBook (2015 and later)
- MacBook Air (2013 and later)
- MacBook Pro (late 2013 and later)
- Mac mini (2014 and later)
- iMac (2014 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later — i.e., all models)
- Mac Pro (2013 and later)
You can download Big Sur here.
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