Apple’s macOS Big Sur update (11.0.1) could have a huge impact on your Mac’s performance. While some of you should install the new operating system today, others are better off waiting to move up from macOS Catalina and older versions of macOS.
macOS Big Sur is finally out of beta and available to download. The new operating system is compatible with the 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), and Mac Pro (2013 and later).
The first version of macOS Big Sur is chock full of changes including upgrades to Safari, Messages, Maps, Privacy, and a whole lot more.
It’s worth noting that Apple’s released a new version of macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 for select users. We don’t have an official change log for the new build, but we assume it contains performance improvements and bug fixes.
The macOS Big Sur update requires a massive download. It’s a 12 gigabyte download for Mac owners moving their computer up from macOS Catalina.
It might be a lot bigger for those of you moving up from older versions of macOS. That’s because you’ll also need to download the features and fixes from the updates you skipped.
Those of you dealing with issues on macOS Catalina could see a huge turnaround after installing macOS Big Sur. We’re already hearing about positive changes.
That being said, we’re also hearing about bugs and performance problems.
If you install macOS Big Sur on your Mac, and you run into issues, you can downgrade your computer’s software in an attempt to improve its performance. Unlike iOS and iPadOS, the macOS downgrade is always open.
If you’re still running macOS Catalina or an older version of macOS, and you’re feeling leery about these issues, you might want to wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes for macOS Big Sur-related issues.
If you’re currently debating a move to macOS Big Sur, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on macOS Catalina, or whatever version of macOS your Mac is currently running, for a little bit longer.
Install macOS Big Sur for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Big Sur update right away.
macOS Big Sur brings 50+ new security patches to your Mac. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, macOS Big Sur comes with additional security and privacy upgrades including improvements to the App Store and Safari.
In Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.
With macOS Big Sur on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them.
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