Apple’s confirmed a new macOS Big Sur 11.2 update for Mac and the software is currently in beta testing.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 is another milestone release (x.x) which means it will bring a mix of enhancements, security updates, and bug fixes for lingering issues with the operating system.
We don’t have an official macOS Big Sur 11.2 release date yet, but Mac users who don’t want to wait for the official release can download the software right now via Apple’s beta programs.
With macOS Big Sur 11.2 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next big update for macOS Big Sur and Mac.
In this guide to macOS Big Sur 11.2 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the macOS Big Sur 11.2 release date and release time, key information about the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta, and more.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the official macOS Big Sur 11.2 release, you don’t have to.
Apple’s pushed the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta to developers and those enrolled in the company’s Beta Software Program.
While a developer account requires you to pay Apple money, the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID.
Before you download the beta onto your computer, remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed. Most people shouldn’t use it as a daily driver.
And while you might be able to fix some problems on your own, other bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.
If you can’t stand the beta’s performance on your Mac you can always downgrade back to stable software.
Apple’s currently on its final macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta..
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Beta Problems
It’s early so we don’t have a list of the most prominent issues impacting the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta, but we’ll update this when we learn more.
If you do decide to download the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta, and you run into issues, here are a few resources that could help.
Before you get in touch with Apple, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Big Sur problems. It might have what you’re looking for. We’ve also released a guide that shows you how to fix macOS Big Sur battery life problems.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, head over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or with customer support via Apple’s website.
If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Date
The company’s released the macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Candidate (RC) which is the final beta. This means the official release should come before the end of the month.
For more on the macOS Big Sur 11.2 release date, check out our guide.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Time
We don’t have an official release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever date it selects.
The official version of macOS Big Sur 11.2 will probably popup in and around 10AM Pacific. It can take a few minutes for macOS software downloads to show up so don’t worry if you can’t see new software right away.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of macOS Big Sur 11.2 right away.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Update: What’s New
Apple’s x.x updates typically bring a mix of enhancements, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you can expect from macOS Big Sur 11.2.
Thanks to the macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Candidate, we can provide you with the update’s official change log. Here are the known changes on board:
Bug Fixes & Enhancements
- Improved Bluetooth reliability.
- External displays may show a black screen when connected to a Mac mini (M1, 2020) using an HDMI to DVI converter
- Edits to Apple ProRAW photos in the Photos app may not save
- iCloud Drive could turn off after disabling the iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents Folders option
- System Preferences may not unlock when entering your administrator password
- Globe key may not display the Emoji & Symbols pane when pressed
According to ZDNet, macOS Big Sur 11.2 will likely get rid of a feature that let Apple apps bypass VPN applications and third-party firewalls. The feature is known as ContentFilterExclusionList.
It’s unclear how many security patches are on board and we won’t know for sure until Apple pushes the software to the general public.
Install macOS Big Sur 11.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Big Sur 11.1 update right away.
macOS Big Sur 11.1 includes 51 security patches that will help protect your computer from harm. You can read about them right here.
macOS Big Sur 11.1 also includes a new privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices.
If you're moving up from macOS Catalina, you'll also get macOS Big Sur 11.0.1's 50+ 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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