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5 Things to Know About the macOS Big Sur 11.5 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new macOS Big Sur 11.5 update for Mac and the software is currently in testing ahead of an official release later this year.

macOS Big Sur 11.5 is another milestone release which means it should bring a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security patches to Mac users.

We don’t have an official macOS Big Sur 11.5 release date yet, but Mac users who don’t want to wait can download a pre-release version of the software right now.

With macOS Big Sur 11.5 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about an update that could serve as one of the last major upgrades to macOS Big Sur.

In this guide to macOS Big Sur 11.5 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the macOS Big Sur 11.5 release date and release time, information about the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta, and more.

macOS Big Sur 11.5 Beta

Apple’s pushed the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta to developers and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program.

While a developer account requires you to pay Apple an annual fee, the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. Most people should download the public macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta.

Before you download the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta onto your Mac, note that pre-release software is typically plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your Mac’s battery life, and its overall speed. Most people should avoid using beta software as a daily driver.

While you might be able to fix some issues on your own, other bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.

If you can’t stand the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta’s performance on your Mac, you can always downgrade back to stable macOS software.

Apple is currently on macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta 3.

macOS Big Sur 11.5 Beta Problems

If you download the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta and run into bugs or performance issues, here are a few resources that could help you fix whatever is ailing your Mac.

Before you get in touch with Apple support, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Big Sur problems. 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 if it’s open.

macOS Big Sur 11.5 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed the macOS Big Sur 11.5 release date, but it will likely stay in testing for awhile longer.

At this point we expect Apple to release macOS Big Sur 11.5 alongside iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 sometime this summer ahead of macOS Monterey.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

macOS Big Sur 11.5 Release Time

We don’t have an official macOS Big Sur 11.5 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever date it chooses.

The official version of macOS Big Sur 11.5 will probably become available to download on your Mac around 10AM Pacific.

Apple will also release macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install new betas, or the official version of macOS Big Sur 11.5, right away.

macOS Big Sur 11.5 Update: What’s New

Apple’s milestone (x.x) updates typically bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what macOS Big Sur 11.5 will likely bring with it.

Developers are digging through the macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta and we’ll let you know if they find anything interesting.

Apple could add, or subtract, from macOS Big Sur 11.5’s change log during the beta period so keep an eye out for changes as we push closer to the official release.

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Install macOS Big Sur 11.4 for Better Security

If security is important to you, you should think about installing the macOS Big Sur 11.4 update right now.

macOS Big Sur 11.4 has a whopping 50+ security patches on board. You can read more about them over on Apple's security site

If you missed macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, it had two crucial security patches on board, both related to WebKit. If you want to learn more about them, head over to Apple's website

If you skipped macOS Big Sur 11.3, it also had patches on board. The list included one for a vulnerability that escaped built-in malware protections. For more on macOS Big Sur 11.3's patches, head on over to Apple's security site

If you missed earlier versions of macOS, you'll want to consider upgrading so you get their security patches as well. 

macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 brought one security patch to Mac users. You can read more about it on Apple's website

macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 had three security patches on board. You can read about them over on its security website.

macOS Big Sur 11.2 had a ton of patches on board and you can learn more about them right here

If you missed macOS Big Sur 11.1, it had 51 security patches on board. You can read about them right here.

macOS Big Sur 11.1 also included 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 get macOS Big Sur 11.0.1's 50+ security patches. If you're interested 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. 

Researchers also discovered that Apple brought a new "BlastDoor" sandbox security system to macOS Big Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14. The system is meant to prevent attacks from occurring via the Messages app. 

You can read more about "BlastDoor" right here

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