In June, at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple revealed MacOS 11, aka Mac OS Big Sur. As the biggest update to MacOS since OS X was released nearly two decades ago, major improves are coming to Safari, Maps, and Messages, among other things. We will also see updates to the way windows look (tweaked curves), new dock icons, and new colors for the user interface.
Even as a major design update, a lot of Mac OS will remain familiar, but there’s a twist. The Photos app design from iPadOS will make the transition to MacOS, as do a number of app updates that will come with iOS 14 and iPadIS 14 – including a more sophisticated menu bar, widgets, and notification center. Even more interesting is that if you buy a new Mac – one that’s powered by Apple’s new silicon chips, your computer will be able to natively run iPhone and iPad apps.
Can My Computer Run Mac OS 11 (Big Sur)?
Can your Macbook, Macbook Air, or iMac handle running MacOS Big Sur? Well, according to Apple, probably. All Mac Pros, MacBook Pro, and MacBook air built in 2013 or later are compatible. Your Mac Mini needs to have been built in 2014 or later, while 2015 and new MacBooks are compatible as are 2017 and newer iMac Pros.
Mac OS Big Sur Compatibility List
- 2013 and newer Mac Pro
- 2013 and newer M acBook Pro
- 2013 and newer MacBook Air
- 2014 and newer Mac Mini
- 2015 and newer MacBook
- 2017 and newer iMac Pro (all models)
Mac OS Big Sur Public Beta
Mac OS Big Sur is currently available as a public beta, so you can check it out early before it officially launches later this fall. The process is actually quite simple, but as a rule of thumb, you should double check that your specific computer is on the list above and back up your system just in case – this is a beta version of OS 11, after all.
How to Download and Install MacOS Big Sur Public Beta
- Back up your Mac just to be on the safe side.
- Head on over to Apple’s official beta portal.
- Sign in using your Apple Id, then select “MacOS” from the list of programs.
- Click on “Enroll Your Mac” in the getting started section.
- Once the page loads, click on the blue button labeled “Download the MacOS Public Beta Access Utility”.
- Once downloaded, open the file and follow the prompts.
- Once the utility has installed, head over to System Preferences and check for software update.
- Choose to install the new MacOS system update. Upon the final restart, you’ll be running the Big Sur public beta