Apple releases macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta with AMD Navi RDNA2 graphics cards support

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta to developers. The update is available just a day after Apple released macOS Big Sur 11.3 release candidate, which is expected to be released as a stable version next week to all users.

macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta

What’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta?

Compared to macOS Big Sur 11.3, which has turned out to be a major update, macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta seems like a relatively minor update. So far, the release notes only mention support for graphics cards based on AMD Navi RDNA2 architecture which includes 6800, 6800XT, and 6900XT:

New Features in macOS Big Sur 11.4 Beta
You can now use graphics cards based on the AMD Navi RDNA2 architecture (6800, 6800XT and 6900XT). (73709953)

This support is for Intel Macs, as M1 Macs do not support discrete or external GPUs.

We will keep an eye out for any other new noticeable changes in this update and will update this post if we find anything.

macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta compatible Macs

macOS Big Sur 11.4 is compatible with the following Mac models:

  • MacBook Air (2013 and newer)
  • MacBook Pro (late 2013 and newer)
  • MacBook (2015 and newer)
  • iMac (2014 and newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017 and newer)
  • Mac mini (2014 and newer)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and newer)

How to upgrade to macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta?

To upgrade to the new beta, log in to Apple Developer Center and install the profile for macOS Big Sur. Once installed, the beta update will show up when you go to System Preferences > Software Update. Since this is a developer beta, make sure to back up your data and avoid installing it on your daily driver.

So far, Apple has only released a new beta for macOS Big Sur 11.4, and not for iOS 14 and other operating systems. The company had released release candidates for iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4, tvOS 14.5, and macOS 11.3 just after the Spring Loaded event, and the final versions will be released to all users next week.

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