macOS Big Sur is the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. This new major software update ships with many new features and improved functionality such as a redesigned user interface with new icons, improvements to built-in apps, privacy enhancements, and much more.
The main features in macOS Big Sur include an improved user experience, interactive widgets similar to the ones in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, and a Control Center to manage settings.
The new operating system was announced at the World Wide Developers Conference 2020 and had been going through design changes and performance improvements for the past few months. Since its first beta release, Apple released 10 beta updates for macOS Big Sur 11.0 and has finally released the public version, today.
macOS Big Sur compatibility and supported Macs
Apple is removing support for some older Mac models with the release of this latest update. If your computer is no longer compatible with the latest update, you will have to keep using macOS Catalina until you upgrade to a newer model.
Even if you have an older Mac, do not be worried as Apple normally provides important security fixes for the previous two supported versions of macOS. This means that, even if your Mac doesn’t meet the hardware requirements, you should have another two years of security updates.
You might also see some software compatibility issues with third-party apps. Make sure you read the required minimum operating system specifications before purchasing any new software on a Mac that’s no longer supported by Apple.
The list of Mac models that are compatible with macOS Big Sur are:
- 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)