Apple releases new macOS Big Sur ‘Device Support Update’ for iPhone and iPad

Apple has seeded a new macOS Big Sur ‘Device Support Update’ which is exclusively for updating and restoring iOS and iPadOS devices with a Mac. The previous update macOS Big Sur 11.6 included two important security fixes for two vulnerabilities that impact CoreGraphics and WebKit. The flaws could allow to arbitrary code execution and had been actively exploited in the wild. However, the new update does not have 11.6.1 number.

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How to install macOS Big Sur new Device Support Update

Mac users will be notified of the update by the system automatically. Users can also check for and install the update in the System Preferences > Software Update. The update requires 195.6 MB space and its release note reads:

This update ensures proper updating and restoring for iOS and iPadOS devices with a Mac.

As the update primarily focuses on ensuring seamless restoring and updating of iPhones and iPads via Finder, it might be for the owners of the new iPhone 13 models, iPad mini 6, and iPad 9 devices to save backup data from the older devices and configure new one via a backup.

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How to backup your device on Mac with Finder

Users can back up their iPhone and iPad date on Mac very easily. All they need is a stable Wi-Fi connectionand USB or USB-C cable.

  1. Connect the device with Mac via USB or USB-C cable.
  2. Select the device in the Finder sidebar.If your device does not appear on Finder, click here for support.
  3. Click on ‘General’ option in the button bar.
  4. In the ‘Backups’ window, click on the backup option suitable for you need.
    • Back up your most important data on your iPhone to iCloud
    • Back up all of the data on your iPhone/iPad to this Mac
    • Select the ‘Encrypt local backup’ motion to encrypt your backup data and protect it with a password.
  5. After making a selection, click the ‘Back Up Now’ option.

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