Apple’s one of the recently announced major release is the macOS Big Sur. The new version of macOS comes with major improvements in design and features, especially in security. As usual, Apple has planned to release the macOS Big Sur to the general public after the developer beta as well as the public beta tests. Meanwhile, you must be setting up your Mac or MacBook to get the latest macOS Big Sur update. Have you checked whether your Mac is compatible with the forthcoming macOS Big Sur update?
Here is a complete list of all macOS Big Sur compatible models, how to get the update, and more.
List of Mac Models Compatible with macOS BigSur
The macOS Big Sur is rolling out by Apple for all the Mac series devices, including iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, etc. However, it would not be supporting all the models. Here is the complete list of all the macOS Big Sur compatible Mac models.
- MacBook 2015 and later
- MacBook Air 2013 and later
- MacBook Pro 2013 and later
- iMac 2014 and later
- iMac Pro 2017 and later
- Mac Mini 2014 and later
- Mac Pro 2013 and later
You can see from the above list. The Mac models from 2012 that had the macOS Catalina are no longer in the list of future macOS updates. Some of the Macs that are missing out the upgrade for the latest release are MacBook Air (2012), MacBook Pro 2012, Mac mini 2012, iMac2012, and iMac 2013.
As of now, the macOS Big Sur Public Beta is out for everyone. You can download and install the Big Sur Beta version before the official final release. In case you are expecting a flawless experience, you should wait until the final stable release of macOS Big Sur is out.
What to Do Before Installing macOS Big Sur Beta?
As mentioned above, if your Mac is compatible, you can get the Beta profile right away and start using the macOS Big Sur Beta. You need to install and use the Beta versions by understanding its risks and limitations.
Anyways, here are a few things you should keep in mind before thinking of downloading and install the macOS Big Sur Beta.
- Take a backup of your Mac.
- Make sure you are not installing the Beta version on Mac you use as your daily gear or workstation.
- Ensure enough storage space.
macOS Big Sur Public Beta FAQs
Big Sur features a revamped user interface and has optimized Safari to boost the speed. Additionally, it comes with major tweaks in Messages, Photos, and Maps.
Beta versions are used for testing purposes. It is mostly unstable and would probably have bugs. So we recommend not to install macOS beta on your primary Mac as it can cause random crashes.
The macOS Big Sur developer beta is already available to download and install. The public beta is coming soon for everyone to try, and the final general release will be available this fall.
Apple’s beta program for macOS Big Sur is now available for both public. The public beta is for anyone who wants to test the new OS before the final release.
Follow the below steps to join the macOS Big Sur public beta program.
- Sign in to Apple Beta Program.
- Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility into your Mac.
- Open the file macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg and start installing.
- Once installed, go to System Preferences > Software Update to see updates.
- Click Update to download the latest version.
After installing the new macOS Big Sur Public Beta on your Mac, you can continue using, without losing any data or user accounts.