macOS Big Sur launches today. Is your Mac ready?

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Release Time:

When Apple released iOS and iPadOS 14 in September, it was chaos. Apple’s typical time frame for releasing software updates was slowly ticking by until finally, it dropped. With macOS Big Sur releasing today, there is some guidance on when Apple will drop the new update.

As noted by MacRumors, Apple’s website in India lists Big Sur as being released on November 12th. On the other hand, Apple’s website in Thailand says November 13th. The two countries are 90 minutes apart, pinning the window for Big Sur to drop between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM Pacific time.

The most likely bet is 10:00 AM Pacific which is normally the time updates are released. In that case, the update would get released at 11:30 PM on the 12th in India, and just past midnight at 1 AM in Thailand, November 13th. However, its purely possible Big Sur gets released somewhere after 11 AM Pacific, for example, iOS 14 officially dropped at around 11:40 AM Pacific time.

After months of developer and public beta testing, macOS Big Sur is finally upon us. Typically, Apple releases software at 10 am PT, and there are a few steps you can do to help ensure your Mac is ready for the update once it’s available.

Step 1: Make sure you have a compatible Mac

As with every major macOS release, there are computers that will no longer be compatible with the latest OS. The following laptops and desktops are compatible:

  • MacBook (2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2013 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2014 or newer)
  • iMac (2014 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (All models)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or newer)

Step 2: Check that your apps will work

Also, if there are any apps on your machine that you need to function to their full ability, double check with the app developer via their website or social media to ensure they will support macOS Big Sur. Some apps do not play well with new versions of macOS and should be treated with care if you rely on them.

Step 3: Clean up your Mac

macOS Big Sur will take up several gigabytes of space, so you should make sure that you have some free room on your hard drive for the download. If you are running low on free storage on your Mac, check out Clean My Mac X. Their app will help you clean up files you haven’t touched in a while, as well as larger files that you may not need anymore, and it runs in the background while you work to help with RAM management and help your Mac run like the day you got it.

Step 4: Make sure your Time Machine is up to date

I can not express enough how important this step is. Always back up your system prior to downloading any major updates. If you do not back it up, you only have yourself to blame if you lose data.

Step 5: Update

Once everything is backed up and you’ve made sure your apps are compatible with macOS Big Sur, head over to your system preferences and click on Software Update, and install macOS Big Sur.

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