Just yesterday, Apple released macOS Big Sur 11.1 with support for AirPods Max, new privacy labels in Mac App Store, and much more. Now we have learned about yet another important macOS Big Sur 11.1 feature.
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Alongside the release of iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3, Apple also released the macOS Big Sur 11.1 update for all compatible Macs. This is a relatively big update and the first major point release of macOS Big Sur since its release.
Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.1 to the public for all compatible Macs. This is the first major point release of Big Sur from Apple since its initial release last month. The update should fix a number of bugs that have been plaguing Intel-based Macs running the OS.
Apple’s M1 chip has revolutionized the Mac with outstanding performance and incredibly power-efficiency. But there’s a catch; it’s architecture is radically different from the older Intel microprocessors, and that stops you from dual-booting into Windows using Boot Camp. Also, popular Windows virtualization software such as Parallels are yet to adapt to the new chipset. Don’t give up hope, though. If you use a MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, or a Mac Mini with an M1 chip inside, you can still run Windows apps on it using the CrossOver compatibility layer.
macOS Big Sur is a massive departure from macOS Catalina. Apple has completely redesigned the significant parts of the OS and at the same time added functions such as widget support, Control Centre, new iconography, and more. However, whenever a major update to an operating system drops, there are bound to be issues and bugs. And unfortunately, macOS Big Sur is no exception here. The update is riddled with bugs and issues such as installation stuck on a loop, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi issues, below-average battery life, and more.
One of the issues with M1-based Macs is that they do not support Boot Camp meaning there’s no way to run Windows on these machines. As per Apple’s Craig Federighi, it is actually up to Microsoft to bring Windows to M1 Macs and not Apple. Many initially believed that due to the underlying shift in architecture with the M1 chip, it was up to Apple to add Boot Camp support for Windows but that does not seem to be the case.
Soon after Apple released macOS Big Sur to the public last week, a number of 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro owners reported about their machine being bricked during the installation process of the OS. Apple has now published a new support document for this issue.
As announced by Apple earlier this week, macOS Big Sur is now available for download for all compatible Macs.
With macOS Big Sur, Apple re-engineered the entire macOS UI to be more in line with that of the iPhone and iPad. The strikingly unMac-like Dock icons may’ve thrown you off guard at first, but the spacious-looking native apps with full-height sidebars and the translucent menu bar are undoubtedly examples of great design. That aside, macOS Big Sur comes with a host of exciting new features — you can check out a list of the best here. There’s also a fair share of tips and tricks that you can readily make use of on your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac. Now that macOS Big Sur is finally out, let’s go through them below.