macOS Big Sur available for download starting November 12: Is your Mac compatible?

By Sameer Mitha | Published on 11 Nov 2020
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Apple’s latest OS for the Mac will be available for download starting November 12.

The new macOS was announced at WWCC 2020.

The OS brings with it a design upgrade.

macOS Big Sur available for download starting November 12: Is your Mac compatible?
macOS Big Sur available for download starting November 12: Is your Mac compatible?

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Apple’s latest macOS, Big Sur is literally around the corner. The new OS will be available for download starting November 12. With the new OS, users can expect to find some design changes and new features. You can learn about what’s new with macOS Big Sur here. But the more important question is whether your Mac is compatible with the new OS or not? 

List of Mac’s compatible with macOS Big Sur

  • MacBook Air, 2013 and later
  • MacBook Pro, late 2013 and later
  • MacBook, 2015 and later
  • Mac Mini, 2014 and later
  • iMac, 2014 and later
  • iMac Pro, 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro, 2013 and later

How to check if your mac is compatible with macOS Big Sur

  • Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen
  • Then click “About this Mac”

In the overview tab, you should see information about the machine you have. For example, if you have a 2018 MacBook Air (review), then it will read, “MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)”. Check if your Mac is one of those mentioned above, and you will know whether your mac is compatible or not. 

How to download macOS Big Sur

If your Mac is one of the compatible models above, then you can start checking for the software update starting November 12. It is recommended that you back up important data before upgrading. You should receive a notification that the new OS is ready for download, but if you don't, follow the following steps. 

  • Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner. 
  • Click on “About this Mac”
  • Click on “Software update”

You will be prompted if the new OS is available for download. If it isn't, try checking after some time. 

What about the new late 2020 Macs?

All the new late 2020 Macs announced in November will come preinstalled with macOS Big Sur. The new Macs are available in India and you can learn more about them here

What’s new with macOS Big Sur?

While you can learn about all the new features coming to macOS Big Sur here, we will list some of the noteworthy features for you below. 

Redesigned Control centre for Mac: The Control Centre for the Mac has been redesigned in the new OS and is more in line with what we are used to iOS. It is a drop-down in the top right giving you access to key features like Wi-Fi settings, Bluetooth, Brightness controls, etc. 

The Notification Centre and widgets have been combined into a single view giving you more information at a single glance. Safari, Messages, Maps, photos and more have also seen design and feature changes.

Macbook Air 2020 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹122990
Release Date: 07 Jul 2020
Variant: None
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • OS OS
    macOS
  • Display Display
    13.3" (2560x1600)
  • Processor Processor
    Quad-core 10th-Generation Intel Core i5 | 1.1 GHz
  • Memory Memory
    512 GB SSD/8 GBGB DDR4
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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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