How to download and install MacOS Big Sur

Apple’s latest macOS Big Sur is ready to download as a free update for all users. Based on your previous OS and year model the update will get pop up on your machine.  Released on November 12, 2020

The Major updates in the new OS are Bold colours, greater transparency and iPhone-like icons and the program icons, which are now squircles (half square, half-circle), look like those on an iPhone but with slightly more depth and detail in their designs. Safari Web Browser, Refreshed Maps and Message apps. The featuring Apple’s latest M1 Chip comes with Big Sur with optimized to run latest updates on these machines.

It is fresh and more colourful compared to previous versions of macOS and apps also look cleaner with more icon-heavy toolbars and full height sidebars, which look like those on iPadOS 14. But most of the Big Sur work like previous versions and feel the same way of use for MacOS users.

If you want to download MacOS Big Sur, follow these steps:

1. Back up your Mac, just to be safe. You don’t want to risk losing everything when you upgrade. 

2. Make sure that you are running OS X 10.9 or later, and have 4GB of memory available, and 35.5GB available storage. 

3. On your Mac, go to apple.com/macos/big-sur. Or, go to System Preferences > Software Update, and find MacOS Big Sur. Either way, click Upgrade Now. The download will start immediately but may take while — for my MacBook Air, it estimated about an hour. 

Once you download and install the update and restart your computer, you’ll be running on macOS Big Sur.

One word of warning: Some users reported slow or failed downloads last week. But as of Tuesday, Apple’s system status page had the update marked as “available.”

Overall, MacOs Big Sur is a new blend in visual design in style feels like iPad and iPhone and It is a big turning view for a new M1 Chip Apple and also a big support for Intel Macs.

MacOs Big Sur Supports for the following MacBooks

Macbook Pro — 2013 onwards

MacBook Air — 2013 onwards

iMac — 2014 onwards

Mac mini — 2014 onwards

iMac Pro — 2017 onwards

Before Update to Big Sur make a Backup properly then start update your machine.

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