It feels like we are only days away from the full release of macOS 11 Big Sur. Apple’s next-generation operating system is in its tenth beta developer, getting closer and closer to overall availability.
The last seven releases of macOS have been released in either September or October, with the release of OS X 1
My colleague Dave Phelan has written a brilliant piece explaining many of the new features found in macOS 11. If so, check the software update setting daily and wait for the new operating system to come down the tube, you might first to check if your Mac is compatible with macOS 11.
Apple is very good at supporting older Macs with new operating system releases, but each new version raises the bar on some older systems.
Macs capable of running Big Sur
Here is the final list of systems that can run macOS 11:
MacBook – early 2015 or later
MacBook Air – mid-2013 or later
MacBook Pro – end of 2013 or later
Mac Mini – end of 2014 or later
iMac – Mid 2014 or later
iMac Pro – all versions
Mac Pro – Late in 2013 or later
It is important to note that even if your Mac is on the compatible list, it may not support all features or run the new operating system very well. If your Mac is close to the cut-off date (i.e. you’re running a vintage MacBook Air from 2013), performance is unlikely to be sparkling when running macOS 11.
It is also worth noting that macOS 11 will be the first version of the Apple operating system to support Macs based on Apple silicon as well as Intel processors. Although Apple has promised to continue supporting Macs with Intel processors in the coming years, it seems unlikely that it will continue to support them for the next seven years, unlike some of the older Macs, still supported by macOS 11.