With Google releasing Android 11 operating system, Apple is also following suit with the release of macOS Big Sur, a free software update for all Apple users to download that comes with added functionalities and security updates.

This update includes optimized Safari web browser, redesigned messages app, improved power efficiency, newly-added widgets, and more.

Only a certain number of models, unfortunately, are compatible with the update:

  • MacBook 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air 2013 and later
  • MacBook Pro late 2013 and later
  • Mac Mini 2014 and later
  • iMac 2014 and later
  • All models of iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro 2013 and later

If your Apple device is compatible, follow these steps to download the latest software update:

  • Ensure you are running OS X 10.9 or later, with 4GB of memory available, and 35.5GB of free storage space.
  • You have two options: either you go to your browser and go to apple.com/macos/big-sur or go to System Preferences > Software Update and then look for the latest OS.
  • Click “Upgrade Now.”

Like many other big software updates, downloading will take an hour or so. Update your computer by night or when you’re not using the computer for a while.

It’s highly recommended that you backup your computer to avoid the risk of losing data while upgrading.

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