macOS 11 Big Sur Release Date – November 12 (GM Version Live)

macOS 11 Big Sur Update

macOS 11 Big Sur Update

Apple has officially announced that macOS 11 Big Sur will be released Thursday, November 12, to the general public. The release data has been confirmed during the One more thing digital-only event that was aired a couple of hours ago.

macOS Big Sur is a huge software update for the Mac. It’s in fact, the biggest change for macOS since the X version was released back in 2000. this marks the debut of the macOS 11.0 lineup that comes the new Mac Silicon M1 chip currently available in the new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models.

The macOS Big Sur Golden Master version has already been seeded to developers. Apple calls it RC 2 (Release Candidate 2). This could be identical with the public built if no other last minute changes will occur.

macOS 11.0.1 Big Sur Golden Master version has build number 20B28 and can be installed by paying Apple Developers from the Apple Developer Center, after installing the macOS Public Beta Access Utility. A complete step-by-step guide is available here.

How To Install macOS Big Sur

macOS Big Sur software update

  • The public version of macOS 11 will be available for download from the Systems Preferences app.
  • Click on Software Update.
  • Review the macOS Big Sur update log and click on Upgrade Now.

macOS Big Sur Changelog

All the changes coming into macOS 11.0 will be updated here as soon as the update log is available. Thank you for your patience.

macOS Big Sur Compatibility

Not sure if your Mac is able to run macOS Big Sur? Devices releases as early as 2012 are compatible like the Mac Mini and the MacBook Air. While Mac Pro and MacBook Pro have to be manufactured not earlier than 2013. For all supported devices please check our macOS big Sur compatibility list.

Are you planning to update to macOS Big Sur as soon as it becomes available, or you plan to let the dust settle? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Related: Check out the most important macOS Big Sur features and tell us if they convince you to update!