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Apple's latest operating system Safari web browser, and and apps (we've rounded up some of the ).is now available for download as a free software update for all users, so long as . The newly designed operating system includes major updates to the
MacOS Big Sur was first revealed at Apple's annual in June. At a on Nov. 10, Apple unveiled featuring running the latest version of Big Sur, which . Apps will run faster and more smoothly, Apple executives said during the event, and you'll also see increased device security.
How to download and install MacOS Big Sur
If you want to download MacOS Big Sur, follow these steps:
1., 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 Apple's system status page had the update marked as "available.". But as of Tuesday,
You can also, too, if you haven't already.