Sorry macOS Big Sur users, you will not be getting anymore standalone updater packages for your systems.
Apple has suddenly decided users will no longer have availability to the standalone updater versions of macOS, starting with Big Sur.
macOS Big Sur is the newest version of Apple's macOS operating system with a redesigned look.
'Official Capacity' Request from Apple
The macOS updates are available through the Software pane in System Preferences. Users can also download the same updates in standalone installation packages through Apple's downloads website.
Apple has not released a standalone updater for macOS 11.1 of the 11.0.1. Apple has provided a standalone updater available for macOS Catalina as of December 16. These standalone packages are beneficial for administrators looking to update multiple Macs with the same 12GB download.
According to a tweet from Mr. Macintosh, Apple is asking users to contact them in an "official capacity":
Apple has not confirmed if they are stopping standalone packages for macOS, and there is the lack of installers missing for Big Sur adding fuel to the news.
macOS Big Sur
macOS Big Sur is the 17th and current major release of macOS, Apple's operating system for Macintosh computers.
The successor to macOS Catalina, it was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 22, 2020, and was released to the public on November 12, 2020
macOS Big Sur brings a refined new design, powerful controls, and intuitive customization options to the desktop. Updates bring enhancements to Safari, Messages, Maps, and privacy, and is engineered for Apple’s powerful M1 chip.
Download macOS Big Sur
The steps to download macOS Big Sur are:
Check compatibility- macOS Big Sur is compatible with these computers:
- MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
- MacBook Air introduced in 2013 or later
- MacBook Pro introduced in late 2013 or later
- Mac mini introduced in 2014 or later
- iMac introduced in 2014 or later
- iMac Pro
- Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
Make a backup: Consider Time Machine
Get connected: A reliable internet connection is a must. Plug your Mac into AC power
Download macOS Big Sur: If you're using macOS Mojave or later, get macOS Big Sur via Software Update: Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Software Update. Or use this link to open the macOS Big Sur page on the App Store: Get macOS Big Sur. Then click the Get button or iCloud download icon.
Begin installation: After downloading, the installer opens automatically. Click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.
You might find it easiest to begin installation in the evening to complete overnight if needed. If the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool, enter the administrator name and password that you use to log in to your Mac, then click Add Helper.
Allow the installation to complete: Allow the installation to complete without putting your Mac to sleep or closing its lid. Your Mac might restart, show a progress bar, or show a blank screen several times as it installs both macOS and related updates to your Mac firmware.
Stay up to date: after installing macOS Big Sur, you will be notified when updates to macOS Big Sur are available.
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The next generation of Mac system, macOS Big Sur, is the first Mac system designed for Apple Silicon. Following Apple's focus on minimalism, macOS Big Sur makes sure you get a clean, straightforward system. With upgrades to the battery, Safari, Siri, and more, macOS Big Sur takes a step into the future.
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