It’s been a while since I did one of these. As with many technology concerns, I want to achieve a balance between hyping something new and ignoring it completely. With that said, I don’t want clients to be taken by surprise.
Facts: A new version of the Mac operating system was released a few days ago. It is known as “Big Sur” — aka mac OS 11. Make no mistake about the numbering. if you recall the versions of mac OS for about 20 years have been called 10.x. Most recently we’ve had 10.15 that came out last year (Catalina). By calling Big Sur version 11 and not 10.16, Apple is signifying the future is here. They are as committed to the Mac as ever, but they have built the platform for the next generation. If you are just using Mail and Safari (or Chrome) you won’t notice major changes. There could be little quirks that trip you up, however.
Starting anytime now you are going to be bothered / prompted to install Big Sur (mac OS 11). As it just came out a few days ago, I’m still considering this experimental software even though Apple would beg to differ with my assessment. Big Sur is compatible with most Macs 2013-14 and later, depending on the model. DO NOT INSTALL MAC OS 11 / BIG SUR RIGHT NOW.
Once we get to version 11.1 or 11.2 or even later — a couple ++ months from now, then it probably will be safe to install. It was a good 6 months or more when I finally urged clients to install Mac OS 10.15. As always, I am available to assist with these major upgrade jobs.
Last year and into this year — I was able to program your Macs to ignore the last big upgrade until it was an appropriate time to install it. With a small update earlier this year — Apple took away your ability to do that. (There are some Business utilities that could be installed to do the blocking but most consumers are not going to go that far. ) So sadly, the Mac has gotten a little less friendly to use. It seems like they are forcing you to take software that is not ready for prime time.
Just remember — no need to travel to Big Sur today. I’ll let you know when you should get your boarding passes ready.