Is macOS Big Sur stable enough to update on your Mac?

Is macOS Big Sur stable enough to update on your Mac?
Is macOS Big Sur stable enough to update on your Mac?
macOS 11 Big Sur is now available to the public and brings a number of exciting new features and changes. But is macOS Big Sur stable enough to be installed on your primary Mac? Read on to find out which option is best for you.

macOS 11 Big Sur was widely considered to be the least stable of the major new Apple software releases released in beta from June to autumn this year.

Common issues included graphical issues like issues with external ad support, app freezing, and random restarts. Stability improved over the course of the beta phase, and Apple had a longer runtime this year as macOS Big Sur launched in November instead of September or October. However, bugs and performance issues are not fully resolved.

Is macOS Big Sur stable enough to upgrade?

  • TL; DR: If you have concerns about app stability, performance issues, and other bugs, wait at least for the next bug fix update before upgrading (but possibly for a later update, depending on your stability tolerance).
    • macOS Big Sur actually started as 11.0.1 (after 11.0.1 RC 2 just two days ago) and the next build will likely fix initial problems with the first publicly available version.
  • If you have critical apps that need to work, check Big Sur compatibility before upgrading (republishing is not recommended if you have critical apps).
  • If you’re cool with initial mistakes and problems, go for it!
  • If you have a secondary Mac, install Big Sur on it for now

Finally, you can install Big Sur on a separate APFS volume or create a bootable macOS Big Sur USB drive:

And whether you’re holding back for now because of concerns that macOS Big Sur isn’t stable enough or is being updated today, here’s our comprehensive rundown of what’s new with macOS Big Sur:

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