MacOS Big Sur 11.0.1 Beta 1 Released for Testing
Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta 1 for users involved in the beta testing program for MacOS Big Sur. The beta has first arrived to developers, but the same build typically comes to public beta testers soon after.
The versioning is somewhat fascinating because macOS Big Sur 11 has yet to be released to the general public. It’s unclear why the new beta release didn’t simply arrive as macOS Big Sur beta 11, but perhaps there was a versioning error, or perhaps the final release of macOS Big Sur is imminent, as it has been rumored to be for a few weeks now.
How to Download MacOS Big Sur 11.0.1 Beta 1
As always, be certain to completely backup all Mac data with Time Machine before proceeding with any software updates, but particularly with beta releases.
- Go to the Apple menu, then choose “System Preferences”
- Select “Software Update”
- Choose to update and install when ‘macOS Big Sur beta 11.0.1’ shows as available to download
The Mac will require a reboot to complete installation of.
MacOS Big Sur 11 features a redesigned user interface appearance with more white space, brighter and whiter UI elements, newly redesigned icons, a refreshed Dock appearance, and some other visual changes. Additionally, macOS Big Sur brings Control Center to the Mac, new features to Safari like an instant translation capability, new features for Messages on Mac that bring some of the features to parity with the iOS and iPadOS versions of the messaging app, along with various other new features, improvements, and changes to the Mac.