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Apple macOS Big Sur update: MacBook eligibility and how to download it

This is majorly for Intel-based Macs only as the M1 chipset-based Macs will probably come with Big Sur out of the box.

Apple macOS Big Sur.
Apple macOS Big Sur. (Apple)

Apple, at its virtual event on November 10, not just unveiled two new MacBooks and a Mac Mini with M1 processor, but also announced that much-awaited macOS Big Sur will be coming to all the eligible Mac devices within a week. This is majorly for Intel-based Macs only as the M1 chipset-based Macs will probably come with Big Sur out of the box. So, in case you are a MacBook, Mac Mini or an iMac user, you will too get this OS version. Here are all the eligible devices and steps on how to download and install the OS version.

Also read: Apple’s M1 chipset based MacBook Air and Pro don’t support eGPUs: Here’s what it means for you

Apple macOS Big Sur eligibility

-iMac (2014) and later models.
-MacBook Air (2013) and later models.
-iMac Pro (2017) and later models.
-MacBook Pro (late 2013) and later models.
-Mac Pro (2013) and later models.
-MacBook (2015) and later models.
-Mac Mini (2014) and later models.

For MacOS Mojave and later users.
For MacOS Mojave and later users. (Apple)

Steps on how to download and install macOS Big Sur

If you are on macOS Mojave or later version:

-Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu placed on top left corner.
-Click Software Update to check for updates.
-If the update is available, click the Update Now button to install them. You can also click “More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.

Also read: New Apple MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: What's different

For High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan or ealier versions.
For High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan or ealier versions. (Apple)

If you are on earlier macOS such as High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, or earlier:

-Open the App Store app on your Mac.
-Click Updates in the App Store toolbar.
-Use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed.

In order to update apps like iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and more, you can go to the App Store, open the App Store on your Mac, then click the Updates tab.

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