macOS Big Sur

This may be covered in one or more of the Apple Event threads where most Apple/Mac news and discussion ends up, but for the sake of finding quickly thought I’d make a thread.

I haven’t taken the plunge yet so kicking this off with a question, are there any big “gotchas”, drawbacks, or reasons to hold off on upgrading to Big Sur so far? Any new restrictive policies that break cool stuff? Anyone upgraded and wish they didn’t?

I was hesitant, but all the reports I read up to this week were that it was fine, so I installed it. It’s ok. Haven’t seen any major bugs. Looks very different and there are some questionable design decisions. No issues though.

What is “Big Sur” supposed to be? I have seen it mentioned a few times and at first I thought it was a college football thing?

It is a location in California. I checked because I had in mind the exact same question. The last version is Catalina, which is another location in California, and so on.

Yeah Apple switched a few years back from naming their Mac OS versions after wild cats to naming them after places in California, some of which I’ve heard of (Yosemite), some of which are news to me when Apple makes their announcement.

Big Sur is the latest and I know it came with some more significant UI design changes. It’s what the new Apple-silicon Macs run, but it obviously supports the existing Intel lineup too.

Oh, okay, that makes sense! Thanks! I guess I didn’t realize they stopped naming them after big cat breeds, I wonder if they ran out - there are only so many big cat types, I suppose.

I would look at every non-standard/complicated app you use regularly and Google to see what people are saying about it and Big Sur. There are surprises.

But that’s what I’ve got everyone here for!

It’s fine. I don’t love some of the interface changes for sure, but it didn’t break anything important for me.


I had a couple of apps that had no mention of Big Sur on their web pages. They still worked. Before release, I also had a couple that stressed they were not Big Sur ready. And then there are a couple that want money for the upgrade (which is fair).

Not going to update my laptop because I don’t want to lose the ability to run 32 bits games

Apple - I can’t play Among Us on mac- fix this!

i dunno — give us a headless iOS emulator that can run iOS apps nativelly in the desktop

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I think @LeeAbe is asking because it exists. You just need to run Big Sur on an M1 chip. And iOS developers need to allow it. Most apparently are not, at least right now.

Apple actually showed the iPad app of Among Us running on a M1 Mac in the presentation.

Granted, I shouldn’t expect that everyone who owns a Mac follows Apple news and knows what coming. And it won’t help @Teiman with his current computer. But, Apple did do something.

oh :-O