Apple has confirmed a new macOS Big Sur 11.4 update for Mac and tested it ahead of a release later this year.
Unlike macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, macOS Big Sur 11.4 is a milestone release, which means it will likely feature a mix of new features, bug fixes, and security fixes.
We don’t have a release date yet, but Mac users who don’t want to wait for the official macOS Big Sur 11.4 release can download a preview version of the software right now through Apple’s beta program.
With macOS Big Sur 11.4 in the works, we want to walk you through everything there is to know about firmware.
In this macOS Big Sur 11.4 guide, we’ll walk you through the known changes in the update, what you can expect from the macOS Big Sur 11.4 release date and time, beta information macOS Big Sur 11.4, etc.
macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta
Apple has offered the beta of macOS Big Sur 11.4 to developers and those enrolled in the beta software program.
While a developer account requires you to pay Apple an annual fee, the beta software program is free to anyone with a compatible device and a working Apple ID. Most users should download the public beta of macOS Big Sur 11.4.
Before you download the beta to your Mac, note that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues can impact the performance of your main apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed. Most people shouldn’t be using the beta as their daily driver.
While you can fix some issues on your own, other bugs and performance issues will likely require a fix from Apple later.
If you can’t support the performance of macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta on your Mac, you can always revert to stable macOS software.
Apple is currently using macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta 2.
MacOS Big Sur 11.4 beta issues
If you decide to download the beta of macOS Big Sur 11.4 and experience any bugs or performance issues, here are a few resources that might help you.
Before contacting Apple, check out our list of fixes for the most common macOS Big Sur issues. We’ve also published a guide that shows you how to troubleshoot macOS Big Sur battery life issues.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, head over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in touch with Apple Support via Twitter or with customer support through Apple’s website.
If you still can’t resolve your issues, you can schedule an appointment to see a Genius in your local Apple Store if it’s open.
MacOS Big Sur 11.4 release date
Apple has not confirmed the release date of macOS Big Sur 11.4 and it may be some time before the software hits the ground.
We expect macOS Big Sur 11.4 to spend several weeks in beta testing while Apple and testers push it to fix issues. At this point we are planning a release in late May or June.
We’ll keep you posted when we know more.
MacOS Big Sur 11.4 release time
We don’t have an official macOS Big Sur 11.4 release date, but we do know exactly when Apple will roll out the software on any date it chooses.
The official version of macOS Big Sur 11.4 will likely be available for download on your Mac around 10 a.m. (Pacific).
Apple will also release beta updates for macOS Big Sur 11.4 for developers and those enrolled in the beta software program around 10:00 a.m. in the Pacific as well. The company typically releases new beta versions every 1-2 weeks.
Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install macOS Big Sur 11.4 betas or the official version of macOS Big Sur 11.4 immediately.
MacOS Big Sur 11.4 Update: What’s New
Apple’s milestone (xx) updates typically bring a mix of features, security fixes, and improvements under the hood and that’s what you can expect from macOS Big Sur 11.4.
The developers are currently exploring the beta of macOS Big Sur 11.4 and it looks like the biggest change on board (yet) is support for AMD’s 6000 series Navi GPUs.
Apple could add or subtract from the macOS Big Sur 11.4 changelog as the beta progresses, so keep an eye out for changes as the software progresses behind the scenes.
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