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The new Mac operating system macOS 11.0 Big Sur will appear soon, replacing macOS 10.15 Catalina. Whether the upgrade from the current OS to the upcoming OS for the Apple Mac is worthwhile, I've already seen that shown in a post. The following paragraphs are about skipping the current version and upgrading from macOS 10.14 Mojave to Big Sur. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach? And on which Mac models is this even possible? I answer these and other questions in this guide. Do you have a question on the topic, please leave a comment;)
Before you ask yourself whether you should upgrade your Mac, iMac or MacBook from Mojave to Big Sur, you have to answer the question of whether this is even possible. In the following I have listed the Apple computers on which the two operating systems from 2018 and 2020 run. Looking at the intersection compatible with Big Sur, some Mojave machines fall out. At the end of the lists you will find my detailed advice articles on the topic.
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As with the transition to macOS 10.15 Catalina, when updating from macOS 10.14 Mojave to macOS 11.0 Big Sur it should be noted that iTunes disappears from the Mac. The app called “Music” is then available for listening to music, podcasts are available in the “Podcasts” app and multimedia content can be found in the “TV” app. The distribution of the content when switching from one operating system to another happens automatically. Synchronization takes place via the iCloud account. In addition to films and series that were previously available via iTunes, the TV app also offers the option of Apple TV + to use for streaming.
An operating system should not only work somehow, but should also be user-friendly and not be visually cluttered. That's why Big Sur has been designed to be slimmer, some things have been completely revised and several details have been adjusted. For example, app symbols (icons) in Big Sur are displayed as uniformly designed tiles. They also appear more spatial due to the shading. All adjustments in the user interface can be found in the linked comparison of Catalina and Big Sur. It is also important to mention at this point that several native apps have narrower toolbars, more inconspicuous sidebars and simpler menu icons.
It's not just the Catalyst function, via which iPad apps can be used on the Mac, that brings Apple's stationary and mobile operating system closer together. With macOS 11.0 Big Sur comes the well-known from the iPhone and iPad control center on Mac, iMac and MacBook. Whether screen brightness, volume of the speakers or headphones, WLAN, Bluetooth, AirDrop or other system settings - everything can be called up clearly here. Frequently used buttons and controls can be dragged and dropped from the control center onto the menu bar for faster access.
The digital security of users, also and especially with regard to data protection, is very important to Apple. In the upcoming Mac operating system, you will be asked whether apps are allowed to access certain folders, cloud services and external drives. There is also a message when an app takes a screenshot, creates a log with keyboard entries or other inputs or outputs are saved. Notes can also be locked with passwords and the App Store displays a data protection report for each app that is offered, which explains which data and file types are required. So you can z. B. See before the installation whether an app asks the location or something similar.
If you can update your Apple Mac from macOS 10.14 Mojave to macOS 11.0 Big Sur, you will also get a brand new Safari web browser. This not only shows previews of websites when you hover the mouse cursor over a tab, but also the privacy report. This provides important information on data protection for the page (s) called up. In addition, the start page can be designed more individually, for example with its own background image. Despite these many improvements, faster performance with less power consumption is promised. This is particularly interesting if you want to install and use Big Sur on a MacBook (Pro / Air).
When switching from Mojave to Big Sur, in addition to the changes already mentioned, there are also redesigns and improvements in the "Maps" and "Messages" apps as well as in features such as "Siri" and "Spotlight" (macOS search function). Favorites can be saved in maps, guides can be created and shared, and the shared locations of contacts can be viewed. The “Look Around” feature is also coming to the Mac. The messaging app is increasingly becoming a messenger with group chats, pinned conversations, memojis, stickers, GIFs and so on. There is a lot more information on app and function improvements in the Comparison of Catalina and Big Sur.
The upcoming OS for the Apple Mac offers many advantages, of course. Perhaps you left your Mac on Mojave and omitted Catalina because you could lose certain functions with an upgrade. Because macOS 10.14 is the last system for the Mac that 32-bit apps or corresponding drivers are supported. With an upgrade, the use of some programs and peripherals could become impossible. Printers and scanners are some examples, although here is a workaround over ViewScan can be tried. If you really want or have to use Big Sur, but still have access to 32-bit apps, then you can Install or emulate Mojave in parallel.
If you only use 64-bit apps and know from your printer, scanner and other accessory manufacturers that they offer drivers for Big Sur, then there are hardly any obstacles. Microsoft Office and software from other major providers should also get an update with the release of Big Sur. You should wait if an indie app that is important to you cannot be updated promptly by the developers. The waiting at work computers can also be worthwhile, as there are teething problems with pretty much every upgrade of the Mac that only need to be patched after a few days or weeks. You can find examples here:
When comparing Mojave vs. Big Sur, it can be said that the system announced for autumn 2020 will bring many improvements and innovations. However, this can only be used stress-free if all programs are playing and drivers can be kept up to date. But if you don't use a retro setup with indie apps that are no longer maintained by the developers, the upgrade shouldn't be a problem. What you can expect in addition to the content shown here, you can look up on the Apple website. Because there is already a preview of Big Sur: Just click here. What is your opinion on the topic? Feel free to leave a comment :)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.