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macOS Big Sur (11.0)

Product Information

macOS Big Sur (11.0) was released on November 12, 2020.  Technology Support Services will be testing Big Sur with our "standard" software to ensure it is compatible.

PLEASE NOTE that macOS Big Sur will NOT support 32-bit software and may require you to upgrade your software (beyond what is supported by Technology Support Services).  Please read How to Determine Which Apps May or May Not Work in macOS Big Sur for more information.

Recommendation

macOS Big Sur (11.0) is NOT supported by Academic Technology / Technology Support Services at this time.


If you have macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or an older version, we strongly ​recommend that you upgrade to at least macOS 10.15 (Catalina).  Apple will no longer be supporting macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

System Requirements

You will need one of the following models in order to run macOS Big Sur:

  • Macbook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2013 or later)
  • Mac mini (2014 or later)
  • iMac (2014 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)

Apple introduces macOS Big Sur with a beautiful new design

Software Compatibility

 Please read How to Determine Which Apps May or May Not Work in macOS Big Sur for more information.

SoftwareSupported

Active Directory
(access to file shares and logging into the campus network)

 

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat DC, Acrobat 2020, and Acrobat 2017 are compatible with macOS Big Sur (version 11).


 

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud 2021 is compatible with Big Sur.

 

Adobe 32-bit Applications (legacy Adobe apps and Adobe CS6)

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 is compatible with Big Sur.

 

BigFix Client

Not officially supported at this time.

 

Cisco AnyConnect (VPN)

Big Sur is not supported by the version of VPN currently being used by SCU.  Our VPN system will need to be updated and there is no ETA at this time.

 

Duo

Duo's Mac authorization plugin 1.1.0 supports macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) and all later macOS 10 versions.

 

ExamSoft

MacOS Big Sur (version 11.0) is only compatible with Examplify version 2.5 or higher.

 

Google Chrome

 

MATLAB

MATLAB is compatible with macOS 11 (Big Sur) from release R2020b onwards.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft supports the three latest versions of macOS (Big Sur, Catalina and Mojave).

 

Mozilla Firefox

 

Printer Logic

Big Sur is not officially supported at this time.


SafeConnect

 

SmartPrint

The vendor says SmartPrint should work on Big Sur.

 

Sophos Home (Personally Owned Computers)

Sophos will release an update later to support Big Sur.

 

Sophos Central (University Owned Computers)

Sophos will release an update later to support Big Sur.

 

Sophos Encryption

Sophos will release an update later to support Big Sur.

 

SPSS

The latest version of SPSS Statistics, 27.0.1.0, is compatible with Big Sur with only a few minor exceptions.

 

Zoom Web Conferencing

Supported with 5.4.4 and higher.

 

 

Last Updated 12/2/2020