Apple has released beta 7 of macOS Big Sur to users participating in the beta testing programs for macOS. Usually a developer beta build is first and soon followed by the same build as a public beta version.
MacOS Big Sur remains in active beta development, while iOS 14, iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, and
watchOS 7 have all been finalized and released to the general public.
Any interested Mac user can install the macOS Big Sur public beta on any macOS Big Sur compatible Mac, though it’s worth remembering the beta system software is buggy and less reliable than stable versions. Therefore it’s generally only recommended to run beta releases on secondary hardware, and by more advanced users.
MacOS Big Sur has a redesigned user interface with brighter and larger window elements, more white space, redesigned icons, a new Dock look, amongst various other visual changes. Feature-wise, macOS Big Sur adds Control Center to the Mac, new capabilities in Messages app, instant language translation tools, Safari improvements, and a variety of other smaller changes and adjustments.
How to Download MacOS Big Sur Beta 7
Backup Mac with Time Machine or your backup method of choice before installing any system software updates.
- Go to the Apple menu
- Select “System Preferences”
- Select “Software Update” in preferences
- Choose to update macOS Big Sur beta 7
Installing any system software update requires the computer to reboot.
macOS Big Sur is scheduled to be finalized and released in the fall of this year. It’s reasonable to expect the final build is not too far off, as Apple typically goes through a variety of beta releases before issuing a final version to the general public.
Outside of betas, Apple has already finalized and released iOS 14 for iPhone, iPadOS 14 for iPad, tvOS 14 for Apple TV, and watchOS 7 for Apple Watch.
Mac users running earlier versions of macOS including Catalina and Mojave can find Safari 14 available as an update now for their machines too, which matches the same Safari version that will ship with macOS Big Sur.