Apple has released the sixth beta of macOS Big Sur to users registered in the beta test program.
Usually, a developer beta comes out first and is soon followed by a public beta of the same version.
Separately, Apple also released iOS 14 beta 7 and iPadOS 14 beta 7 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, along with new beta updates for watchOS 7 and tvOS 14.
The beta system software is less stable than final versions, but technically anyone with a Big Sur compatible Mac can install MacOS Big Sur public beta right now. Due to the beta system software buggy system, it is recommended to install only beta software on secondary devices that are not mission critical.
MacOS Big Sur 11 features a redesigned user interface, with brighter window elements and whiter spaces, redesigned icons, and an updated Dock look. In addition, the Big Sur Control Center for Mac, along with new features for the Messages app, brings instant language translation features in Safari, among many other minor improvements and changes.
How to download MacOS Big Sur Beta 6
Don’t forget to back up your Mac with Time Machine before installing system, beta, or other software updates.
- Go to the Apple menu, then select “System Preferences”
- Select the “Software Update” preferences panel
- Choose to update macOS Big Sur beta 6 when it appears available
Your Mac will restart to complete the installation of the latest beta.
Apple has said that the final version of MacOS Big Sur will be released to the public sometime this fall, probably along with the final releases of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
Aside from the new MacOS Big Sur Betas, you can also find new beta versions of iOS 14 beta 7 and iPadOS 14 beta 7, along with tvOS 14 beta 7, and watchOS 7 beta 7.