Apple’s Big Sur OS is Almost Upon Us. Are you Ready?

22nd October 2020
MacBook Pro with Apple Big Sur Operating System open on screen

The first major change to macOS for more than 15 years, Big Sur brings some of the biggest changes yet.

Designed to run on the new Apple Silicon architecture on all new models of Mac, are you ready to upgrade? There are many new features of the new Big Sur macOS, here are the top ones for businesses.

Big Sur’s Top Business Features include:

  1. You can view all your devices that have been added to Apple Business Manager and Apple School Manager, even if you don’t have device management.
  2. A redesigned interface that mirrors iOS and iPadOS.
  3. iOS and iPadOS applications can run on macOS naturally.
  4. A new version of Safari with more privacy controls and a focus on Safari extensions.
  5. User-approved enrolments are possible now with Supervision. Meaning devices that have been migrated to MDM without DEP recently can be included.
  6. A MacPro (2019 models on) can be powered up, shut down, and rebooted using Lights Out Management, even if the device isn’t responding.
  7. Auto Advance has been configured into the MDM, which means a device can build and set up automatically once connected to ethernet.

Which Devices have macOS Big Sur Support?

Previous versions of macOS have had minimum requirements based on your components, but this isn’t the case with Big Sur because it’s the model and year of your devices that matters. How do you know you’ll be able to upgrade without any issues?

Support for Big Sur macOS will be available on these devices:

  • 2014+ iMac
  • 2017+ iMac Pro
  • 2013+ Mac Pro
  • 2014+ Mac mini
  • 2013+ MacBook Pro
  • 2013+ MacBook Air
  • 2015+ MacBook

Changes to Note in Big Sur

Apple Silicon
Apple recently announced they will be switching to their own processors after using Intel’s CPUs since 2006. They want to create a common architecture across all of their devices so that developers can write and optimise apps for the entire Apple ecosystem. This change may mean that some software and apps will have to be redeveloped in order to work with the new architecture.

Apps
Both Adobe and Microsoft are already in the process of redevelopment, with demos of Adobe PhotoShop and Lightroom, as well as Microsoft’s 365suite, already up and running. For those apps that aren’t redeveloped in time, and emulation app called Rosetta 2 will allow them to run on Big Sur, which means that you can still run Intel architecture on a Silicon Mac device from day one of the new OS release.

iMac and MacBook on white background both with Big Sur macOS on screens

Security
Changes to the ‘networksetup’ utility are coming with Big Sur, so standard users will no longer be able to use this utility to change network settings. These modifications will require administrators approval, but standard users will still be able to read network settings and toggle WiFi on and off.

Kernel Extensions are No More
Big Sur will no longer run an application which relies on kernel extensions. You will need to move to System Extensions so that your functionality continues in macOS 11, which will have a serious impact on the Endpoint Security landscape for Sophos, MacAfee, and Symantec possibly lagging behind. You can find out more about this move on the Apple help page.

What Should you Do Before Upgrading?

All of your existing data on your devices should be backed up as a priority. It’s important to note that any device with Apple Silicon chips cannot be rolled back to a previous version.

How can HardSoft Help you get Ready for Big Sur?

Our expert teams can help support you through the changes coming with Big Sur. Our sales team can help you get new devices if yours won’t support Big Sur, with our flexible leasing options you don’t need to make a huge initial layout of your cash reserves to get the new tech, just simple monthly payment gets the latest tech into your hands and it’s all covered by our 3-year warranty and technical support. Our technical team can help you get your devices registered on Apple Business Manager and with added mobile device management they can get your devices deployed with everything your teams need to get straight to work.

Apple Business Manager and Mobile Device Management
All of the Apple devices leased from HardSoft can be enrolled into Apple Business Manager, which allows you to manage your devices and apps. Auditing your hardware is the best way to determine whether your hardware will be supported by Big Sur. Doing this manually can be a tedious process, but a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution makes it simple. You can also enrol your Apple devices into an MDM solution which enables you to set the security of devices and apps etc for all of the devices your business holds. If you don’t have MDM software, we would recommend talking to our team about Apple Business Manager and the MDM solutions we offer.

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We are the UK’s highest-rated (Trustpilot) Apple Authorised Reseller, so you can trust us to get you ready for Big Sur. For more information talk to our expert teams on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk. You can also chat with one of the team on our webchat, just go to our website and click on the box.