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An Ultimate Guide to macOS Versions & Latest Big Sur Upgrades

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Apple has a vibrant history of macOS versions, previously known as Mac OS X (2012) and OS X (2016) and since its introduction, the company has delivered a seamless user experience to its users. Here’s a list of complete macOS versions with their code names, and release dates. 


OS X 10 Kodiak (beta): 13 September 2000

OS X 10.0 Cheetah: 24 March 2001

OS X 10.1 Puma: 25 September 2001

OS X 10.2 Jaguar: 24 August 2002

OS X 10.3 Panther (Pinot): 24 October 2003

OS X 10.4 Tiger (Merlot): 29 April 2005

OS X 10.5 Leopard (Chablis): 26 October 2007

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 28 August 2009

OS X 10.7 Lion (Barolo): 20 July 2001

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Zinfandel): 25 July 2012

OS X 10.9 Mavericks (Cabernet): 22 October 2013

OS X 10.10 Yosemite (Syrah): 16 October 2014

OS X 10.11 El Capitán (Gala): 30 September 2015

macOS 10.12 Sierra (Fuji): 20 September 2016

macOS 10.13 High Sierra (Lobo): 25 September 2017

macOS 10.14 Mojave (Liberty) 24: September 2018

macOS 10.15 Catalina (Jazz): 07 October 2019

macOS 11: Big Sur: 12 November 2020

macOS 12: Monterey: ETA October 2021 (recently announced 07 June 2021) 


To get a comprehensive knowledge of all macOS versions, check out https://setapp.com/how-to/full-list-of-all-macos-versions. Let’s discuss the latest macOS BigSur in detail to understand what it brings to the table for Mac savvy users.

All You Need to Know About macOS Big Sur 


With the macOS Big Sur release, Apple has taken its desktop experience to the next level in terms of power and appearance. The recrafted new design, redefined Maps, elevated Messages, biggest ever Safari update, and so on makes it an intuitive operating system version that every Mac user would like to have on its system. 

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Big Sur update comes with improved performance, better stability, and extended compatibility features, so every Mac user must install it. You can install macOS Big Sur 11.4 by clicking the System Preferences from the Apple menu. Next, click Software Update and check if any new updates are available to install on your system. 


macOS Big Sur 11.4

This update includes Apple Podcast subscriptions along with important bug fixing. The Channels from the podcast creators can be grouped together and Podcast subscriptions can be purchased on a monthly or yearly membership basis. 

macOS Big Sur 11.3.1

This update provides essential security updates so Mac users must install it to add an additional security cover to their system.


macOS Big Sur 11.3

macOS Big Sur includes support for AirTag and comes with iPad and iPhone app improvements for M1 Macs. It incorporates varied voice options for Siri and skin tone variants for emoji. 


macOS Big Sur 11.2.3

macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 brings along important security updates for Mac systems and is recommended for all users. 


macOS Big Sur 11.2.2

This upgrade prevents incurring damage in MacBook Pro (2019 or later models) and MacBook Air (2020 or later models) while they are connected to third-party USB-C docks and hubs. 


macOS Big Sur 11.2.1

macOS Big Sur 11.2.1 is developed to address a technical issue that prevents the battery from charging up in 2017 and 2016 MacBook Pro models. Some of the features of this upgrade may not be available on all Apple devices in all regions. 

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macOS Big Sur 11.2

macOS Big Sur 11.2 features improved BlueTooth reliability and provides a fix for several technical issues. If your external Mac display shows a black screen while you try connecting to Mac Mini (M1, 2020 model) via an HDMI to a DVI converter, this upgrade is for you. If you are facing difficulty in saving edits to Apple ProRAW images in the Photos, then you can install macOS Big Sur 11.2 upgrade to fix the problem.

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After you disable the iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents Folders option, if your iCloud Drive turns off unexpectedly, this upgrade may fix the problem. 

macOS Big Sur 11.1

This upgrade version facilitates support for AirPod Max, Apple News Widgets, privacy information, and TV App Enhancements on the App Store. This upgrade includes bug fixes for AirPods Max, Apple TV, App Store, Photos, Safari, Apple News, Air Quality, and more. 


macOS Big Sur 11.0.1

macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 is a big upgrade in terms of design enhancements, Notification Center settings, Control Center tweaks, improved Messages, Safari features, high-resolution Maps, and more. It includes refreshed system sounds, updated menu bar, quick adjustment settings, additional controls to expand menus in the Control Center, etc. In addition, this upgrade version includes data-rich widgets for Notes, Clock, Calendars, Podcasts, Screen Time, Photos, Weather, and Stocks. 

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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