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macOS Big Sur Support
macOS Big Sur Support at Stout
macOS Big Sur was released November 12, 2020. As in past years, it will not become our official supported operating system until late Spring or early Summer 2021 when we begin preparing student laptops and labs for the fall semester. Until then, macOS Catalina (10.15) will continue to be our officially supported operating system for Macs.
We will not restrict clients from upgrading to macOS Big Sur, but if they encounter issues that require a reimage, they will be reimaged back to macOS Catalina. (The exception being Macs that ship with Big Sur already installed.)
As with any new OS version, there will be bugs and software incompatibilities. This is especially true of Big Sur, the first release of macOS 11. It has many big code changes, including adding support for Apple Silicon.
For the most stable computing experience, please wait to upgrade. This gives Apple and software makers time to fix bugs and work out app compatibility issues. Usually by the ".3" release (in this case, macOS 11.0.3), most of the major issues will have been addressed. However, with the large changes in Big Sur, it may take a bit longer this cycle.