macOS Big Sur 11.1: What’s New

Apple has now released an update to macOS – Big Sur Version 11.1. This update has a lot of new features and bug fixes. The Big Sur 11.1 update is the biggest overhaul Apple has had with one of their updates in many years but it manages to keep things familiar even though most things have been freshened up. So, let’s get into what’s new with the Big Sur 11.1 update.

The notification center has been slightly redesigned so it has more interactive notifications all put together with iOS-style widgets that can be customized into 3 different sizes. No more reaching for your glasses!

The Big Sur update doesn’t stop there. Safari is now a lot faster than ever and is more battery efficient. With the Big Sur 11.1 update, your device will feature a new start page that can also be customized with different wallpapers depending on your own personal preference. You’ll also be able to import Firefox and Chrome as your web browser!

Safari also gets a bunch of its own improvements with Big Sur 11.1 and a much needed fresh redesign. Tabs have now been redesigned so that flicking between them is even easier and users can now choose which websites can use a Safari extension which limits their system access. You can also now check what trackers and cookies Safari is blocking for any website at any time with this new update.

The Messages app has also been revamped and includes features like pinned conversations, mentions and in-line replies not to mention an overhaul in emojis. Big Sur 11.1 also allows you to search your messages using keywords, making it much easier for you to find old photos or conversations. 

Amongst many other brilliant new features, Big Sur 11.1 introduces an amazing retouch tool for the photos app, allowing you to touch up your pictures like a pro thanks to the feature’s machine-learning capabilities.

All in all, the Big Sur update for macOS will lead to better power performance efficiency and more than likely speed up your device. When you add that all up with the bug fixes it addresses, it’s safe to say it’s the biggest update of features we’ve seen in a long time from Apple and we’re very excited about it.

macOS Big Sur 11.1

Here are the Apple release notes detailing the features of the new update:

“macOS Big Sur 11.1 introduces support for AirPods Max, TV app enhancements, Apple News widgets, and privacy information on the App Store. This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac.”

AirPods Max

  • Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
  • High fidelity audio for rich sound
  • Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real-time to the personal fit of ear cushions
  • Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
  • Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theatre-like listening experience

Apple TV

  • An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
  • Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
  • Top search results are shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports

Apple News

  • Apple News widgets are now available in Notification Center

App Store

  • New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices
  • In-game dashboard within ArArcade games recommends new Arcade games to play
  • iPhone and iPad apps on Macs with M1 
  • New window options for iPhone and iPad apps let you switch between landscape and portrait orientations or expand a window to fill the entire screen


  • Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app
  • New photo retouch AI ability

This release also addresses the following issues:

  • QuickTime Player might quit when opening a movie with a timecode track after upgrading from macOS Catalina
  • Bluetooth connection status was not displayed in Control Center
  • Reliability of unlocking your Mac automatically with your Apple Watch
  • Trackpad scrolling speed may be faster than expected on MacBook Pro models
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display may incorrectly display at 4K resolution on Macs with M1
  • Apple also has details on the security fixes in this update.
macOS Big Sur 11.1

How to install macOS Big Sur 11.1

Before you install the update it’s a good idea to back up you Mac. This could come in handy in case you find that the update gives your Macs problems and you need to restore your data. When you’re ready to install the update, go to System Preferences > Software Update. Then just select Big Sur 11.1. The installation will take several minutes and requires your Mac to restart.

It’s as simple as that! Make sure you update to Big Sur 11.1 as soon as possible to treat those big fixes and get hold of those new features.

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  1. I installed MacOS bigger 11.1, wish I hadn’t. wi fi has become erratic and I’ve lost touch/fingerprint ID from my MacBook Air. I could take the machine to the Apple Store, no doubt they’ll recommend upgrading to a new machine. My Mac Book Air is 2 years old.


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