Monday, Feb 01, 2021, 19:59 Software

macOS 11.2 Released

With this most recent round of updates, Apple broke tradition, releasing updates to iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4, watchOS 7.3, tvOS 14.4 (and the HomePod software) prior to the most recent update to macOS. In contrast with the recent software updates to the rest of its products, Apple needed a little more time with macOS, last week 2 release candidates of macOS 11.2 were made available to developers and members of the public beta – something which wasn't necessary in the case of iOS 14.4. After a long wait, macOS 11.2 is now fully available to the public for download, after Apple decided to give developers one more day to flesh out the most recent build. All it takes is to download the newest version is to pull up the Software Update window in the System Preferences section of the Apple menu.

macOS 11.2 – Changes
Perhaps to the disappointment of some users, there are no major new features for macOS Big Sur 11.2 – most of the changes to the OS take place primarily in the background, consisting of bugfixes or improvements, such as improved Bluetooth-reliability. According to the release notes, the previous version of macOS Big Sur contained the following errors, all of which have now been fixed:

  • External displays may show a black screen when connected to a Mac mini (M1, 2020) using an HDMI to DVI converter
  • Edits to Apple ProRAW photos in the Photos app may not save
  • iCloud Drive could turn off after disabling the iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents Folders option
  • System Preferences may not unlock when entering your administrator password
  • Globe key may not display the Emoji & Symbols pane when pressed


In addition, Apple backtracked its decision allowing Apple services to bypass the device's firewall. This presumably introduces a previous fix from iOS 14.4 to macOS, fixing a number of security concerns involving code execution in WebKit.

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macOS 11.3 Beta To Begin Soon
Even before the release of macOS 11.2, Apple had already begun intensive testing of macOS 11.3. Although there's no official beta version, the OS has been visible in access statistics for weeks. This means that the next beta phase for macOS Big Sur is likely to begin either this week or the following. It's not yet known what changes might come with macOS 11.3, as there's been no official announcement. In light of recent reports about the new Macs with Apple graphics cards (which could arrive as soon as this spring), it's possible that macOS 11.3 could be a companion release for the upcoming hardware.

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