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macOS 11: Big Sur – Don't Upgrade Yet

macOS Big Sur logo[September 22, 2020] Many users are eagerly awaiting the release of Apple’s latest desktop operating system, Big Sur, later this fall. Big Sur features an overhauled look, and it's such a big update that Apple bumped the version number to 11. However, if you are a Sheridan student using a Mac for course work, or a Sheridan staff member using a Mac for your day-to-day work, it is NOT recommended that you upgrade to Big Sur when it is released—you may experience bugs in the OS and incompatibilities with some of your software and Sheridan services. Our preliminary testing has already identified incompatibilities with remote software required to connect to servers required for academic and administrative applications.

Stick to a supported macOS for the most hassle-free experience during the current academic year

To avoid compatibility issues, stick to a College-supported macOS version as indicated on Sheridan’s 2020-21 Specifications for Laptop Learning Programs:

Questions or Concerns?

If you have questions or concerns about supported macOS versions, contact the IT Service Desk at 905-845-9430 ext. 2150 or send email to