macOS Big Sur

How Can I Make Room on My Mac to Update to Big Sur?

Macbook

Episode 1755

Al from Columbia, SC

Al has a 2015 Macbook and he's running out of space, so he can't install Big Sur. Leo says that Al should get an external drive to copy off his data to free up space. Maybe even make a bootable copy of the hard drive and then start from scratch with Big Sur after erasing the drive. Then restoring the data. So get a terabyte external drive and try that. Time Machine is also a good option with that external drive. That's Apple's own way.

But is Big Sur worth it? Not for an older Mac. So if he's up to Catalina, that's good enough for that 2015 Mac.

Why Can't macOS BigSur Read my External Hard Drive?

Big Sur

Episode 1754

Peter from Brooklyn, NY

Tim's BigSur Mac is having issues reading an external hard drive. Leo says that since the drive is formatted to NTFS, Big Sur has trouble reading the drive. So it would be better if you reformatted the drive to APFS or ExFat or another Apple supportable file format. Also, try MacFuse or Paragon. That may help your Mac read the drive.

Has Apple Banned Zoom in Big Sur?

Zoom

Episode 1754

Joanne from Oceanside, CA

Joann is looking for an app for Zoom. She's heard that Zoom is barred from the Apple app store for macOS Big Sur. Is this true? Leo says that Apple has really beefed up security on the Mac with Big Sur, and the real issue is that you need to upgrade to the latest zoom version. Go to the Zoom website. That's where you have to get it. Not the app store. Download and install the latest version. 

You can also press the CMD key and space, then type ZOOM. You can then open the Zoom app, and then you can update the app under preferences.

Why Doesn't My New Mac Display in Portrait Mode?

M1 Mac Mini

Episode 1752

Bernie from Lakewood, CO

Bernie has noticed that when he puts his M1 Mac Mini into portrait mode, that his monitors have problems. Leo says that the M1 is a new system and as such, it's bound to have some limitations until there's an update, especially with drivers. Leo thinks that something has changed with macOS Big Sur, and as such, Bernie's monitors can't handle the new configuration due to having an outdated driver. So he advises contacting the monitor manufacturer and see if there's a new driver for Big Sur. That's likely where the issue is.

Should I upgrade to macOS Big Sur?

Episode 1747

Jim from Atlanta, GA

Jim recently bought a Mac Mini to do freelance video editing. He also recently got a MacBook Pro laptop from work to do editing at home. He had to roll back to Mojave after problems in Catalina. Should he update to macOS Big Sur? Leo says no. Big Sur has problems right now, and if you're using your Apple products for working, there's no rush or advantage to upgrading the OS.

Big Sur is a huge change, and is primarily written for Apple Silicon Macs. So if there's no real need, why rush?

Apple announces new Macs with Home Grown ARM based Chips

Apple's M1 Chip

Episode 1746

This past week at their "One More Thing" event, Apple officially announced three new Macs containing their new in-house Apple Silicon processors. The new M1 processor promises high performance at low power. Apple announced three new models, two laptops and one desktop. The models include a new 13" Mac Air, new 13" Macbook Pro, and a new generation Mac Mini. But this doesn't mean that Apple has completely abandoned the Intel platform.

Do I have to upgrade to macOS Catalina before Big Sur?

macOS Big Sur

Episode 1736

Stan from California

Stan wants to know if he should wait until Big Sur or upgrade to macOS Catalina now? Leo says that you have to upgrade to Catalina first, since it eliminates all 32 bit apps. This will give you time to convert your other 32 bit apps to 64. It'll be pretty straight forward. But moving up to Big Sur may be more problematic because of how they approach kernel use. But you could wait and see what happens and stick with Mojave until Big Sur comes out and then see if you have to. Why do it twice if you don't really have to?