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Today Apple released macOS 11.6.1 Update, a major software update to macOS Big Sur. Update any supported system using the built-in Software Update functionality through the macOS System Preferences pane.

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What we know about the 11.6.1 Update so far...
  • macOS Build 20G224
  • Updated graphics, audio drivers
  • Install macOS Big Sur App has been updated - If you downloaded macOS Big Sur from the App Store prior to today, and you want to have the latest version on your backup installer USB, simply log into the Mac App Store and click Download. The updated Install macOS Big Sur App can be found in the Applications folder.
macOS Big Sur 11.6.1 — Restart Required

Testing is now underway- this post will be updated. Good luck, and let us know how it goes! Report your results here.

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Please post help requests in the Big Sur Desktop Support Forum section (not in this thread).


Pre Update Notes
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- This update may break some of your Big Sur functions. Make sure you backup first. :thumbup:

- Make sure you use the latest versions of the Lilu.kext, AppleALC.kext and WhateverGreen.kext.

Here's the step by step way to update:
:ch:Backup your current installation using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper;

:ch: Update to the latest Clover or OpenCore 0.7.4.
See the tonymacx86 Clover Builds (in Download menu) to update Clover. To update your OpenCore, see this guide. To convert from Clover to Open Core, see this guide.

Note: Before you update, make sure your USB ports are properly mapped. I recommend you use this procedure by @ohchang in his post here to do the USB port mapping or the USB ports will not work.

:ch: Download the Big Sur 11.6.1 Update from Apple's Mac App Store using System Preferences > Software Update, and run it - the updater will reboot upon completion.
Note: Update will reboot several times; each time Clover/OpenCore picks the correct boot partition. So, sit back and relax. The update takes 3 reboots and ~30 minutes to complete.​

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:ch: Done! So far, another easy update! :thumbup:

Please post help requests in the Big Sur Desktop Support Forum section (not in this thread).
 
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11.6->11.61 (20G224) took 32 minutes from beginning of download to display request for Apple ID. Did this twice, once for each of my 2 SSDs in computer at left. No apparent problems.
 
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just updated to 11.6.1. all good.

by the way, my system intel 8700, rx 580, msi z390 plus.Screen Shot 2021-10-26 at 7.28.11 am.png
 
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Remarkable moment: the first macOS update that is not a “Security Update” for an older macOS version.
 
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Updated my hack desktop earlier today. Before I installed the update I updated OpenCore from 0.7.3, to 0.7.4. Checked my config, updated Apple ALC and Whatevergreen to latest, everything else was ok. Took 2 reboots and 25 min. My MoBo is a rather aged GA-Z170X UD5 TH. Powercolor RX 5500XT. SMBios set to iMac 17,1
 

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HackbookPro15,2 (HP Envy x360 15m: Kabylake R i5-8250U/UHD620) updated to 11.6.1 without issues. Very smooth update (OpenCore 0.7.4).

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I don't think this is a "major software update" for Big Sur.

According to Howard Oakley, Big Sur has entered "Security Support", and both 11.6 and 11.6.1 are just security updates :

It is obvious by now Apple will not provide standalone updaters for Big Sur. You can only update Big Sur by using the software update or the full installer.
 
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