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Apple today released macOS Big Sur 11.4, the fourth major update to the macOS Big Sur operating system that launched in November 2020. macOS Big Sur comes one month after the release of macOS Big Sur 11.3, an update that added M1 optimizations, AirTag integration, and more.

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The new ‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌ 11.4 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences.

macOS Big Sur 11.4 lays the groundwork for two upcoming Apple Music features: Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio, both of which will be available on the Mac.

It also adds support for Apple Podcasts subscriptions, and fixes a number of bugs, as outlined in Apple's release notes.
macOS Big Sur 11.4 adds Apple Podcasts subscriptions and channels and includes important bug fixes.

Podcasts
- Apple Podcasts subscriptions are available for purchase via monthly and annual subscriptions
- Channels group together collections of shows from podcast creators

This release also fixes the following issues:
- Bookmarks in Safari may get reordered or moved into a folder that can appear hidden
- Certain websites may not display correctly after your Mac wakes from sleep
- Keywords may not be included when exporting a photo from the Photos app
- Preview may become unresponsive when searching PDF documents
- 16-inch MacBook may become unresponsive when playing Civilization VI

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Apple's attention will soon be focused on the next-generation version of macOS, macOS 12, which is expected to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference that kicks off on June 7.

Article Link: Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.4 With Apple Podcasts Subscription Support
 

cigz

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Seems like a relatively unimportant update. Think I'll hold off and let the guinea pigs... er, eager beavers update first.
I wouldn't call that unimportant. There are reports that 11.4 allegedly fixes SSD "thrashing" issue on M1 Macs. I can't test that personally cause i have Intel MacBook.
 
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Reason077

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There are reports that 11.4 allegedly fixes SSD "thrashing" issue on M1 Macs. I can't test that personally cause i have Intel MacBook.

macOS thrashed the SSD pretty hard on my Intel MacBook too: 119 TB over ~36 months. But it does seem even worse on M1: 27.7 TB after 3 months! In fact it's gone up 0.2 TB since this morning. Both 8 GB machines.

[Update June 8th: Disk writes are now at 30.1 TB, so I am averaging 0.17 TB per day in the 14 days since installing the 11.4 update. Still seems pretty high?]
 
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gusping

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I hhope it fixes my 4K display not being recognised, crackling speaker noise and kernal panics upon waking. Big Sur is the worst software i have ever used.
 
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gusping

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Seems like a relatively unimportant update. Think I'll hold off and let the guinea pigs... er, eager beavers update first.
I thought that with Big Sur as a whole. Updated my 2018 mini a week ago and have been through hell and back. I’m genuinely gobsmacked how Apple can release an OS with so many bugs. And I thought Catalina was bad…
 

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I thought that with Big Sur as a whole. Updated my 2018 mini a week ago and have been through hell and back. I’m genuinely gobsmacked how Apple can release an OS with so many bugs. And I thought Catalina was bad…
For the first time in my Mac computing history (started using it at system 7.5.5) I'm going to keep my machines on Big Sur when MacOS 12 comes out. Too many bugs, too many problem, and it takes them forever to fix anything. I use my M1 MBP in the wilderness / off grid all the time for back country camping and I cannot afford to have it crap out on me because of some ****** bug they should have caught in QA.
 

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I hhope it fixes my 4K display not being recognised, crackling speaker noise and kernal panics upon waking. Big Sur is the worst software i have ever used.
I agree. I receive constant kernel panics, have done everything under the sun to try to fix, and am now in discussions with Apple engineers about it (I've gone through the whole Apple process to be escalated up)... Big Sur is trash.
 
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posguy99

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So fixing four remote vulns would be the only reason to bother with this, it looks like. Still no reason to bother with Big Sur in general.
 
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