macOS Big Sur 11.0: tested

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.0, the latest version of its operating system (OS) for Mac computers. macOS Big Sur brings a refined new design, powerful controls, and intuitive customisation options to the Mac.

Among other key features and enhancements, the new OS includes tweaks to the curves of the window corners, dock icons and colours of the user interface. The control centre (in the menu bar), widgets and notification centre are also look more sophisticated.

Technical requirements for macOS Big Sur 11.0

Big Sur can only be installed on certain Mac models, so you’ll need to check whether your machine meets these requirements. For more information, view the technical specifications. For more information on how to upgrade, visit the Apple website.

NOTE:

macOS Big Sur 11.0 has been tested and is now supported by ICTS.

 

Key to symbols used

Testing Key

Tested and approved

Tested and NOT approved

Not working/Not yet functional

Not tested/Testing in progress

Known issues

 

Test results

The following test matrix details the current status and results of the testing as regards the systems and software applicable at UCT.

macOS Big Sur 11.0

Operating System

What was tested

Results 

Status

macOS Big Sur 11.0

Installation, functionality

Successful

macOS Big Sur 11.0

Upgrade, functionality

Successful

 

Application and services

Results & Comments

Status

Office 365

Basic functionality

Skype for Business 2016

Basic functionality

Microsoft Teams

Basic functionality

Apple TV

Basic functionality

Mac Mail

Basic functionality
Recommended supported email client for Office 365

AirDrop

Basic functionality

Continuity

Basic functionality

Adobe Reader DC

Basic functionality

Adobe DC Pro

Basic functionality

SAP 7.50 GUI revision 4

Basic functionality

Mozilla Firefox 69.0

Basic functionality

Safari 13.0

Basic functionality

McAfee EndPoint Security 10.7.5

Basic functionality

McAfee EPO Agent 5.6.6

Basic functionality

Oracle Java Runtime Environment:
Version 8u213

Basic functionality

Parallels Desktop 15

Basic functionality

EndNote X9

Basic functionality

Novell iPrint v06.08

Basic functionality - Not yet tested due to restricted access to campus.

Papercut

Basic functionality

EZProxy

Basic functionality

PeopleSoft

Basic functionality

Third Party System

Basic functionality

VPN (Cisco VPN AnyConnect Client)

Basic functionality

Bomgar

Basic functionality

eduroam

Basic functionality

eduroam CAT

Basic functionality

CIFS and SMB (Access to the UCT file services cluster)

Basic functionality

SPSS 27

Basic functionality

Boot Camp

Basic functionality

UCT Apple update server

Basic functionality

Microsoft AutoUpdate

Basic functionality

Nvivo 12

Basic functionality

 


Websitess (Testing done using Safari 13 and Chrome)

What was Tested

Status: Safari

Status: Chrome

http://www.uct.ac.za/

Functionality

https://uct.service-now.com

Functionality / Authentication

http://www.icts.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

http://password.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

http://netstorage.uct.ac.za

Basic functionality, authentication, file upload, file download and browsing network drives using Safari 14.0

http://lists.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

https://www.ezproxy.uct.ac.za

Functionality/Authentication

https://vula.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication (note: Lecture recordings)

http://outlook.office365.com

Functionality / Authentication

http://whitepages.uct.ac.za

Functionality / Authentication

https://mpsportal.uct.ac.za/app

Functionality / Authentication