Apple Releases macOS Big Sur 11.2; Bringing Bluetooth and M1 Mac Fixes, and More

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Apple has today released macOS Big Sur 11.2; a relatively minor bug fix release that resolves bluetooth issues, brings some M1 Mac fixes, and more.

Our testing suggests that the following VoiceOver issue has been addressed in macOS Big Sur 11.2:

The issue which would on occasions cause there to be a delay of 5-10 seconds before VoiceOver becomes responsive after waking your Mac now appears to mostly be resolved in this release. Our testing suggests that this behaviour may now only present itself when closing the lid of your MacBook and then lifting it again within a few seconds.

If you discover any additional fixes, changes or regressions of note during your own use of this release, please let us know by posting a comment below.

macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Notes

macOS Big Sur 11.2 improves Bluetooth reliability and fixes the following issues:

  • External displays may show a black screen when connected to a Mac mini (M1, 2020) using an HDMI to DVI converter
  • Edits to Apple ProRAW photos in the Photos app may not save
  • iCloud Drive could turn off after disabling the iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents Folders option
  • System Preferences may not unlock when entering your administrator password
  • Globe key may not display the Emoji & Symbols pane when pressed

How to update

To install macOS Big Sur 11.2, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click the Software Update preference pane to check for updates. If any updates are available, click the Update Now button to install them. Or click ”More info” to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.

More information on how to update the software on your Mac is available on this Apple Support page.

As always, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this update. Let us know by adding a comment below.

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Submitted by That Blind Canuck on Monday, February 1, 2021

Any word on whether this update fixes the glitch where some weren't able to open the context menu for items on the dock?

Submitted by Jelal Bairamoglou on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Hi to all. When you first enter the recovery mode, the language option is displayed, VoiceOver does not read this function correctly. If the language is selected for example English the next time you enter Recovery mode it will not display the language selection. The problem is when a language option is displayed you can not select it VoiceOver stops. To see it you have to Reset the pram by pressing Command + Option + R + P at the same time and open your machine.

Submitted by PaulMartz on Friday, February 5, 2021

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Big Sur included a change to have VoiceOver announce the zoom level. As you zoom in and out using Control+Scroll, for example, VoiceOver would say "1.1 x, 1.2 x, 1.3 x, 1.4 x" etcetera. You get the idea.

This is now an option in VO Utility under Verbosity, Announcements, and they have disabled it by default. Yay! And there was great rejoicing.

Now if I could just get them to give me the same fix for the useless invert colors window that Big Sur added.