Apple Issues 'Device Support Update' for macOS Big Sur

Apple today released a standalone "Device Support Update" for macOS Big Sur. The minor update ensures proper updating and restoring for iOS and iPadOS devices with a Mac, according to Apple, but no further details were provided.

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It's likely that the update improves Finder support for newly released devices, including iPhone 13 models, the new iPad mini, and the ninth-generation iPad.

The update can be installed by clicking on the Apple logo in the macOS menu bar in the top-left corner of the screen, clicking on About This Mac, and clicking on Software Update. The update is listed with a file size of 195.6MB.

Top Rated Comments

troublador Avatar
8 months ago

Going by issues with Apple software updates lately (Safari 15, iOS 15, etc), I am scared to apply this update.
Strap on a pair and do it. I expect you'll survive somehow.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tywebb13 Avatar
8 months ago
Here are the standalone installers:

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/60/24/002-15367-A_MA86KNTLQ0/u91qgvohbwkxykwe0u6oj9mlxdfdqt4ai5/MobileDeviceSU2.pkg

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/60/24/002-15367-A_MA86KNTLQ0/u91qgvohbwkxykwe0u6oj9mlxdfdqt4ai5/CoreTypes.pkg

It is for Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra and El Capitan.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bustycat Avatar
8 months ago
So surprised that is not a 3 GB 11.6.1 package.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
asdex Avatar
8 months ago
Also issued for Catalina ?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
B/D Avatar
8 months ago
Installed in a few seconds. No reboot necessary.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
usagora Avatar
8 months ago

Will this require a restart?
No.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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