Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 for users continuing to run the Big Sur operating system. The 11.6.2 update was issued alongside the release of macOS Monterey 12.1 for Mac users running Monterey.
The macOS 11.6.2 update includes important security updates and is therefore recommended for all Big Sur users to install.
How to Download MacOS Big Sur 11.6.2
Always backup the Mac with Time Machine before installing system updates.
- Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”
- Choose “Software Update”
- Choose to “More Info” under ‘Other Updates Available
- Check the box for macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 update, and choose to ‘Install Now’
Installing macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 will require the Mac to reboot.
Optionally, users can also choose to update to macOS Monterey 12.1 if they’re ready to install the MacOS Monterey operating system.
Users running macOS Catalina will find a Security Update available instead, or the option to update to macOS Monterey.
macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 Release Notes
Release notes included with macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 are brief:
macOS Big Sur 11.6.2 — Restart Required
This update is recommended for all users and improves the security of macOS.
For more information on the security content of this update see https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
The security-specific release notes for macOS 11.6.2 are rather substantial and include many security patches, making it important for Big Sur users to install the update. You can review those at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212979
Separately, iOS 15.2 for iPhone, iPadOS 15.2 for iPad, watchOS 8.3 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 15.2 for Apple TV were released as well.