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Apple has stopped providing standalone updaters in macOS Big Sur

Apple has stopped providing standalone updater versions of its macOS system software, starting with macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 — but is still providing them for Catalina and Mojave as recently as December 16.

Credit: Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsiderCredit: Andrew O’Hara, AppleInsider

For decades, Apple has offered a users the ability to download standalone smaller update files without needing to download a full OS install image, or the same update in the macOS Software Update feature multiple times across a rollout of Macs. In macOS Big Sur, that download has not been made available for any of the updates.

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