macOS Big Sur 11.2 brings Mac Bluetooth fix

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macOS 11.2, the latest version of Big Sur, includes a range of bug fixes.
Apple called special attention to a Bluetooth bug fix in its release notes for macOS 11.2.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Apple released macOS Big Sur 11.2 to the public Monday, bringing more reliable Bluetooth connections. That should warm the hearts of those using recently released Macs built around Apple’s first-generation M-series processor.

The Mac update brings other bug fixes as well, but the release notes make no mention of new features.

Mac Bluetooth blues

Users of the late-2020 M1-powered Macs complain of Bluetooth connection problems. That includes Cult of Mac’s own Luke Dormehl, who reported, “Bluetooth accessories such as the mouse and keyboard disconnect from the Apple Silicon Mac at random” with his M1-based Mac mini.

But apparently a fix just arrived in the form of macOS Big Sur 11.2. Apple says it “improves Bluetooth reliability.” However, the company didn’t specifically say the change benefits M1-based Macs.

macOS Big Sur‌ 11.2 release notes

Apple’s own release note for the new version state:

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

Install macOS 11.2 today

Anyone running macOS Mojave or later can get macOS Big Sur via Software Update: Go to the Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Software Update. Another option is to install the new version from the App Store.