macOS Big Sur downloads very slow, Apple dev site down


Apple just released its major macOS update with Big Sur. While downloads are often slow with the large file and many users trying to get the software at the same time, it looks like download times are particularly slow this year and are failing in many cases. Meanwhile, it seems that Apple’s Developer website is down as is iMessage and we’re even seeing macOS Catalina performance impacted.


Update: 1:10 PM PT: Apple has confirmed the issue with downloading macOS Big Sur on its System Status page saying “Users may not be able to download macOS Software Updates on Mac computers. The issue is currently being investigated.”

Apple also added iMessage to the list of issues seeing an outage.

Update 1:20 PM PT: If you’re seeing your Mac that’s running Catalina experiencing major slowdowns, you’re not imagining things. it appears an issue with an Apple server connection.


macOS 11 Big Sur is roughly 12GB in size and will take a bit to download. But even users with fast to very fast internet service are seeing estimates of 12+ hours all the way up to 7 days in some cases. That points to the issue likely being on Apple’s end.

We’ve also heard from many reporting that the download fails and having to start over or that it completely downloads and then kicks out an error.

At the same time, Apple’s Developer website seems to be inaccessible which could be related to the very slow pace of macOS Big Sur downloads.

Here’s what we’re seeing when trying to load Apple’s Developer website:

We’re also hearing complaints from many that the Apple TV app is slow at the moment. Apple’s system status page doesn’t mention anything about macOS Software Update issues or Apple TV app for now, however it does say Apple Maps navigation and traffic features are currently down.

Are you seeing similar issues with downloading Big Sur or other Apple apps? Let us know down in the comments!

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