So I updated to Big Sur on the 8GB 2016 12″ MacBook to test the final public release performance and whilst it does run a bit faster than the beta I’d not recommend it.
It looks fantastic but there is a lot of lag in the experience on this little machine and I’ll be reverting it back to Catalina.
It’s a shame but this little machine with it’s slow intel to keep cool just didn’t stand a chance. I’d love an M1 12″ because the form factor (keyboard aside) is one of my favourite Mac models.
So, if you’re on an 8GB base model 12″ I wouldn’t recommend using Big Sur.