So I've had a few users on Big Sur reporting that after they enter their password, their systems freeze at the progress bar, and never get to the desktop. One user had it sit for several hours. Only doing a hard shut down and then logging in again worked. Anyone else have similar things happen? User is logging in at the pre-boot auth, and happened on Intel 13-inch MacBook Pro, and both M1 devices (Air, and 13-inch Pro).
For me the last updates were:
macOS Mojave Security Update 2021-004 10.14.6 06/01/2021, 12:04:03
Safari 14.1.1 06/01/2021, 12:04:03
041-91647 | Gatekeeper Configuration Data 140 061-26568 | CompatibilityNotificationData 1.0.6 061-26575 | Gatekeeper Configuration Data 181 071-40073 | MRTConfigData 1.79 071-47178 | XProtectPlistConfigData 2147
I decided to reinstall the OS on my test M1 MacBook Pro, and now my machine freezes after entering my password. During the OS install, at the first reboot the machine hung at the Apple logo with cursor, so I hard shut it down. When it came back up, I entered my password and it finished the installation. I logged in successfully, rebooted, entered my password, and its stuck at the progress bar now. I submitted feedback to Apple on this, but I dont know what good that will do.