Apple releases macOS Big Sur 11.1 public beta 1, tvOS 14.3 beta 2 and watchOS 7.2 beta 2

Apple has released the first macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta, tvOS 14.3 beta 2, and watchOS 7.2 beta 2. The developer beta for macOS 11.1 was released just a few days ago with a few minor user interface updates to elements like the notification center, and playlists in the Music app. tvOS 14.3 beta 2 has no visible changes, while watchOS 7.2 beta 2 features support for cardio fitness.

macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta 1, tvOS 14.3 beta 2 and watchOS 7.2 beta 2

macOS Big Sur 11.1 beta 1

Apple has already released macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 before with various bug fixes and improvements for Mac Catalyst apps. Since then, Apple released M1 Macs to the public, and it is expected that the new macOS 11.1 beta will contain updates targeted towards fixes for both Intel and Apple Silicon Macs. Users have already been reporting performance issues with macOS Big Sur, especially with Safari’s sluggishness, so hopefully, Apple will be working on fixing it.

tvOS 14.3 beta 2

tvOS 14.3 beta had no new features, and even the release notes did not mention anything new. Unless we find anything new, we can safely assume that it will contain under-the-hood bug fixes, and compatibility improvements with the rest of the operating system updates that Apple is working on.

watchOS 7.2 beta 2

With watchOS 7.2 beta, Apple has shared that it is working on a new feature called cardio fitness. Cardio fitness will be tracked by measuring VO2 Max, which is the minimum amount of oxygen that a person’s body can consume during exercise. With watchOS 7.2, cardio fitness notifications will be available on Apple Watch in certain scenarios, as per Apple:

Apple Watch can notify you if your cardio fitness reaches a level where you may experience limitations in your daily activity.

Apple has also been beta testing iOS 14.3 with Apple ProRAW format, and various updates to built-in apps like Camera, Home, Health, Weather, and more. References to a few future products have also been found in the code which include AirTags and AirPods Studio.

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