macOS Big Sur 11.1 update enables full-screen iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs

Apple recently released macOS Big Sur 11.1 with AirPods Max support, Apple TV updates, Apple Store privacy labels, ProRAW support in Photos, improvements to iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs, and more.

Apple also silently added in the ability to run an iPhone or iPad app in full-screen mode on the new M1-based Macs with this latest update. Though these apps will most likely improve once developers will fully optimize them for the Mac, users can still enjoy the feature in the meantime.

macOS Big Sur 11.1

macOS Big Sur 11.1 enables full-screen iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs

Mentioned in the macOS Big Sur 11.1’s release notes is the ability for iPhone and iPad apps with non-resizable windows to enter full-screen mode on Macs with the M1 chip, this is especially useful for video apps like HBO Max. The update also allows iPhone and iPad app windows to be switched between landscape and portrait orientations.

“macOS 11.1 allows the HBO Max iPad app to go full screen. Our long national nightmare is over. — Chris Domico (@chrisdomico) December 14, 2020″

macOS Big Sur 11.1

For those who want to try this feature out, you will need a Mac with Apple’s new M1 processer which shares the same features as A-series chips in the iPhone and iPhone. Apps and games that are labeled “Designed for iPhone” or “Designed for iPad” in the Mac App Store can be used with this feature.

The update is now available to all users with compatible Macs. To upgrade your Mac, go to System Preferences > Software Update to download and install the new update. The update also features a few bug fixes for QuickTime, Apple Watch unlock, Bluetooth connectivity, video output to LG UltraFine 5K displays, and trackpad scrolling.

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