macOS Big Sur 11.1 release candidate is now available to beta testers

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.1 release candidate to developers and public beta testers. The update features support for AirPods Max over-ear headphones, Apple TV app improvements, Apple News widget, ProRAW support in Photos app, and much more.

The update is available for both developers and public beta testers and can be downloaded by going to System Preference > General > Software Update on a Mac that is enrolled in Apple’s beta testing program.

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macOS Big Sur 11.1 Release Candidate

Most of the features in macOS Big Sur 11.1 RC bring it on par with iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 in terms of features. Support for AirPods Max, air quality data, Ecosia search engine support in Safari, ProRAW in Photos app, Apple TV+ tab in TV app, and privacy labels in App Store are features shared between macOS Big Sur and iOS 14.3.

Apple has also included a few improvements for M1 Macs including the ability to switch iPhone and iPad apps between landscape and portrait modes, and use them in full-screen too. M1 Macs also get a fix for incorrectly displaying in 4K resolution on LG’s 5K displays.

Here are the complete release notes for this update:

macOS Big Sur 11.1 introduces support for AirPods Max, TV app enhancements, Apple News widgets, and privacy information on the App Store. This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac.

AirPods Max

  • Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
  • High fidelity audio for rich sound
  • Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real time to the personal fit of ear cushions
  • Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
  • Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theater-like listening experience

Apple TV

  • An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
  • Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
  • Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports

Apple News

  • Apple News widgets are now available in Notification Center

App Store

  • New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices
  • In-game dashboard within Arcade games recommends new Arcade games to play

iPhone and iPad apps on Macs with M1

  • New window options for iPhone and iPad apps let you switch between landscape and portrait orientations or expand a window to fill the entire screen

Photos

  • Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app

Safari

  • Ecosia search engine option in Safari

Air Quality

  • Available in Maps and Siri for locations in China mainland
  • Health recommendations are provided in Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Mexico at certain air quality levels

This release also addresses the following issues:

  • QuickTime Player might quit when opening a movie with a timecode track after upgrading from macOS Catalina
  • Bluetooth connection status was not displayed in Control Center
  • Reliability of unlocking your Mac automatically with your Apple Watch
  • Trackpad scrolling speed may be faster than expected on MacBook Pro models
  • LG UltraFine 5K Display may incorrectly display at 4K resolution on Macs with M1

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.
For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

The availability of a macOS Big Sur 11.1 release candidate means that the final version will be released soon. As the update features support for AirPods Max, and they will start shipping no December 15, we expect the update to be available to all users by then.

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