Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 7. The update is minor and does not contain any new features, however, macOS 11.3 beta overall has a number of new features.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 7
macOS 11.3 beta has turned out to be a major update. It includes new Safari customization options, optimizations for iPhone and iPad apps on Apple Silicon M1 Macs, game controller emulation for iOS apps, and support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S controllers. Apple has also updated Reminders and Apple News apps with some useful tweaks, and Apple Music now supports autoplay, like its iOS 14 counterpart. Apple is also rolling out improved Optimized Battery Charging. With the new beta, HomePod users can set their stereo pairs as default audio output devices for their Macs.
Apart from the new features, references for upcoming Apple Silicon iMac models have also been found in macOS 11.3 beta’s code. These iMacs are expected to release this year with a Pro Display XDR-like design, five new colors, and fast internals thanks to custom Apple Silicon chips.
Apple has been testing macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta since February, and the final version is expected to launch this Spring for all compatible Macs. The current stable build for Mac is macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, which was released with important WebKit security fixes last month.
If your Mac is already enrolled in the developer or public beta program, simply open System Preferences > Software Update, to download the new beta. If you want to participate in the beta program, you can sign up for the developer betas by going to Apple Developer Center, however, it will cost you $99/year. Alternatively, you can sign up to Apple’s Public Beta Software Program, which is free, but sometimes the betas release a bit later than their developer counterparts.
Apple also released beta 7 for iOS 14.5, watchOS 7.4 and tvOS 14.5 yesterday.