macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 8 is released to developers and public beta testers

Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 8. The update is much smaller in size compared to its predecessors and contains under-the-hood fixes and improvements. The beta build is available for both developers and public testers.

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macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 8

This new beta has been released just a week after beta 7 was released. We are close to the final release now, and Apple is seeding a new beta build on a weekly basis.

macOS Big Sur 11.3 betas so far have featured a number of changes and improvements. New features in this update include additional Safari customization options, enhancements to iOS and iPadOS apps on M1 Macs, game controller emulation for iOS games, improvements to Reminders, Apple Music, and Apple News apps, support for audio output to stereo paired HomePods from Mac, and support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S controllers. WebM playback has also been found in Safari, and optimized battery charging is now smarter as it makes sure that a Mac is 100% charged before any calendar event.

References to upcoming Apple Silicon iMac models have also been found in macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta builds, which are expected to launch later this year with a brand new design and fast performance thanks to M-series chips.

To upgrade your Mac to the new beta, simply go to System Preferences > Software Update to download the new build. If your Mac is not enrolled in a beta program, you can go to Apple Developer Center to enroll in the developer beta program for $99/year, or register for free with the Apple Public Beta Software program. The public betas initially release a bit later than developers betas, however, later in the beta cycle, they release on the same day, like this beta 8 for macOS Big Sur 11.3.

The final version of macOS Big Sur 11.3 is expected in the coming weeks, as Apple is also preparing iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, tvOS 14.5, and watchOS 7.3 for their stable releases.

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