Apple has seeded the first beta of macOS Big Sur 11.3 to developers with new updates and features for Apple’s apps on Mac. The latest beta version is released just a few days after the public release of macOS Big Sur 11.2 which featured several bug fixes for Bluetooth, external display connectivity with M1 Macs, iCloud Drive, System Preferences, keyboard, and more.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta
macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta includes the following new features:
- Safari browser gets more customization options to personalize the Start Page. However, users will not be able to re-arrange Favorites, Reading List, Siri Suggestion, and other sections. Furthermore, developers will be able to provide speech recognition support by using the Web Speech APIs for their websites.
- Improvements to iOS and iPadOS apps on M1 Macs. Along with iOS, iPadOS apps will feature a preference pane to set keyboard alternatives in place of touch commands. iPad apps will also appear in a larger window.
- Updated Reminders app offers better organization features like priority, title, due date, or creation date. Users can also manually add reminders in all lists and print reminders to create to-do lists.
- A new ‘Made For You’ section in Apple Music to quickly find the personal playlists and Replay playlists. In addition, Listen Now section highlights live and upcoming events.
- Redesigned News+ tab on the Apple News app will help users quickly find newspapers and magazines and manage downloaded issues.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta compatible Macs
macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta is compatible with the following Macs:
- MacBook Air (2013 and newer)
- MacBook Pro (late 2013 and newer)
- MacBook (2015 and newer)
- iMac (2014 and newer)
- iMac Pro (2017 and newer)
- Mac mini (2014 and newer)
- Mac Pro (2013 and newer)
Download macOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta
If your Mac is already enrolled in a beta program, open System Preferences > Software Update to download the new beta. As this is beta software, make sure that you have properly backed up your data before updating, as there might be bugs in the update that could cause data loss.
To download the beta version of macOS Big Sur, new users can register to Apple’s developer program for $99/year. It gives them access to a beta access utility which they will have to download and install to enroll their Mac in the beta program. Alternatively, they can simply wait for the public beta update, which is released to users who are part of Apple’s beta software program. The program is free and gives you access to public beta builds, which are released a few days after developer betas.