macOS Big Sur 11.3 released with improvements for M1 Macs, new game controllers support, and more

Apple has released the final version of macOS Big Sur 11.3. The new update has a number of new features including new Safari customization options, 200 new emojis, updates to Find My, Siri, Music, Podcasts, News, Reminders and Maps, and much more.

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What’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.3?

Apple has added support for AirTag tracking via new Find My app updates in macOS Big Sur 11.3. The update also includes improvements to iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs, with the ability to change window size or use full screen, keyboard support, and game controller emulation via keyboard and mouse. Among other internal app updates, Safari has finally gained WebM and Vorbis video and audio format support. M1 Macs have also gotten hibernation support with this update.

Here are the complete release notes from Apple:

AirTag and Find My
•    Support for AirTag to keep track of and find your important items like your keys, wallet, backpack and more, privately and securely in the Find My app
•    The Find My network with hundreds of millions of devices can help you find your AirTag, even when it isn’t nearby
•    Lost Mode notifies you when your AirTag is found, and you can enter a phone number where you can be contacted

iPhone and iPad apps on Macs with M1
•    Option to change an iPhone and iPad app’s window size
•    Support for displaying the highest resolution version of an iPhone or iPad app in full screen
•    Keyboard support for iPhone and iPad games designed to use device tilt
•    Keyboard, mouse and trackpad support for iPhone and iPad games that support game controllers

•    Support for separate skin tones for each individual in all variations of the couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji
•    New face emojis, heart emojis, woman with a beard emoji

•    Siri now includes more diverse voice options

Apple Music
•    Autoplay keeps music playing by automatically playing a similar song, once you’ve reached the end of a song or playlist
•    City charts showcase what’s popular in over 100 cities from all over the world

•    Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening
•    Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your Library for quick access
•    Download behavior and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis
•    Top Charts and popular categories in Search help you discover new shows

•    Redesigned News+ feed enables Apple News+ subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues
•    All-new Search experience that helps you find relevant topics, channels, and stories

•    Start Page section order can now be customized
•    Additional WebExtensions API lets developers offer extensions that replace the new tab page
•    Web Speech API lets developers incorporate speech recognition into their web pages for real-time captioning, dictation, and voice navigation
•    WebM and Vorbis video and audio format support

•    Ability to sort Today Smart list
•    Support for syncing the order of reminders in lists across your devices
•    Option to print your reminder lists

•    Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller support

Mac computers with the M1 chip
•    Hibernation support

About This Mac
•    About this Mac displays Apple warranty status and AppleCare+ coverage in the Service tab when signed in with Apple ID
•    Support for purchasing and enrolling in AppleCare+ for eligible Mac computers from About This Mac

This release also fixes the following issues:
•    Reminders created via Siri may be unintentionally set for early morning hours
•    iCloud Keychain might not turn off
•    AirPods audio routing to incorrect device for Automatic Switching
•    AirPods Automatic Switching notifications might be missing or duplicated
•    External 4K monitors may not display in full resolution when connected over USB-C
•    Login window may not display properly after restarting Mac mini (M1, 2020)
•    The Dwell feature may not work in the Accessibility Keyboard

Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices, and require an Apple ID.
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macOS Big Sur 11.3 compatible Macs

macOS Big Sur 11.3 is compatible with the following Mac models:

  • 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)

How to upgrade to macOS Big Sur 11.3?

If you already have macOS Big Sur installed, simply open System Preference > Software Update. Wait for the update to show up and download it. Your Mac will restart to complete the installation process. If you are using a MacBook, make sure to keep it plugged into an outlet so that it does not run out of battery during the upgrade process.

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