Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta to developers and public beta testers. The previous beta was released over two weeks ago, while a stable update, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, was released earlier this week with a security patch.
What’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta 2?
Apple has not shared any release notes for macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta 2. We can safely assume that any improvements are under the hood and focused on bug fixes and security improvements.
The first beta included support for AMD Navi RDNA2 architecture (6800, 6800XT and 6900XT) for Intel Macs.
macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta 2 compatible Macs
macOS Big Sur 11.4 2 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 install macOS Big Sur 11.4 beta 2?
To install the new beta, you can either go to Apple Developer Center ($99/year) or Apple Public Beta Software Program (free) and download the installer that will enroll your Mac in the beta program. Once installed, go to System Preferences > Software Update to download and install the new update. In case you already have an existing beta version installed, you will also find the new beta fro download in System Preferences > Software Update.
The current stable version available to users is macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, which was released with security fixes for WebKit flaws. The last major update was macOS Big Sur 11.3, which features a number of improvements such as enhancements for iOS apps on M1 Macs, support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X game controllers, AirTag and Find My Network support, 200+ new emojis, and updates to Apple Music, Podcasts, Safari, and News apps. The update also included 50 security fixes, some of which had been actively exploited.
Apple also released iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, watchOS 7.5, and tvOS 14.6 beta 2 a few days ago.