Apple today launched the third public beta of an upcoming macOS Big Sur 11.3 update for its public beta test group, with the new software coming two weeks after the second public beta and one day after Apple released. provided the third beta to developers.
Public beta testers can download macOS Big Sur 11.3 from the Software Update section of the System Preferences app after installing the appropriate profile from Apple’s beta software website. Those who wish to test the update can register on the Apple site.
MacOS Big Sur 11.3 brings new customization options for Safari, adding a way to rearrange different sections of the start page like favorites, reading list, Siri suggestions, privacy report, etc. Developers also have access to a new integration to develop functionality for the start page.
The update includes optimizations for using iOS apps on M1 Macs. When running iPhone and iPad apps on MacM1 Macs, there is a Touch Alternatives preference pane to set keyboard commands for touch input alternatives, as well as iPadOS apps launch with a larger window if the Mac allows it. Touch alternatives can be enabled for iPhone or iPad applications by clicking on the application name in the menu bar, then selecting the Preferences option. Touch alternatives let you customize tapping, swiping, and sliding with keyboard commands.
MacOS Big Sur 11.3 adds support for the latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series X / S controllers for use with macOS games.
In the Reminders app, the reminders lists can be sorted by due date, creation date, priority or title, and there is an option to print the lists by going to File> Print. Reminders can also be moved manually in lists by dragging and dropping, which was not possible before.
Apple added a new “Made For You” library shortcut in Apple Music to find Personal Mixes and Replay playlists, and the Listen Now section has been updated with support for highlighting events. live.
There is also a new autoplay feature in the Apple Music app that allows the streaming service to continue playing music after a playlist or music queue ends. Apple Music provides music similar to what is in a person’s Apple Music library, with the feature mimicking the autoplay option added to Apple Music in iOS 14.
When AutoPlay is enabled, “Apple Music” audio does not stop even after a playlist or album ends. To verify it’s on, play a playlist or album, then click the three dot / row menu button in the upper right corner. From there, make sure the infinity symbol is on.
In the Apple News app, there is a redesigned “Apple News” + tab with a dedicated “For you” section and a new Browse tab that makes it easier to navigate through available content. The new For You section is designed to help Apple News users find their favorite magazines and newspapers much faster, in addition to adding new tools for handling downloaded issues.
There is an updated “Support” interface when accessing “About This Mac”. The new design includes details about your warranty and allows you to start a repair directly from the Mac interface.
MacOS Big Sur 11.3 adds support for HomePod stereo pairs, allowing a set of paired HomePods to be set as the default audio output option, with both HomePods appearing as a single speaker selectable rather than separate as in the versions. previous versions of macOS.
The code from the update suggests that the Optimized Battery Charging feature will now ensure that the Mac’s battery is fully charged before a scheduled calendar event. The Mac will charge 100% three hours before the start time of a calendar event.
Optimized battery charge is designed to preserve Mac battery life by limiting the amount of time a Mac stays at 100% battery power.
In Safari, WebM video playback is supported, which allows users to play WebM videos using the Apple browser. WebM is a niche video format designed to be a royalty-free alternative to the H.264 codec used in the MP4 format. WebM allows video files to stay small without sacrificing quality and can be played back with little processing power, making it ideal for web pages and browsers.
The code contained in the third beta of macOS Big Sur 11.3 suggests that Rosetta may be removed from some Mac M1 in some regions after the software is released. It is mentioned that “Rosetta is no longer available in this region. Applications requiring Rosetta will no longer work ”, but no additional information is available at this time.
There also appear to be new assets suggesting a feature to map game controller buttons to keyboard layouts, and there is a Game Center toggle to toggle connections with friends on or off, which allows games to be on you. configure with your friends or prevent apps from accessing them. Info.
To learn more about macOS Big Sur, check out our macOS Big Sur roundup. The software is expected to be released this spring.