According to MacRumors recent report, Apple today released the third developer preview version of macOS Big Sur 11.3 to developers. This is two weeks after the second preview version was launched, and also stable macOS Big Sur 11.2 was released one month later. It is currently not clear when the Beta 3 will update to stable channel!
We do know that after installing the official configuration file in the Apple Developer Center, developers can download macOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta using “Software Update” in “System Preferences”.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 introduces more Safari customization options, which can rearrange different parts on the start page, such as favorites, reading list, Siri suggestions, privacy reports, and so on. Developers can also develop new features of the start page.
This update also includes optimizations for running iOS apps on Mac M1 . When running iPhone and iPad applications on Mac M1, there is a “Touch Alternatives” option window that allows users to set keyboard commands for touch input alternatives. By clicking the name of the application in the menu bar, and then selecting preferences, you can see that the iPhone or iPad application enables the touch-replacement feature, which allows users to customize the shortcut keys for tapping, sliding, and dragging.
In addition, if the Mac’s display device allows it, there can be a larger window when the iPadOS application starts.
The Apple Music app also provides a new autoplay option that allows streaming services to continue playing music after the playlist or music queue ends. This new feature provided by Apple Music is similar to the autoplay feature added in iOS 14. With this function, even if the playlist or album has ended, the audio playback of Apple Music will not end.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 also adds support for the latest PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series x/s controllers , which can be used for games on macOS.
At the same time, “About this Mac” page has also been updated. This page adds a lot of new features, including an electronic warranty, and checking the warranty of your own device. This page is similar to the AppleCare menu in the iOS “Settings” application, allowing users to apply for repairs, purchase AppleCare plans, and check the range of hardware they can cover.
For HomePod users, macOS Big Sur 11.3 supports the HomePod Stereo function, allowing a pair of HomePods to be set as the default sound output option, and the two HomePods appear as a single optional speaker, instead of being separated like in previous versions of macOS display.
The code in macOS Big Sur 11.3 indicates that the new battery charging optimization feature will preserve the life of the Mac battery by limiting the time it takes to charge the Mac battery. The battery of the Mac device will be fully charged before the event scheduled in the “Schedule”.
We learned later that the official version of macOS Big Sur 11.3 update is expected to be officially pushed to all users in the spring!
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