Apple releases seventh macOS Big Sur 11.3 developer beta

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For the seventh time in this generation of beta testing, Apple has provided developer beta testers an updated build of macOS Big Sur 11.3 to try out ahead of release.




The newest build can be picked up from the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or as an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive shortly after the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

The seventh beta appears shortly after the sixth, which was issued on March 31, and the fifth from March 23. Apple started the current macOS beta-testing journey on February 2.

So far, betas haven't revealed any major feature changes or additions to macOS, but some have surfaced. For example, Apple News and Apple Music both have interface changes, with the latter including live events in the Listen Now section.

Changes have also been made to the Reminders app, adding new ways to sort items in lists. Controller emulation has also been spotted, allowing for users to play iOS and iPadOS games on Apple Silicon using a keyboard and mouse instead of a controller.

Typical performance improvements and bug fixes are also anticipated as part of the release.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly recommend users don't install the betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

Find any changes in the new betas? Reach out to us on Twitter at @AppleInsider or @Andrew_OSU, or send Andrew an email at andrew@AppleInsider.com.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    What really needs a major UI overhaul is Messages in macOS. It’s almost useless as there’s no text along with the picture so you have almost guess which message thread to open when you’re looking for a particular person.

  • Reply 2 of 4
    What really needs a major UI overhaul is Messages in macOS. It’s almost useless as there’s no text along with the picture so you have almost guess which message thread to open when you’re looking for a particular person.

    They need to just port the iPad app.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,287member
    What really needs a major UI overhaul is Messages in macOS. It’s almost useless as there’s no text along with the picture so you have almost guess which message thread to open when you’re looking for a particular person.

    What are you talking about? I'm still on Catalina, but haven't seen anything weird yet with the Big Sur Messages. Are you sure you don't just have the left column collapsed to just the profile pic/initials?
    llama
  • Reply 4 of 4
    swat671swat671 Posts: 67member
    I'm surprised they have so many betas. For a point update like this, there's usually only 4 or 5 betas, not 7. That's like a new OS release or something.
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