It also introduced the first beta version for developers for testing purposes from macOS Big Sur 11.3, which provides further improvements via Safari, Reminders, Apple Music, Apple News, and other apps.
The latest version comes with a number of new features and improvements similar to what we saw with the first beta version of iOS 14.5.
The macOS Big Sur 11.3 update tries to improve the experience of running iPhone and iPad apps on the M1 Mac, which can be a little tricky at this early stage without a touch screen.
IPadOS apps appear larger now than before – if screen size permits – and beta testers are finding a new preference panel for iPhone and iPad apps, which allows them to better customize keyboard commands for “touch alternatives”.
“Alternatives to touch” provides alternatives to the keyboard for click, scroll and drag gestures, and enables multi-finger gestures using the option key and trackpad.
And macOS Big Sur 11.3 makes Safari’s start page even more customizable, letting you rearrange the various sections (favorites, reading list, Siri suggestions, etc.) to your liking.
Developers gain the ability to create extensions that run on the new tab page, and can also take advantage of the new Web Speech API to integrate speech recognition across their webpages.
For the Reminders app, you’ll be able to sort reminders based on title, date, priority, or creation date.
With this update, Apple allows you to easily print your reminders if the paper copy might be useful when you go to the store or complete other tasks.
And Apple Music gets small tweaks, like a shortcut to Made for You playlists. Live and upcoming special events are also highlighted on the For You tab.
The Apple News app undergoes design improvements in the Apple News Plus tab to make it easier to access and download magazines and newspapers.
And like the upcoming iOS 14.5 update, macOS Big Sur 11.3 adds support for the latest Xbox and PlayStation controllers, and the same compatibility with Apple’s portable devices comes as part of iOS 14.5.