Apple only released its latest update for yesterday macOS Big Sur with improved Bluetooth reliability and a handful of bug fixes. And today, the first beta of macOS Big Sur 11.3 launches, further refining Safari, Reminders, Apple Music, Apple News, and other apps. This update will also attempt to improve the experience of running iPhone and iPad apps on M1 Macs, which can still be a bit cumbersome at this early stage (and without a touchscreen display).
iPadOS apps are now displayed larger than before – if your screen size allows this – and beta testers will find a new settings area for iPhone and iPad apps, with which they can better personalize the keyboard shortcuts for “touch alternatives”. Touch alternatives enable “keyboard alternatives for gestures for typing, swiping and dragging, as well as activating multi-finger gestures using the option key and a trackpad”.
Big Sur 11.3 allows you to make Safari’s homepage more customizable, and rearrange the various sections (Favorites, Reading List, Siri Suggestions, etc.) to suit your needs. Developers can make enhancements that will take place in the new tab, and they can also take advantage of a new web language API to incorporate speech recognition into their web pages.
In the Reminder app, you can sort your reminders by title, due date, priority, or creation date. And with this update, Apple makes you easy to press Your reminders when a hard copy could come in handy when you walk into the store or do other chores.
Apple Music receives small changes such as a link to your personalized playlists and mixes “Made for You”. Live and upcoming special events are also highlighted on the For You tab. The Apple News app is getting a few design improvements on the Apple News Plus tab to make your magazines and newspapers easier to access (and download).
And like the upcoming iOS 14.5 update, macOS Big Sur 11.3 has support for the latest Xbox and PlayStation DualSense controllers. The same compatibility applies to Apple’s mobile devices as part of iOS 14.5.