The new update to macOS 11.3 for the Mac operating system macOS Big Sur has been available for a few days. It was only suggested to me yesterday by the Mac itself and appeared as a red pin in the system extensions. Once again I'm a few days “late” in reporting, but I'm happy to write my own experience with the update in the article. I hope you can get over the delay.
Chapter in this post:
macOS 11.3 installation without side effects
I installed the new macOS last night and so far I have not seen any problems worth mentioning. Here are a few things that I noticed during the installation:
- Duration approx. 15 minutes (on my MacBook Pro 13 inch M1)
- Size: 5,71 GB
- instead of restarting, the Mac simply shut down after the update
- my external monitor stays dark until I connect the cable between mine Sonnet Echo 11 Thunderbolt Dock and unplugged and plugged in the Mac
Otherwise everything works as before and shows no strange side effects. If something strange happened to you, I would appreciate your feedback as a comment. This often helps other readers to classify errors on their Mac.
What's new in macOS Big Sur 11.3?
Apple itself provides the following text with the new features for the update:
macOS Big Sur 11.3 11.3 - Restart required
macOS Big Sur 11.3 now includes AirTag support, includes iPhone and iPad app improvements for Mac computers with M1 chips, and supports separate skin colors for emojis that show pairs.
AirTag and app "Where is?"
- AirTag support for private and secure tracking and finding of important objects such as keys, wallet or backpack in the "Where is?" App
- Network for the “Where is?” App with millions of devices to support the search for an AirTag - even if it is not nearby
- In "Lost" mode you will be notified when your AirTag is found and you can enter a phone number where you can be reached
iPhone and iPad apps on Mac computers with the M1 chip
- Option to resize an iPhone and iPad app window
- Support for displaying the highest resolution versions of an iPhone or iPad app in full screen mode
- Keyboard support for iPhone and iPad games designed for use when the device is tilted
- Keyboard, mouse, and trackpad support for iPhone and iPad games that support game controllers
- Support of separate skin colors for individuals in all variations of the emoji "kissing couple" and "couple with a heart"
- New emoji faces, heart emojis and "woman with a beard" emoji
- The automatic playback ensures that a similar song is automatically played at the end of a song or a playlist, so that the music continues to play
- City charts show which titles are currently popular in more than 100 cities around the world
- The pages for the programs in the “Podcasts” app have been redesigned and make listening easier
- For quick access, episodes can be loaded and automatically added to your library and saved
- Download behavior and settings for notifications can be adjusted separately for each podcast
- Charts and popular categories in the search function make it easier to discover new programs
- The order of the sections on the start page can now be adjusted
- Using an additional WebExtensions API, developers can offer extensions that replace the new start page
- Developers can use the Web Speech API to integrate speech recognition into their websites to enable extended subtitles, dictation and voice navigation in real time
- Support for the WebM audio / video format and Vorbis audio format
- Option to sort the "Today" smart list
- Support for synchronizing the order of reminders in lists across all of your devices
- Option to print reminder lists
- Support for Xbox Series X | S wireless controllers or Sony PS5 DualSense ™ wireless controllers
Mac computer with an M1 chip
- Support for hibernation
About this Mac
- If you're signed in with your Apple ID, the About This Mac Service tab shows Apple warranty status and AppleCare + coverage status
- Assistance with purchasing and registering AppleCare + for qualifying Mac computers in About This Mac
This version also fixes the following issues:
- Reminders created with Siri were mistakenly scheduled for the early hours of the morning
- The iCloud Keychain could not be turned off
- The AutoSwitch feature was routing audio from the AirPods to the wrong device
- The notifications for the "Auto switch" function were missing or duplicated on the AirPods
- External 4K monitors connected via USB-C may not be displayed in full resolution
- After restarting a Mac mini (M1, 2020), the login window was not displayed correctly in some cases
- The dwell function did not work on the accessibility keyboard
Some features may not be available in all countries or regions, or on all Apple devices, and require an Apple ID.
You can find detailed information about this update on the following website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896
For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit the following website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
There are also a number of bug fixes and corrections to system functions such as gatekeepers and file quarantine. These errors made it possible, for example, to execute malicious code on the Mac.
Instructions: Install macOS update
Actually, it probably doesn't need any more instructions, as most Mac users already know how it works. For the Mac newbies, I would like to briefly mention it here:
- Call up system settings
- then switch to software update
- the update will probably already be displayed there
- A restart is necessary for the installation, so please save everything before you press the "Install" button
My conclusion on the macOS Big Sur 11.3 update
I would see it as an important update that should be installed, if only because of the security bug fixes. For everyone who already has one Pack AirTags ordered it is a prerequisite to be able to use the Apple trackers on the Mac anyway.
Since nothing failed or showed any problems after the update, I tend to recommend an installation. If something went wrong with you, please leave a comment.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.