Apple seeds macOS 11.3 beta 8 as public release looms

Apple has released macOS 11.3 beta 8 today. The software features new sorting options in Reminders, expanded support for Xbox/PlayStation controllers, autoplay in Apple Music, mentions of the first Apple Silicon Macs, and more.

Update: Now rolling out to public beta users as well.

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macOS 11.3 beta 8 is available now and the OTA should be showing up in System Preferences > Software Update if you’re enrolled in the developer beta program (keep checking back if you don’t see it yet). You can also download it manually on Apple’s Developer site.

Apple also released iOS 14.5 beta 8 today along with officially announcing its “Spring Loaded” event for April 20 where the company could announce the public launch of its latest software.

macOS Big Sur 11.3 includes new sorting options in Reminders, the ability to set audio output to Stereo HomePods as default, and support for the latest Xbox/PlayStation controllers.

There is also a new warranty feature under the About This Mac section, a new Autoplay feature in Apple Music that previously debuted in iOS 14, and some tweaks to the Touch Alternatives menu.

Ahead of them being officially announced, 9to5Mac discovered references to the upcoming Apple Silicon iMacs in the macOS 11.3 beta 5. 

We’ll be looking out for any changes or new features that might come with the latest build. Spot anything? Share in the comments or on Twitter @9to5Mac.

Check out what’s new in the macOS 11.3 betas in our video coverage:

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