macOS Big Sur 11.1: What’s New

macOS Big Sur 11.1 What's New

Alongside the release of iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3, Apple also released the macOS Big Sur 11.1 update for all compatible Macs. This is a relatively big update and the first major point release of macOS Big Sur since its release.

The current build of macOS Big Sur has a number of issues and bugs on Intel-based Macs which the Big Sur 11.1 update should fix. Apart from fixing bugs, the latest point release of macOS Big Sur also adds support for AirPods Max and revamps the Apple TV+ tab to make watching original content and shows easier. Other changes include an Apple News widget, ProRAW image support, and more.

macOS Big Sur 11.1: What’s New

You can find everything that’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.1 and Apple’s official release notes for the update below.

macOS Big Sur 11.1 introduces support for AirPods Max, TV app enhancements, Apple News widgets, and privacy information on the App Store. This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac.

AirPods Max

* Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
* High fidelity audio for rich sound
* Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real time to the personal fit of ear cushions
* Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
* Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
* Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theater-like listening experience

Apple TV

* An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
* Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
* Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports

Apple News

* Apple News widgets are now available in Notification Center

App Store

* New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices
* In-game dashboard within Arcade games recommends new Arcade games to play

iPhone and iPad apps on Macs with M1

* New window options for iPhone and iPad apps let you switch between landscape and portrait orientations or expand a window to fill the entire screen


* Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app


* Ecosia search engine option in Safari

Air Quality

* Available in Maps and Siri for locations in China mainland
* Health recommendations are provided in Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Mexico at certain air quality levels

This release also addresses the following issues:

* QuickTime Player might quit when opening a movie with a timecode track after upgrading from macOS Catalina
* Bluetooth connection status was not displayed in Control Center
* Reliability of unlocking your Mac automatically with your Apple Watch
* Trackpad scrolling speed may be faster than expected on MacBook Pro models
* LG UltraFine 5K Display may incorrectly display at 4K resolution on Macs with M1

If you have discovered any other changes or improvements in macOS Big Sur 11.1 that’s not mentioned above, do drop a comment and let our readers know about it!