Apple releases macOS 11 Big Sur beta 4 to developers

Apple’s main goal for the release of macOS Big Sur beta 4 is to test the compatibility of the system with Apple Silicon along with Intel processors.

Today, Apple seeded the fourth beta of the upcoming macOS Big Sur update to all developers. The first release is mainly for testing purposes and comes two weeks after the release of the third beta and over a month after the new update was unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Apple macOS 11 Big Sur beta 4 for developers

The testing process for macOS 11 Big Sur extends today with the release of developer beta 4. The update that was recently released will bring additional tweaks and improvements to the macOS Big Sur beta.

The new features are coming to all Mac users this fall once they have downloaded and installed the operating system on their Apple devices. According to 9to5Mac, macOS 11 Big Sur Beta 4 will be released to developers, with public beta still ‘coming soon.’

The macOS Big Sur introduces a refreshed design to Mac users, improving the entire look from the shape of the window corners to the dock icons. Everything feels new but still pleasing to see and with a lighter and more modern appearance.

Apple releases macOS 11 Big Sur beta 4 to developers

The fourth beta will give Apple Mac devices a new customizable Control Center that mirrors the Control Center on iOS devices. Messages are more similar to the Messages app on iOS with support for pinned conversations.

How to get the update

If you are a developer, surely, you’ll get a notification for this news update. However, if you still don’t have an idea of how you can get the macOS Big Sur beta 4, here’s what you should do.

Developers can update by heading to the System Preferences application and then find the Software Update option on the list. If you don’t immediately see macOS Big Sur beta 4 available for download, keep checking as the update is still rolling out and could take a while to hit your Mac.

Apple released the macOS 11 Big Sur beta 3 to developers two weeks ago. The update brings a new battery icon to System Preferences, a unique screenshot of sound effects, and a lot more good stuff.

As of now, there is no exact date as to where macOS 11 Big Sur will be available to the public, but it should be released sometime soon. Apple had initially said the public beta would be released sometime in July. However, that ultimately never happened, maybe because of the worldwide health pandemic.

Apple’s other operating system updates, such as iOS 14 and tvOS 14 were released to public beta users last month in July. Nevertheless, there is no sign of either the macOS 11 Big Sur or watchOS 7 public betas yet.

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