Apple has provided developers with a new beta of macOS Big Sur version 11.1, with the company labeling it the release candidate after only three cycles.
Apple offers downloads of its betas through the Apple Developer Center, for participants in its developer test program, though hardware already running beta software can also receive an over-the-air update. Public beta variants usually arrive a short time after developer versions, and can be accessed through the Apple Beta Software Program website.
This is the third round of betas for this generation of macOS, following the second release on December 3, and the first on November 17.
Neither the first nor second beta of macOS Big Sur 11.1 indicated there would be new features in the release. It is likely that the improvements will center upon performance and bug fixes, especially considering the influx of Mac hardware using the M1 processors.
AppleInsider, and Apple itself, highly recommend users don’t install betas on to “mission-critical” or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. It is instead recommended to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data beforehand.