MacOS Big Sur Beta 3 Download Available Now

Jul 22, 2020 - 4 Comments

MacOS Big Sur download now available

Apple has released macOS Big Sur beta 3 to Mac users who are enrolled in the Big Sur beta testing program. Typically a developer beta version rolls out first, soon followed by a public beta, and though the Big Sur public beta program hasn’t started yet it is expected to in the near future.

Additionally, Apple also released iOS 14 beta 3 and iPadOS 14 beta 3 for users who are beta testing software on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, along with new beta updates for watchOS 7 and tvOS 14.

MacOS Big Sur includes a redesigned user interface, Control Center for Mac, instant language translation in Safari, new Messages app features and capabilities, and many other new features and changes.

How to Download MacOS Big Sur Beta 3

Mac users who are currently in the beta program can find macOS Big Sur beta 3 available to download now from the Software Update mechanism. As usual, backup the Mac before installing any software update.

  1. From the  Apple menu, select “System Preferences” and then choose the “Software Update” control panel
  2. Select to update macOS Big Sur beta 3

Installing the latest beta update will require the Mac to reboot.

While macOS Big Sur is currently limited to developer beta, a public beta is expected to be released soon. Technically, anyone can install macOS Big Sur on a compatible Mac, but due to the nature of beta system software it’s really only appropriate for advanced users and for secondary hardware.

MacOS Big Sur is scheduled to be released to the public this fall, alongside iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, and tvOS 14.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, News

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  1. Al says:

    This is iOS not macOS.

    • Paul says:

      No, macOS Big Sur is macOS. iOS is iOS.

      MacOS Big Sur can run some iOS and iPadOS apps however, as Apple appears interested in merging the app ecosystems between the platforms.

  2. rehmat says:

    How can I download its DMG file

  3. JohnIL says:

    It’s going to be interesting to see how well Apple transitions the Mac lineup to their ARM based CPU’s. Rosetta 2 like Rosetta with the transition from Power PC to Intel will be a big part of making this go smoothly. Will have to wait until we start seeing new Mac’s with Apple silicon come to market to find out.

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