Along with releasing the latest updates for iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7, Apple has also released the next major update to macOS 11 and tvOS 14.
The first developer beta of macOS Big Sur 11.4 includes new graphics drivers that permit Intel-based Macs to connect to some GPUs from AMD based on the Navi RDNA2 architecture.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 allows gamers who run iPhone and iPad titles on their Apple silicon Macs to use a keyboard or a keyboard and mouse combination as an iOS game controller.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS:Use Mac controls in touch-based iOS games. Map controller actions to keyboard keys. Map these to mouse buttons, too. No controller required at all! Emulating iOS game controllers on M1 Macs
MacRumors has more on how that works:
When running an iPhone or iPad app, opening up the preferences brings up a Touch Alternatives and Game Control interface that can be used to make touch-based iPhone and iPad apps run better with Mac controls.
With Controller Emulation toggled on, common game controller buttons are mapped to keyboard keys and mouse buttons. X, for example, is mapped to Q, the direction stick is mapped to WASD, and Y is mapped to E. L1 and L2 can be accessed by pressing Tab and Shift, respectively, and the Space Bar is the A button.
This new feature in macOS Big Sur 11.3 should make playing touch-optimized iPhone and iPad games on Apple silicon Macs much easier than before without having to use a game controller at all. If an iOS/iPadOS game doesn't support game controllers, this feature won't work.
→ How to use Sony and Microsoft game controllers with Apple devices
macOS Big Sur 11.3 lets you resize iPhone and iPad windows and provides the aforementioned Touch Alternatives feature for mapping taps, swipes, drags and tilts in iOS titles to keyboard keys (Controller Emulation and Touch Alternatives cannot be used simultaneously).
The update also adds support for the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox One X controllers.
macOS Big Sur 11.3 includes all-new gaming layouts with a dedicated interface for mapping buttons on the paired controller to custom keyboard and mouse combinations.
Apple's Safari browser is getting official support for the efficient albeit niche WebM video codec on the Mac via an upcoming update to the macOS operating system.
With the macOS 11.3 Big Sur software update or later, Apple customers can browse useful information related to their computer's 1-year standard warranty, or any extended AppleCare+ coverage, without having to use the Apple Support website or a dedicated Support app on iOS.
If you’ve recently updated your Mac to macOS Big Sur, you may have noticed an issue with your contacts. Have all of your Contacts suddenly been duplicated since the upgrade? If so, you’re not alone.
You can certainly go through the process of removing the duplicates, as some have suggested in the Apple Community forum. But there is another suggestion, used by our own Sebastien Page, that is the quickest and easiest way to go.
Basically, you’ll restore your Contacts to the last backup in iCloud, here’s how.
Mac customers have been painfully aware that the Bluetooth protocol is a bag of hurt. Various unreliability issues that have been plaguing owners of the new M1 Mac computers only exacerbate the underlying problem. But Apple may be fixing unreliable Bluetooth connections on Apple silicon Macs with the upcoming release of the macOS Big Sur 11.2 software update.
It's been awhile since Apple launched macOS 11 Big Sur to the public. Now, the company has released the design kit for its latest desktop operating system, albeit with limited support.
A weird issue in macOS' Fast User Switching feature is causing an unknown number of Apple silicon Mac computers to spontaneously display the screen saver and log out the user. The unusual software bug leaves the user unable to dismiss the screen saver, forcing them to restart their computer in order to regain control of their desktop workspace.
Is one of the supported resolutions unavailable on an ultrawide or super-ultrawide external display connected to your M1 Mac? If so, Apple wants you to know that not only is it aware of the issue but is also working on a fix for an upcoming macOS release as we speak.
As of macOS 10.15.5 Catalina, your Mac notebook analyzes your daily charging routine and activates charging only when the operating system predicts the computer will be connected to a charger for an extended period of time. They're calling this Optimized Battery Charging and it boils down to ensuring your Mac is still fully charged when unplugged.