Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming MacOS Big Sur 11.5 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta coming two weeks after the release of the first MacOS Big Sur 11.5 beta.

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Developers can download the ‌‌‌‌‌macOS Big Sur‌‌‌‌‌ 11.5 beta using the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the proper profile from the Apple Developer Center.

‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.5 may be a more minor update focusing on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes for issues that weren’t able to be addressed in the ‌macOS Big Sur‌ 11.4 update. No new features were found in the first beta.

If you’re enrolled in the developer or public beta program, the OTA for the second macOS 11.5 beta should be showing up soon if it’s not already. You can also download the beta from Apple’s Developer website.

There wasn’t much new discovered in the first macOS 11.5 beta but we did spot a new HomePod timer feature that will work with the Home app and may arrive on Mac as well as iOS.

  • iOS 14.7 beta lets you set timers on HomePod using the Home app

Four days after the first 11.5 beta arrived, Apple released macOS 11.4 to the public with a zero-day security fix, expanded GPU support and more.

macOS 11.5 beta 2 comes with build number 20G5033c.

Apple also released the second betas for iOS 14.7 and more today:

  • iOS 14.7 beta 2 (18G5033e)
  • iPadOS 14.7 beta 2 (18G5033e)
  • watchOS 7.6 beta 2 (18U5533b)
  • tvOS 14.7 beta 2 (18M5533c)
  • macOS Big Sur 11.5 beta 2 (20G5033c)

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