macOS 11.3 includes a major security patch

Apple has released macOS 11.3, a new update that comes with a large list of changes, including improving the performance of iPhone and iPad applications through Mac models equipped with the M1 chip. 

According to Apple, Macs that include the company's M1 chip now feature the option to resize the iPhone and iPad app window. There is also support for displaying the highest-resolution version of the iPhone and iPad app in full-screen mode, and speaking of the M1 chip, macOS 11.3 also offers support for hibernation.

Meanwhile, Podcasts and News have pages redesigned to make them easier to use, with Podcasts getting a rewritten search feature. Apple has also added autoplay to the Apple Music app, and after it reaches the end of a song or playlist, Apple Music continues to play the music it thinks is similar.

Similar to iOS 14.5, Apple has also introduced more various audio options for its Siri voice assistant. Apple also added a new option to print your reminder lists in macOS 11.3. There is also support for several new emojis, along with changes to the Find My app that showcases AirTag. In addition to many new features, Apple is making some important fixes in macOS 11.3.

The company said it fixed an issue where AirPods audio was routed to the wrong device using an auto switch. Also, an issue has been fixed where external 4K displays may not display in full HD when connected via USB-C. 

Regardless of these changes, the macOS 11.3 update fixes a major security flaw that allowed malware to bypass many of macOS's built-in protections, such as File Quarantine and the opening GateKeeper dialog.

While the built-in anti-malware system can still block malware if Apple was aware of it, enterprise software company Jamf found evidence that the vulnerability was being exploited by attackers. Apple details a large number of other security fixes included with the latest update on its security update page.

Apple spent years boosting macOS with new security features to make malware penetration more difficult, but malware had been exploiting this vulnerability for several months before it was patched this week.

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