Unveiled in June 2021 at WWDC, Apple’s macOS 12 Monterey is an upcoming version of macOS that builds on the same robust foundation as macOS Big Sur. All-new macOS Monterey offers distinct experiences specifically designed for the capabilities of Mac, and it is set to release in the fall. Here you can check out macOS Monterey: Key Features that you should know.
While the official release dates are not yet revealed, Apple has made macOS 12 beta available for its public beta testing group. The public beta version is available to anyone with a compatible Mac and you can also upgrade to macOS Monterey (https://setapp.com/how-to/upgrade-to-macos-monterey) for a guide on installing the beta software.
If you aren’t aware of which models are supported then do not worry. Check out this full article to know more. However, before downloading the update, it’s worth mentioning that beta versions are never perfect.
The beta software might be fraught with several issues like stability, crashes, bugs, etc; which may pop up and prevent your apps or software from working correctly.
Note: It’s always a good idea to install Monterey beta on a secondary machine or backup your important data to avoid any data loss.
Now, without wasting any more time, let’s get into it.
With Monterey, the iOS Shortcuts application expands to the Mac. So, all of your iPhone shortcuts will be readily available on the Mac.
What’s more? Apple has designed a gallery filled with pre-built shortcut options, and the app is integrated throughout macOS for running shortcuts from Siri, Spotlight, Finder, the menu bar, and so on.
2. Redesigned Safari
Safari is one of the most secured web browsers in the industry, and with Monterey, it is getting some facelift. Apple is giving Safari a visual makeover and bringing a new tab design that allows users to see more of the page as they scroll.
There’s also an updated tab bar that blends into the background and Tab Groups for organizing and grouping tabs together to make it easier to switch between different tasks without losing the open tabs.
Tab Groups sync across iPad, iPhone, and Mac so that users can continue with their projects from anywhere.
Universal Control is perhaps one of the most exciting and most significant updates. It allows a single trackpad, mouse, and keyboard across multiple Macs and other Apple devices.
You can move content between devices quickly without the need for any setup.
4. Improvements to FaceTime
The new macOS supports spatial audio, making the user’s voice come off more natural than ever before on video group chats or conference calls. It’s enabled by the new microphone mode, which separates the user’s voice from the background noise.
FaceTime users can also create schedules and send Facetime-invite links to other Macs, iPad & iPhone, along with Windows and Android devices. Moreover, FaceTime gets a new SharePlay feature, allowing users on video calls to share songs or watch a movie together.
You can even share a screen to view apps together. Thanks to the shared playback controls, anyone can pause, play or jump ahead. That’s not all because FaceTime also gets a new voice isolation mode that spotlights the user’s voice using machine learning, and it identifies ambient noises and blocks them out.
So, your dog barking in the next room or a construction site in full swing will not hamper your voice call.
5. Focus Mode
Focus Mode is specifically designed to help Mac users stay on track and finish tasks without distractions. Focus comes with various modes like Personal Life, Work, Sleeping, Driving, etc.
There are also customizable options, and you can set the mode according to your requirements. Focus Mode filters out notifications that are not related to your current activity. It also lets people know that you are unavailable at the moment.
You can set pre-written messages to send to your friends or family according to the mode set on your device. Focus set on one device syncs with other Apple devices.
6. Live Text
Live Text is a feature that uses on-device machine learning to detect text in pictures, including websites, phone numbers, tracking numbers, addresses, etc.
It makes it easier for users to copy and paste, open a website, make a phone call and find other information without hassle.
With the new Monterey, Apple brings Mail Privacy Protection that lets users decide whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity.
Mac is also getting the recording indicator, which shows if an app is accessing the microphone and recording audio. You’ll notice an orange dot if any app or website is trying to record audio.
Quick Note allows Mac users to jot down notes on any website or app without closing the website or app. It vows to make it easier to capture ideas and thoughts, no matter when inspiration strikes.
You can even add links from an application to your Quick Note to create context, whether an address in Maps or a website in Safari. When working with colleagues on a project using Notes, you can add mentions and see everyone’s edits in the Activity View.
macOS Monterey Compatibility
MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
MacBook (early 2016 and later)
Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
iMac Pro (2017 and later)
iMac (late 2015 and later)
So, are you excited about macOS 12? macOS Monterey will be released officially for the public later 2021 and the software update will be available for free to all eligible devices.
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