macOS Monterey (version 12.) is the 19th and most recent major version of macOS, Apple's desktop operating system compatible with Macintosh computers. It is the version that succeeds macOS Big Sur.
Apple recently launched macOS Monterey, the latest version of its laptop and desktop operating system. It is available as a free download for all Mac supported, including just about every Mac purchased in the past few years. This comes on top of about four months of Monterey being made available in open beta, and it comes earlier than many of us would have.
There's plenty to love in the new version of macOS; however, it doesn't mean that you have to hurry to install it though. Monterey is a stable upgrade that is secure and adds ease of use and sharing capabilities that nearly all Mac users will need to cut to the point. If Mac supports Monterey, and you're running an older version that supports it, your System Preferences app will prompt you to upgrade to the latest version.
macOS Monterey: What's new
In the past few times, Apple has continued to introduce mobile applications and desktop-based processes. With Monterey, the blurring of distinctions between iPad and Mac continues. The new features included in Monterey are Focus, Live Text, and iCloud+, which also came out this year for the iPad. Also, there are Shortcuts, which was released on iPhone and iPad in the past few years. Add new updates for FaceTime, Messages Notes, and FaceTime, and you'll find plenty to discover and absorb.
macOS Monterey: The first things to be done
At first glance, Monterey doesn't look that significantly unlike Big Sur because of the design. Yet, there are new features that are worth a look at, including Focus. If you're already using iPhone as well as iOS 15, you might have already enabled this feature. If not, start now.
In the meantime, look into the latest Updates to Messages and have an in-depth look at Notes and Quick Notes. They are, indeed, different things. Don't forget to end your initial Monterey excursion by looking into iCloud+ as well as its latest features, assuming that you're an iCloud customer.
Apple macOS Monterey Great Features:
FaceTime upgrades: SharePlay, spatial audio, and more
Universal Control across devices with a single mouse or trackpad
Live Text and Visual Lookup
Shortcuts for the Mac
TestFlight for the Mac
Provisions to allow the planned introduction of Universal Control, which allows a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple Macs and iPads. It works on Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip and some with an Intel processor, including MacBook Pro (2016 and later), MacBook (2016 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2017 and later), iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, Late 2015), iMac Pro, Mac mini (2018 and later), and Mac Pro (2019). It works on these iPads: iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later).
Live Text allows a user to copy, paste, translate, and lookup text from images displayed by Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari.
Low Power Mode for Mac. This works on MacBook (Early 2016 and later) and MacBook Pro (Early 2016 and later).
A redesigned Safari browser.
Support for playing AirPlay content streamed from recent iOS and iPadOS devices and Macs, including MacBook Pro (2018 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2019 and later), iMac Pro (2017), Mac mini (2020 and later), Mac Pro (2019), iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (2nd generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later). Older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models may share content at a lower resolution to supported Mac models when "Allow AirPlay for" is set to "Everyone" or "Anyone on the same network" in Sharing preferences.
Improvements to FaceTime include sharing a screen and the SharePlay function that enables multiple users to watch or listen simultaneously and in sync (e.g., to music or TV shows).
The ability to factory-reset the device from the System Preferences app
Focus on setting different modes to filter notifications across iPhone, iPad, and Macs.
The Time Machine backup functionality excludes more system files.
Provisions to allow the planned introduction of "Expanded Protections for Children," which will apply cryptography to detect and help limit the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online by scanning the user's iCloud photos and Messages attachments.
An accessibility option to change the mouse pointer's colors.
The removal of a previously bundled PHP interpreter.
The removal of the ability to use custom Quartz Composer filters and plugins in Photo Booth.
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