Apple announced on Monday that macOS Monterey will be available as its latest operating system for Mac computers on October 25. The new macOS was introduced in June at WWDC 2021 and was designed to be a successor to the macOS Big Sur launched last year. macOS Monterey 12 comes with a list of changes to deliver a more fluid experience when using multiple Apple devices. It also includes features including SharePlay and Focus which are also available on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. In addition, the macOS update brings Universal Control and AirPlay to the Mac to promote Apple’s continuity and give people a more unified experience across Apple devices.
macOS Monterey Features
Unlike macOS Big Sur, which brought a significant interface-level upgrade to the Mac world, macOS Monterey is more about enhancing the user experience with a behind-the-scenes list. It brings Universal Control to let users multitasking seamlessly between Mac and iPad using a single mouse and keyboard. The Universal Control feature also allows users to work with the Apple Pencil. It helps bring drawing and sketching done on your iPad directly to Keynote Slides on your Mac.
Apple has also made AirPlay available to Macs via macOS Monterey. It enables users to play, present and share content from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac – wirelessly. You can also use your Mac’s sound system as an AirPlay speaker using Update.
For an enhanced productivity experience, macOS Monterey brings Quick Notes. It lets you jot down important notes while browsing the website or using the app. The new macOS release also comes with Shortcuts that was launched on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 last year. It helps to automate tasks on Mac. Apple has also provided a dedicated shortcut editor for Mac so that users can customize shortcuts based on their needs.
The macOS Monterey update also brings a new Safari browser that comes with a new tab design. It also includes tab groups for saving and managing multiple tabs under the same heading. Additionally, there’s an updated FaceTime with spatial audio support and a new grid view.
Apple has provided its SharePlay integration within macOS Monterey so that users can share their movies, TV shows and projects with friends and family over FaceTime calls.
For users who have an iCloud subscription, macOS Monterey brings iCloud+ access with features like Hide My Email and iCloud Private Relay. There is also support for spatial audio which is limited to newer Mac machines and can be experienced on AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.
How to Download MacOS Monterey
macOS Monterey will be available for download on Mac devices including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Mini that are currently running macOS Big Sur. The new macOS version will automatically reach eligible Mac devices when it is released on October 25. However, you can check for updates manually system Preferences > software update After that click on the Apple menu icon from the top-left corner of your computer’s screen. You will also optionally receive updates by visiting About Mac Settings from the Apple menu.
The macOS Monterey release will come pre-installed on the new MacBook Pro (2021) model, which Apple launched at its ‘Unleashed’ event on Monday.