Apple Unveils macOS Monterey with New Features for the Mac

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During the WWDC Keynote earlier today, Apple unveiled macOS 12 Monterey — the next iteration of the Cupertino, California, based tech giant’s desktop Operating System.

Monterey may not be as big of a design update as its predecessor, but Apple says it will support the broadest selection of Macs in history: from the latest Apple M1-toting Macs to some of the older Intel-based ones. Also, it’s packed with tons of powerful new features:

  • ‘Universal Control’, which lets users seamlessly switch the same mouse and keyboard between their Mac and their iPad, and even lets them drag and drop content between devices — no setup required.
  • Focus mode, which syncs across Apple devices and filters out contextually irrelevant notifications.
  • Refreshed Safari with a new tab design, Tab Groups, aesthetic enhancements, and more.
  • Spatial Audio on FaceTime, along with other audio and video improvements like ‘Voice Isolation’, which enhances your voice and dulls out ambient audio, and Portrait mode on M1-equipped Macs.
  • ‘Shortcuts’ that let users automate various processes across the OS.
  • ‘SharePlay’ which lets users create shared experiences by listening to their favourite music, watching their favourite movies or TV shows, or working on projects with others in real-time while on a FaceTime call with them.
  • ‘AirPlay to Mac’, which lets users AirPlay anything from their iPhone or iPad on their Mac’s gorgeous Retina display. The feature also lets users AirPlay audio on their Mac’s speakers.
  • ‘Quick Note’, available system-wide, and other improvements to ‘Notes’ meant to maximize productivity.
  • An interactive globe and other new features in ‘Maps’.
  • New privacy features, including ‘Mail Privacy Protection’ and an indicator that informs users when their Mac’s microphone is in-use and by which app.

“macOS Monterey is packed with features that help Mac users get more done, connect with friends and family in amazing new ways, and work across Mac and iPad more seamlessly than ever before,” said Apple’s senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi.

Apple has already released the macOS Monterey beta download for registered developers, available here. macOS Monterey will be officially available to the user base sometime this fall.