Apple has released the macOS Monterey, its upgrade from macOS BigSur.
macOS Monterey features upgrades and enhancements across Apple applications. For instance, FaceTime includes new audio and video features that make calls feel more natural and lifelike, and new Continuity tools like AirPlay to Mac enable Apple devices to work even better together. Users can place devices next to each other and instantly move the cursor from one device to the other — no setup required.
Live Text and Visual Lookup bring new intelligence features to surface useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organisation with Tab Groups, and the ease of automation comes to the Mac with Shortcuts. Safari also offers users more privacy protections, with Intelligent Tracking Prevention now preventing trackers from profiling users with their IP addresses.
Coming later, SharePlay will enable Mac users to have shared experiences together through FaceTime, and Universal Control will make it easy for users to work effortlessly across their Mac and iPad. macOS Monterey is available today as a free software update on Macs with Apple silicon and Intel-based Macs.
Other additional features include –
Shared with You makes it easy to enjoy content shared through Messages right in Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app. Users can easily find shared content, see who recommended it, and reply inline on the original thread it was shared.
Maps offers an all-new immersive experience with extraordinary detail for roads, neighbourhoods, trees, buildings, and more.
iCloud+ comes with new premium features, including Hide My Email, expanded HomeKit Secure Video support, and an innovative new internet privacy service, iCloud Private Relay, at no additional cost. All iCloud+ plans can be shared with people in the same Family Sharing group, so everyone can enjoy the new features, storage, and elevated experience that comes with the service. Current iCloud storage subscribers will be upgraded to iCloud+ automatically at no additional cost.
Spatial audio comes to Macs with the M1 chip, delivering a theatre-like experience with AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. And with dynamic head tracking, sound stays fixed to the Mac even as the user moves their head.
Mail Privacy Protection prevents senders from learning whether an email has been opened, and hides IP addresses so senders can’t learn a user’s location or use it to build a profile on them.
New accessibility features let anyone add alternative image descriptions right from Markup, and improved Full Keyboard Access and new cursor customisation options provide more flexibility when navigating Mac.