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Apple’s macOS 12 Monterey is now available on eligible Mac devices: Everything you need to know about this update

Apple’s macOS 12 Monterey is now available on eligible Mac devices: Everything you need to know about this update
  • macOS 12 Monterey has started rolling out on eligible devices starting October 25.
  • The latest OS brings plenty of new features to Macs and MacBooks.
  • All eligible devices will be able to download the macOS 12 Monterey for free.
Starting on October 25, Apple’s latest operating system for Macs, macOS 12 Monterey, is available for all eligible Mac and MacBook users starting. The latest MacBook Pros that were launched at the company’s October event will come with pre-installed macOS 12 Monterey and offer plenty of fresh changes including redesigned Safari browser and Shortcuts.

The latest OS will be available for a free update to all other eligible Mac and MacBook devices and will bring upgrades to the existing OS and UI. Apple has named the new OS as Monterey because it is located close to Big Sur on the California coastline. Big Sur is the name of Apple’s previous generation macOS.

In this article, we will have a look at all the eligible devices, features and more that you need to know.

Eligible devices

The company has announced that the latest OS will support its broadest lineup of Macs, including iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, as well as its older Macs based on Intel chipset. Here’s a list of devices that will support the latest OS.
  • All iMac that were released in late 2015 and later.
  • All iMac Pro that released in 2017 and later.
  • All MacBook Air that were released in early 2015 and later.
  • All MacBook Pro that were released in early 2015 and later.
  • All Mac Pro that released in late 2013 and later.
  • All Mac mini that released in late 2014 and later.
  • All MacBooks that were released in early 2016 and later.
For all the above compatible devices, the update will be available for free.

Features of macOS 12 Monterey
With the macOS 12 Monterey, Apple is expected to bring tons of new features to all Macs, especially those that are powered by its own M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. The new OS will improve how users connect and bring better sync across Apple’s devices, making it a great update for users having iPad and iPhone.

Here are all the new features that will be available with the latest macOS.

Universal Control
This feature will allow users to use the same input hardware such as mouse or keyboard to be used across Apple’s devices such as Macs and iPad. Users would be able to use Mac’s trackpad to navigate seamlessly on their iPads.

This will not require any setup and users can just drag and drop files across their devices by just aligning them next to each other. However, this interesting feature has not yet been released and would be available with its future updates. Another feature, SharePlay, that allows users to co-watch and listen with friends will also be available in the future update.

Apple is bringing spatial audio support, voice isolation, wide spectrum and background blurring feature to FaceTime. The voice isolation feature can prevent background noise in the audio, while the wide spectrum can be used to hear the chatter during meetings.

The spatial audio will allow users to hear audio of people in 3D and if a person is sitting far away from their system it will make it sound like they are away.

Users will now be able to use AirPlay across devices as they can just play a track or video on their iPhone or iPad and use their Mac or MacBook as speakers or for video output only.

Shortcuts feature that was earlier available only on iOS has now come to Macs with the latest OS. It will allow users to automate everyday tasks, and trigger them via Siri’s voice support.

Safari 15
The Safari 15 browser will be available with a new design as users will see compact tabs, a refined toolbar and they will be able to use tab groups. This will be beneficial for users to use plenty of tabs at one time. Users will be able to save their tabs and access them across their Apple devices and the changes across devices will also be in sync.

The Focus feature will allow users to take a break from their activities. This will turn off notifications depending on the user’s activities and it will display only the important ones.

Once the Focus mode is on, it will be mirrored across all Apple devices. Users can also set their status for other people to know that they would not want to be interrupted.

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