May 9, 2022
May 7, 2022
25 October 2021
macOS Monterey is now available
macOS Monterey offers revolutionary new features that help people connect in new ways, accomplish more, and work seamlessly across their Apple devices. FaceTime includes new audio and video features that make calls more natural and realistic, and new continuity tools like AirPlay to Mac make Apple devices work better together. Live text and visual search bring new intelligence features to bring up useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organization with tab groups, and the ease of automation comes on Mac with shortcuts. Coming later this fall, SharePlay will allow Mac users to share experiences together via FaceTime, and Universal Control will make it easy for users to work on their Macs and iPads. macOS Monterey is available today as a free software update on Macs with Apple silicon and Intel-based Macs.1
New ways to stay connected with FaceTime
FaceTime calls feel more natural and realistic, and SharePlay offers a new way for users to connect and spend time with friends and family. With spatial audio, the voices in a FaceTime call sound as if they are coming from where the person is positioned on the screen. Two new microphone modes give users more control over the sound of their voice: voice isolation eliminates background noise to ensure the user’s voice is crystal clear, and the wide spectrum allows all noise to be heard. enter so that participants can hear everything. Portrait mode, a new feature of FaceTime and available in apps like Webex and Zoom, uses the M1 chip’s neural engine to keep the user in focus while blurring the background,2 and a new grid view shows the participants of a group FaceTime call in tiles of the same size.
SharePlay is a powerful set of features that will allow users to share experiences during a FaceTime call. Users can enjoy their favorite music, TV shows, movies, and more with friends and family in real time, and shared playback controls allow anyone in a SharePlay session to play, to pause or go forward. They can also share their entire screen or just a specific app, making it easy to collaborate with friends or colleagues on a call. SharePlay will work with apps like Apple Music and Apple TV +, as well as popular third-party services.
Work on Apple Devices with Universal Control and AirPlay on Mac
With Universal Control, users will be able to work with a single mouse and keyboard and move seamlessly between Mac and iPad. Users can place devices next to each other and instantly move the cursor from device to device – no setup required. They can use their Mac keyboard to type text on any device, or easily drag and drop content between devices. Users can even draw with Apple Pencil on iPad and place their illustrations directly into apps on their Macs, taking advantage of the powerful capabilities of all their devices at once. With AirPlay to Mac, it’s easy to play, present, and share just about anything from iPhone or iPad to Mac. Use AirPlay to share the latest movies and games, photos and presentations right on the beautiful Mac Retina display or to listen to music from across the room on your Mac’s high-fidelity audio system.
Live text and visual search
Live Text detects text in photos including phone numbers, websites, addresses, etc., so users can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website, and easily search for more. information. Visual Look Up helps users discover and learn about animals, art, monuments, plants and more in photos. Both Live Text and Visual Look Up run on macOS and take advantage of powerful machine learning on the device, so user data remains private.
Focus helps users stay focused on their task and reduce distractions
Focus filters notifications from apps and people based on what the user wants to focus on at that time. When a user has set Focus on their Mac, it is automatically set on their other Apple devices. When using Focus, a status is automatically displayed in messages and supported communication apps, like Slack, so others know they’re not interrupted when users are finishing a project or going on vacation.
More ways to organize and collaborate with Notes
With Notes in Monterey, users have new ways to collaborate, stay organized, and create notes from anywhere. Quick Note gives users the ability to take notes in any app, so it’s easy to capture thoughts and ideas at any time. Users can also add app links to a quick note, which is great for when they need to remember a website in Safari or quickly find a location in Maps. New collaboration tools allow users to add mentions, as well as view updates to a shared note with the new Activity view. In Monterey, it’s easy to get organized with Tags – a faster way to categorize notes and make them easy to find with the new Tag Browser.
Improved tab Safari experience
Safari gives users more control over how they browse the web, including a new Tab Groups feature that allows users to easily save and organize tabs – great for planning trips, searching for projects and store tabs that users visit regularly. Tab groups sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so users can continue with their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with friends and family. Safari features new ways to experience the web, including an optional new compact tab bar design that gives users more space to navigate, integration with Shared with You so users can easily access links sent to from Messages, and Quick Note support makes it easy to keep track of information discovered on websites. Safari also gives users more privacy protections, with Intelligent Tracking Prevention now preventing trackers from profiling users with their IP addresses.
Shortcuts provide seamless automation on Mac
Shortcuts on Mac help users achieve maximum productivity with the apps they use the most. With a rich gallery of predefined shortcuts, it’s easy for users to automate daily tasks, like instantly opening their frequently used apps to start their workday, or adding a reminder to their grocery list for when they arrive on. the Marketplace, directly from their Mac. And the Shortcut Editor allows users to customize shortcuts to match their workflows. With the shortcuts built into macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and Siri, it’s easy to run shortcuts anytime. Users can also import existing Automator workflows into shortcuts and get up and running instantly.
- Shared with you makes it easy to enjoy content shared through Messages directly into Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app. Users can easily find shared content, see who recommended it, and reply online to the original feed to which it was shared.
- Plans delivers a whole new immersive experience with extraordinary detail for roads, neighborhoods, trees, buildings and more, all brought to life right on the stunning Mac screen.3
- iCloud + combines everything users love about iCloud 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 cost additional. All iCloud + plans can be shared with people in the same Family Sharing group, so everyone can enjoy the new features, storage, and improved experience that come with the service. Current iCloud storage subscribers will automatically upgrade to iCloud + at no additional cost.4
- Spatial sound arrives on Macs with the M1 chip, delivering a cinema experience with AirPods (3rd generation), AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. And with dynamic head tracking, audio stays fixed on the Mac even when the user moves their head.
- Mail privacy protection Prevents senders from knowing if an email has been opened and hides IP addresses so senders can’t know a user’s location or use it to create a profile on them.
- New accessibility features allow anyone to add alternate image descriptions directly from markup, and improved full keyboard access and new cursor customization options provide more flexibility when browsing on Mac.
macOS Monterey is available today as a free software update. For more information, including compatible Mac models, visit apple.com/macos/monterey.
- For compatibility with macOS Monterey, visit apple.com/macos/monterey.
- Portrait mode requires a Mac with Apple silicon.
- The enhanced card is available in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, with more to come. Some features require a Mac with Apple silicon.
- ICloud + plans: 50 GB with a HomeKit secure video camera ($ 0.99 per month), 200 GB with up to five HomeKit secure video cameras ($ 2.99 per month), and 2 TB with an unlimited number of secure video cameras HomeKit ($ 9.99 per month). HomeKit Secure Video requires a supported iCloud plan, HomeKit and HomePod compatible security camera, Apple TV or iPad functioning as a home hub. iCloud Private Relay will initially be released as a public beta.
Apple Media Support Line