Apple has started rolling out the new version of its operating system for Mac. Called macOS Monterey, this version brings some new features and reflects the turn taken by Cupertino in recent years.
As you might expect, the end of the year is busy for Apple with the arrival of new Macs. At the end of October, the operating system that drives them is in the spotlight with the deployment of the final version of macOS Monterey. After a few months of access to developers in beta, the eighteenth major version of macOS – which this year celebrates its twentieth anniversary – succeeds macOS Big Sur.
Unveiled during WWDC 2021, the new version of the Mac OS is a continuation of this by not offering many major new features. As we explained last June, this does not mean that this version is devoid of interest. It accompanies MacBook Pro integrating SoC M1 Pro or M1 Max and strengthens its links with other systems of the brand, iOS / iPad OS 15 in mind.
The new version of macOS takes advantage of Safari’s redesigned design. © Apple
What’s New in macOS Monterey: Focus on Productivity
This new version of Apple’s computer system inherits the new audio and video features of FaceTime and the new design of Safari. Cupertino’s web browser promises a “Improved tab management” when the Shortcuts app wants to simplify automation. Always for the sake of productivity, Monterey is inspired by mobile OS with Concentration mode, which filters notifications to help the user stay focused on his tasks. Apple is also making some changes on the side of Mail (privacy protection function), Plans or Notes, with new modes of organization and collaboration.
The Concentration mode of macOS Monterey. © Apple
This version also brings native support for AirPlay to share content between its various devices (iPhone iPad…), as well as Live Text functions and visual search. The first proposes to identify texts in photos (telephone numbers, websites, etc.) and to retrieve them more easily, while the visual search provides information on the content appearing on the photos.
Share Play and Universal Control still have to wait
Two new features are also expected, these are Share Play and Universal Control. These two features were arguably the most salient when it came to macOS Monterey, but they are not always available. The Share Play feature will allow you to share experiences via FaceTime, such as listening to music or watching series, movies or other content with loved ones. The recent health crisis linked to Covid-19 has undoubtedly motivated Apple to mention this novelty which is still awaited ” this autumn “.
The Universal Order feature will be available soon. © Apple
At the same time, users will be able to discover the Universal Control tool that wants to break the border between Mac and iPad. Tim Cook has regularly mentioned his desire to make the two products coexist and Universal Control must give the possibility of switching “In a perfectly fluid way” from computer to tablet, using the same mouse and keyboard. It then becomes possible to perform drag and drop actions between its devices, without any prior configuration. The demonstration during WWDC was particularly impressive. It seems to require some tweaking before it becomes available in the new mac OS.
Which Macs are Compatible?
Whether it is equipped with an Apple Silicon chip (M1, M1 Pro or M1 Max) or an Intel processor, your Mac will be compatible depending on its year of marketing. You can find it out by going to the menu Apple then choosing About this Mac. Here is the list of models compatible with this new version of macOS:
- iMac (late 2015 and newer)
- iMac Pro (2017 and newer)
- MacBook Air (Early 2015 and newer)
- MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and newer)
- Mac Pro (late 2013 and newer)
- Mac mini (late 2014 and newer)
- MacBook (early 2016 and newer)
The macOS Monterey operating system is available as a free software update.