October 25, 2021
macOS Monterey is now available
macOS Monterey offers innovative new features that help users connect in new ways, achieve more, and work seamlessly on their Apple devices. FaceTime includes new audio and video features that make calls seem more natural and realistic, and new Continuity tools like AirPlay on the Mac allow Apple devices to work even better together. Live Text and Visual Search bring new intelligence features to bring useful information to the surface, Safari includes powerful tab organization with tab groups, and easy automation comes to Macs with shortcuts. Later this fall, SharePlay will allow Mac users to share experiences together through FaceTime, and Universal Control will make users work effortlessly on Mac and iPad. macOS Monterey is available today as a free software update on Apple Silicon Macs and Intel-based Macs.1
New ways to stay connected with FaceTime
FaceTime calls sound more natural and real, and SharePlay gives users a new way to connect and enjoy time with friends and family. With spatial sound, the voices in a FaceTime call sound as if they come from where the person is positioned on the screen. Two new microphone modes give users more control over how their voice sounds: Voice isolation eliminates background noise to ensure that the user’s voice is clear, and the broad spectrum allows all noise to enter so participants can hear everything . Portrait mode, a new feature in FaceTime and available in applications, including 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 participants in a group FaceTime call in plates of the same size.
SharePlay is a powerful feature set that will allow users to have shared experiences on a FaceTime call. Users can experience 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, pause, or fast forward. They can also share their entire screen or just a specific application, making it easier to collaborate with friends or colleagues on a call. SharePlay will work with applications such as 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 will be able to move smoothly between Mac and iPad. Users can place devices side by side and instantly move the cursor from one device to another – no configuration required. They can use their Mac keyboard to enter text on any device, or they can easily drag and drop content back and forth between devices. Users can even draw with the Apple Pencil on the iPad and place their illustrations directly in applications on the Mac, enjoying the powerful capabilities of all their devices simultaneously. With AirPlay on a Mac, it’s easy to play, present, and share almost anything, from iPhone or iPad to a Mac. Use AirPlay to share the latest movies and games, photos, and presentations directly on your Mac’s stunning Retina display, or to play music from across the room to your Mac’s high-fidelity sound system.
Live text and visual search
Live Text detects text in photos, including phone numbers, websites, addresses, and more, 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, landmarks, 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 users’ data is kept private.
Focus helps users stay on top of tasks 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 sets Focus on a Mac, it automatically sets itself to other Apple devices. While using Focus, a status is automatically displayed in Messages and supported communication applications, such as Slack, so that others know not to interrupt when users complete a project or are 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 write notes in any application, so it’s easy to capture thoughts and ideas at any time. Users can also add in-app links to a quick, great note when they need to remember a website in Safari or quickly find a location in Maps. The new collaboration tools allow users to add mentions as well as see updates to a shared note with the new Activity view. In Monterey, it’s easy to organize with Tags – a faster way to classify 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, researching projects, and storing tabs that users visit in on a regular basis. Tab groups sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad so users can continue their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with friends and family. Safari comes with new ways to experience the web, including a new optional compact tabbed bar design that gives users more space to navigate, integration with Shared with You, so users can easily access links sent from Messages, and support for Quick Note makes it easy to keep track of information found on websites. Safari also offers users more privacy protections, and Intelligent Tracking Prevention now prevents trackers from profiling users with their IP address.
Shortcuts provide seamless automation on your Mac
Mac shortcuts help users achieve maximum productivity with the applications they use the most. With a rich gallery of predefined shortcuts, it’s easy for users to automate everyday tasks, such as instantly opening frequently used apps to start their workday, or adding a reminder to their shopping list when they arrive. market, right from the Mac. And the shortcut editor allows users to customize shortcuts to suit their workflows. With the built-in shortcuts in macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and Siri, it’s easy to run shortcuts at any time. Users can also import existing Automator workflows into Shortcuts and can be up and running instantly.
- Shared with you helps you enjoy content shared through Messages right in Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app. Users can easily find the shared content, see who recommended it, and respond directly to the original thread to which it was distributed.
- paper offers a completely new captivating experience, with great details 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, extended support for HomeKit Secure Video, and an innovative new privacy service on the Internet, iCloud Private Relay, at no extra cost. All iCloud + plans can be shared with people in the same Family Sharing group, so everyone can enjoy the new features, storage, and enhanced experience that comes with the service. Current iCloud storage subscribers will be automatically upgraded to iCloud + at no additional cost.4
- Spatial audio comes on Macs with the M1 chip, offering a theater-like experience with AirPods (third generation), AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. And with dynamic head tracking, the sound stays fixed on the Mac even when the user moves their head.
- Protecting email privacy prevents senders from learning if an email has been opened and hides IP addresses so that senders cannot find a user’s location or use it to create a profile for them.
- New accessibility features allow anyone to add alternate image descriptions directly from Markup, and enhanced full keyboard access and new cursor customization options give you more flexibility when navigating your Mac.
macOS Monterey is available today as a free software update. For more information, including compatible Mac models, visit apple.com/macos/monterey.
- For macOS Monterey compatibility, visit apple.com/macos/monterey.
- Portrait mode requires an Apple silicone Mac.
- The enhanced map is available in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and more to come. Some features require an Apple silicone Mac.
- ICloud + plans: 50GB with a HomeKit Secure camcorder ($ 0.99 per month), 200GB with up to five HomeKit Secure camcorders ($ 2.99 per month), and 2TB with an unlimited number of HomeKit Secure camcorders ( $ 9.99 per month). HomeKit Secure Video requires an accepted iCloud plan, a security camera compatible with HomeKit and HomePod, Apple TV or iPad running as a home hub. iCloud Private Relay will initially be released as a public beta.
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