Apple today released a new beta of macOS 12 Monterey to public beta testers. The new beta comes a day after the release of the sixth beta from developer macOS Monterey.
Registered public beta testers can download and install the new beta of macOS 12 Monterey through the software update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the appropriate profile.
Mac users who want to be part of Apple’s beta testing program can register to participate on the Apple Beta Software website, which allows users to access iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS betas
As usual, both MacTrast and Apple are warning users not to install a beta on their daily Mac driver, but only to install beta versions on devices reserved for testing.
macOS 12 Monterey brings shortcuts to the Mac, an updated Safari web browser, AirPlay to the Mac, and more.
Safari offers a new browsing experience with a new tab design that allows users to see more of the page as they scroll. A new tab bar takes on the color of the web page and combines tabs, toolbar, and search box into one compact design.
Tab groups provide a new way to easily save and manage tabs, which is great for planning trips, shopping, or storing the tabs that users visit on a daily basis. Tab groups also sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so users can continue with their project from anywhere and easily share tabs with friends and family.
Shortcuts on Mac allow users to automate daily tasks and improve productivity. Just like on iPhone and iPad, shortcuts on Mac allow users to quickly accomplish tasks with the apps they use the most.
With a gallery of preset actions designed only for Mac, users can instantly share files, create animated GIFs, and more. Power users who want to take it a step further can use the Shortcut Editor on Mac to customize the shortcuts to suit their workflows. Shortcuts are built into macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free mode with Siri, making it easy to run shortcuts regardless of which app the user is in. Users can easily import existing Automator workflows into Shortcuts and be up and running right away.
New features in Notes help users stay organized, collaborate, and create notes from anywhere. Quick Note is a new way for users to take notes on any system-wide app or website, making it easy to capture thoughts and ideas wherever inspiration strikes. Users can also add links from an app to their Quick Note to create context, even on a website in Safari or an address in Maps. When users are working on projects in Notes with friends or colleagues, they can add mentions, see everyone’s edits in the new activity view, and categorize their notes with tags to find them quickly and easily in the new one. tag browser and in smart folders based on tags.
Focus allows Mac users to automatically filter notifications unrelated to their current activity. Users can report their status to let others know when they are in focus and they are not available. When a user sets Focus on one device, it is automatically set on their other devices and can be personalized based on their current activity, whether they’re preparing for a presentation or completing an assignment for school.
AirPlay on Mac
AirPlay to Mac allows users to share anything on their iPhone or iPad directly to a Mac screen. Mac speakers can also be used as AirPlay speaker.
Universal Control allows users to work with a single mouse and keyboard, or a trackpad on their Mac and iPad simultaneously. Users can drag their macs seamlessly over an iPad, allowing them to drag and drop content between devices.
Notes offers new features, including Quick Note, which allows users to take notes on any system-wide application or website. Collaborative notes now offer more functionality, adding mentions, and a new activity view shows all of the changes that have been made to a shared note.
FaceTime now features spatialized audio, making voices in a FaceTime call sound as if they are coming from where the person is positioned on the screen. Voice isolation ensures that the user’s voice is crystal clear and uses machine learning to eliminate background noise, while the wide spectrum allows all sounds in the area to pass through so participants can hear everything.
Portrait mode uses the M1 chip’s neural engine to blur the user’s background, and a new grid view displays participants in same-sized tiles.
New additional features of macOS Monterey
- With the new interactive globe in Plans and an astonishing, immersive and detailed urban experience, users can enjoy new ways to navigate and explore the natural beauty of the Earth on the big and beautiful screen of the Mac.
- Live Text uses machine learning on the device to detect text in photos, including phone numbers, websites, addresses and tracking numbers, so users can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website and easily find more information. Visual Lookup also uses machine learning to help users discover and learn about animals, art, monuments, plants, and more in photos. These features work on macOS, including in apps like Photos, Messages, and Safari.
- 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.
- AirPods Pro and AirPods Max deliver a movie theater experience with spatial sound on Mac with M1 chip.
- Privacy Features like Mail Privacy Protection let users choose whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity, and the Mac Record Indicator now shows which app is accessing the Mac’s microphone.
- 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.