macOS Monterey – A New Version of macOS Unveiled at WWDC

At the World Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple executives unveiled MacOS Monterey, the latest version of the Mac operating system, also known as MacOS 12.

MacOS Monterey follows last year’s MacOS Big Sur.

It features new features like Universal Control that will allow Mac users to use a mouse and keyboard to navigate between your Mac and iPad for a seamless experience.

The OS also added several new features found in iOS 15, such as surround sound in FaceTime and Apple’s new focus feature.

Apple’s MacOS, first released in 2001, runs companies such as the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac.

Even while it was known as OS X, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs advertised that it served as the basis for his iOS iPhone software.

Over the years, Apple has focused on building applications and features for its MacOS that complement other devices, including the original iTunes software.

It then brought more mobile apps, such as the iMessage communication service, FaceTime video chat, and the App Store, which was first released on iOS.

Despite Apple’s popularity and the success of its iPhones and iPads, the company’s Macs still account for just under 10 percent of the computers used today.

The M1 chip helps change that. Apple said fans bought so many new M1 Macs that they helped bring the company’s revenue from desktops and laptops to a peak of $ 9.1 billion in the first three months of the year.

This has increased by an incredible 70% compared to the same period a year earlier.

The macOS Monterey Features:

According to Apple, “macOS Monterey gives users new ways to connect, do more, and work more smoothly on their Apple devices.”

As I’ve seen, this is an update that is sure to appeal to people who have multiple Apple devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

Universal Control

This handy feature lets you use a single mouse and keyboard and switch between Mac and iPad. Use a trackpad on your MacBook and slide it smoothly on your iPad.

You can also drag and drop files between iPad, MacBook, iMac, and more.

No configuration required, you can simply place your devices next to each other and move the cursor between them.

This may prove to be one of the most useful new features in macOS 12 Monterey.

Facetime

Last year it drastically changed the way we work and communicate and video calling is more important than ever.

So it’s great to see Apple bring new features to FaceTime by calling in macOS 12 Monterey.

This includes spatial audio support (a great theme from Apple’s WWDC 2021 keynote), so depending on where the person is sitting, their audio should appear to be coming from their location.

There is also voice isolation, which uses l It is machine learning to remove background noise and make voices clearer and easier to understand.

There is also Wide Spectrum, which does the opposite, and means the whole environment. improved, which can be useful in some circumstances where you need to hear ambient sounds where people are.

MacBooks and Macs using Apple’s M1 chip will also be able to blur user backgrounds thanks to the Neural Engine, although this is something that has been a part of other video calling apps for some time now, and it requires no hardware.

More useful is the ability to invite anyone to connect to a FaceTime call, even people using Windows and Android devices, and will still benefit from end-to-end encryption.

Shortcuts

macOS Monterey Shortcuts

Shortcuts are coming to Mac too. They let you automate everyday tasks. You can configure your own or use ready-made ones.

They can be activated via Siri without using your hands, and you can import Automator workflows with shortcuts.

Shortcuts will be built into macOS 12 Monterey, including the menu bar, Finder, and Spotlight.

Safari

In the Safari browser, the tabs are now more compact, the toolbar has been improved, and you can use tab groups. This saves and groups maps for easy access.

Useful for people who end up surfing with a bunch of cards open at once. You can name groups and make them available on all devices.

Switch to Mac and the groups on iPad and iPhone will also change. You can use the search box to find specific websites, and the tab bar changes color depending on which site you’re on.

Notes

macOS Monterey Quicknotes

The Notes application has been improved, which facilitates the organization and collaboration of notes.

The quick notes feature allows you to take notes from any application or website, and you can add links from Safari or Maps.

More people can work on notes and add their own comments.

Editing people can be easily found in the new activity view, and bookmarks can be added so you can easily find them later.

Focus

macOS Monterey focus

It seems that the new Focus feature will be a powerful “do not disturb” setting for Mac and MacBook on macOS 12 Monterey.

Depending on your current activity, notifications can be filtered. You can set your status so that others know it won’t bother you, and if you focus on one device, it will affect all other Apple devices.

We don’t seem to be getting a huge update like Big Sur. Instead, macOS 12 seems to be debugging and further improving the operating system.

Think of this release as more like Snow Leopard’s macOS. As early as 2009, Apple made efforts to suppress the fact that it is a consolidated version and has no new features.

Moving to a completely different chip last year, it makes sense to upgrade macOS to become even faster on Apple’s new Silicon chips.

Closing Remarks

In general, most people will want to hold out until the release of the final version of macOS 12 Monterey, as most bugs and problems will be recognized and fixed by most early testers. In line with previous versions of macOS, we believe that the final version may arrive around September 2021.

Written By Eric Smith

My name is Eric Smith and I've been working within the tech space for over 10 years, both at one of the largest computer manufacturers (for which I have no affiliation with anymore) but also in the retail sector where I gained a lot of experience in helping people finding suitable tech products.