October 25, 2021
macOS Monterey is now available
macOS Monterey delivers revolutionary new features that help people connect in new ways, do more, and work seamlessly on 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 allow Apple devices to work even better together. Live text and visual search bring new intelligence features to surface useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organization with tab groups, and ease of automation comes to the Mac with shortcuts . Coming later this fall, SharePlay will allow Mac users to share experiences together via FaceTime, and Universal Control will allow users to easily work on their 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 feel more natural and realistic, and SharePlay gives users a new way to connect and spend time with friends and family. With spatial audio, voices in a FaceTime call appear to originate 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 the user’s voice is crystal clear, and Wide Spectrum allows all noise to be filtered out. enter so that participants can hear everything. Portrait mode, a new feature in FaceTime and available in apps such as Webex and Zoom, uses the M1 chip’s neural engine to keep the user focused while blurring the background,2 and a new grid view shows 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 while on a FaceTime call. Users can discover 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 move forward. They can also share their entire screen or just a specific app, making it easier to collaborate with friends or colleagues while 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 one mouse and one 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 enter text on any device or easily drag and drop content from one device to another. Users can even draw with Apple Pencil on the iPad and place their artwork directly into apps on their Mac, taking advantage of the powerful capabilities of all their devices at once. AirPlay on Mac makes it 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 directly to the Mac’s stunning Retina display, or to listen to music from across the room on your Mac’s high-fidelity sound 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, landmarks, plants and more in photos. Live text and visual search works on macOS and leverages powerful on-device machine learning, so user data stays private.
Concentration helps users stay on task and reduce distractions
Focus filters notifications from apps and people based on what the user wants to focus on at the time. When a user has set the 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 not to interrupt when users finish 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 on the go. Quick Note gives users the ability to take notes in any app, so it’s easy to capture thoughts and ideas anytime. Users can also add app links to a quick note, which is great when they need to remember a website in Safari or quickly find a location in Maps. New collaboration tools let users add mentions and view updates to a shared note with the new Activity view. In Monterey, it’s easy to organize 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 lets users easily save and organize tabs – great for planning trips, finding projects and store tabs that users visit regularly. 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 offers 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 sent links from Messages, and Quick Note support makes it easy to navigate. 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 address.
Shortcuts offer seamless automation on Mac
Shortcuts on Mac help users achieve maximum productivity with the apps they use most. With a rich gallery of pre-made shortcuts, it’s easy for users to automate everyday tasks, like instantly opening their frequently used apps to start their workday, or adding a reminder to their grocery list when they get to work. market, directly from their Mac. And the shortcut editor allows users to customize shortcuts to suit their workflows. With 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 via Messages directly in Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app. Users can easily find shared content, see who recommended it, and respond online to the original thread that it was shared.
- Maps delivers an all-new, immersive experience with extraordinary detail for roads, neighborhoods, trees, buildings, and more—all brought to life right on the Mac’s stunning display.3
- iCloud+ combines everything users love about iCloud with new premium features, including Hide My Email, expanded support for HomeKit Secure Video, and an innovative new internet privacy service, iCloud Private Relay, at no additional cost. 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 comes with the service. Current iCloud storage subscribers will be automatically upgraded to iCloud+ at no additional cost.4
- Spatial audio comes to Macs with the M1 chip, delivering a theater-like experience with AirPods (3rd gen), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. And with dynamic head tracking, audio stays fixed on the Mac even when the user moves their head.
- Email Privacy Protection prevents senders from knowing if an email has been opened and hides IP addresses so that senders cannot learn a user’s location or use it to create a profile about them.
- New accessibility the features allow anyone to add alternate image descriptions directly from the markup, and the improved full keyboard access and new cursor customization options provide more flexibility when browsing on the 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 a Mac with Apple silicon.
- The upgraded 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: 50GB with one HomeKit Secure Video camera ($0.99 per month), 200GB with up to five HomeKit Secure Video cameras ($2.99 per month), and 2TB with unlimited HomeKit Secure cameras Video ($9.99 per month). HomeKit Secure Video requires a supported iCloud plan, a compatible HomeKit-enabled security camera, and a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad functioning as a home hub. iCloud Private Relay will initially be released as a public beta.
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