The next major upgrade to macOS brings a revamped Safari interface, Focus mode, and some big enhancements to the Notes app. It also paves the way for Universal Control, which lets you seamlessly control both a Mac and iPad.
macOS Monterey makes its public debut on October 25
If you’ve already updated to iOS or iPadOS 15, you will be familiar with some of macOS Monterey’s biggest improvements. Features like Quick Note, FaceTime’s new audio modes and Portrait support, Focus mode, and even Safari’s controversial new interface are already available on iPhone and/or iPad.
Shared with You, which makes it easier to find things like links, images, and other multimedia you’ve received from others easier to find, is also available in macOS Monterey — alongside the brilliant new Live Text feature inside the Photos app. Monterey also brings Shortcuts to the Mac for the first time.
One of Monterey’s best new features is Universal Control, which lets you pair a compatible iPad with your Mac, and then seamlessly control both devices using the same keyboard and mouse. However, it’s not yet clear if Universal Control will be available when macOS Monterey makes its public debut.
Other improvements in this year’s upgrade include system-wide text translation, iCloud+ with Private Relay and Hide My Email, an all-new Maps experience, and the ability to stream content to your Mac from another device over AirPlay.
Free to all
The best thing thing about macOS Monterey? Just like its predecessors, it’s completely free to download and install on all compatible machines, including:
- iMac: Late 2015 and later
- iMac Pro: 2017 and later
- Mac Pro: Late 2013 and later
- MacBook: Early 2016 and later
- MacBook Air: Early 2015 and later
- MacBook Pro: Early 2015 and later
You’ll be able to download macOS Monterey from the Mac App Store on October 25. Those signed up for the beta can now download the first release candidate (RC) build.