Apple begins testing macOS 12.2 with smoother ProMotion scrolling

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Apple begins testing macOS 12.2 with smoother ProMotion performance
macOS Monterey 12.2 beta 1 is out with some welcome improvements.
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Apple began testing macOS Monterey 12.2 beta 1 on Thursday, just days after the release of macOS 12.1. An official list of what’s coming in the new version hasn’t yet been revealed by the Mac-maker, but tests with beta 1 have turned up a few changes. The much-anticipated Universal Control isn’t one of them, though.

This pre-release version seeded to developers was not accompanied by any iOS, iPadOS or watchOS betas on Thursday.

A better Apple Music app in macOS 12.2

Apple did not put out a list of changes coming in macOS Monterey 12.2. But Luming Yin used Twitter to talk about differences they’d seen.

They say the new version offers “smoother scrolling in Safari on the latest MacBook Pro with ProMotion.” Apple’s new laptops offer screen refreshes at up to 120Hz, but real-world performance hasn’t always been ideal.

And the Mac-maker is allegedly rebuilding Apple Music into “a native Apple Music and TV experience backed by AppKit views instead of web views,” according to Luming Yin.

At this point, it doesn’t seem that macOS Monterey 12.2 will be the debut of Universal Control. This was supposed to be a signature feature of macOS 12 but Apple has been forced to push back the debut several times. The current plan is to have it “available this spring.” When it finally launches, Universal Control will enable a single keyboard and trackpad/mouse to control both a Mac and an iPad, allowing users to easily jump between them.

Developers, start your testing

Currently, macOS 12.2 is only for developers. But if Apple follows its previous habits, public beta versions will be along.

In the mean time, getting access to these pre-release editions requires joining the Apple Developer Program, which costs $99 a year.