|A version of the macOS operating system|
|Source model||Closed, with open source components|
|October 25, 2021|
|Latest release||12.5 (21G72) (July 20, 2022 )|
|Update method||Software Update|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|License||Proprietary software with open-source components and content licensed with APSL|
|Preceded by||macOS Big Sur|
|Succeeded by||macOS Ventura|
|Part of a series on|
macOS Monterey (version 12) is the eighteenth and current major release of macOS, Apple's desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Big Sur, it was announced at WWDC 2021 on June 7, 2021, and released on October 25, 2021. macOS Monterey will be succeeded by macOS Ventura, which was announced at WWDC 2022 on June 6, 2022.
Monterey introduced several new features and changes, including the following:
- Shortcuts for the Mac
- TestFlight for the Mac
- Provisions to allow the planned introduction of Universal Control, which allows a single keyboard and mouse to control multiple Macs and iPads. It works on Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip and some with an Intel processor, including MacBook Pro (2016 and later), MacBook (2016 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2017 and later), iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, Late 2015), iMac Pro, Mac mini (2018 and later), and Mac Pro (2019). It works on these iPads: iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later).
- Support for Apple Music Voice Plan Subscription.
- Portrait Mode and Noise Cancellation features for FaceTime and some apps (in Control Center)
- New Toolbar Features/Designs for Finder and Preview app
- Have a Live Memoji and Animoji right on the lock screen
- A yellow privacy-indicator on the menu-bar for indicating if mic or webcam is active
- Live Text, which allows a user to copy, paste, translate and lookup text from images displayed by Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari.
- New Passwords Manager for Mac
- A New On-Device ML-Activated Keyboard Dictation using Siri and also now for almost unlimited duration.
- Low Power Mode for Mac that enables longer battery life for lightweight workflows such as reading PDFs, Web browsing, listening to music, etc. This works on MacBook Air (2018 and later) and MacBook Pro (2016 and later).
- A redesigned optional compact interface for the Safari browser.
- Support for playing AirPlay content streamed from recent iOS and iPadOS devices and Macs, including MacBook Pro (2018 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2019 and later), iMac Pro (2017), Mac mini (2020 and later), Mac Pro (2019), iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (2nd generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later). Older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models may share content at a lower resolution to supported Mac models when "Allow AirPlay for" is set to "Everyone" or "Anyone on the same network" in Sharing preferences.
- Improvements to FaceTime, including the ability to share a screen and the SharePlay function that enables multiple users to watch or listen simultaneously and in sync (e.g., to music or TV shows).
- The ability to factory reset the device from the System Preferences app
- Visual Look Up makes it easy to identify objects (e.g. cat breeds, dog breeds, etc..) found within user's photos.
- Focus to set different modes to filter notifications across iPhones, iPads and Macs.
- The Time Machine backup functionality excludes more system files.
- Provisions to allow the planned introduction of "Expanded Protections for Children," which will apply cryptography to detect and help limit the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online by scanning the user's iCloud photos.
- Accessibility option to change the mouse pointer's colors.
- Tips notifications.
- The removal of a previously bundled PHP interpreter.
- The removal of a previously bundled Python 2.7 interpreter (from 12.3)
- The removal of the ability to use custom Quartz Composer filters and plugins in Photo Booth.
- networkQuality, a command-line tool for measuring upload/download capacity, upload/download flows, and upload/download responsiveness
- An automatically populated "Games" folder within launchpad
- Support for ProMotion in new 2021 MacBook Pro
- New Object Capture API for creating 3D models using images
In the Notes application, users can now apply arbitrary tags to a note (e.g., #cooking, #work); groups of notes with a given tag or tags can be viewed in Smart Folders or a Tag Browser in the sidebar. The new Quick Notes function enables a user to create a note from within any app via system-wide keyboard shortcut or hot corner.
- iMac: Late 2015 or later
- iMac Pro
- MacBook: Early 2016 or later
- MacBook Air: Early 2015 or later
- MacBook Pro: Early 2015 or later
- Mac Mini: Late 2014 or later
- Mac Pro: Late 2013 or later
- Mac Studio
By using patch tools, macOS Monterey can be installed on earlier computers that are officially unsupported, such as the mid-2014 iMac and the 2013 MacBook Pro. Using these methods, it is possible to install macOS Monterey on computers as old as a 2008 MacBook Pro and iMac and 2009 Mac Mini.
|Previous release||Current release||Current developer release|
|Version||Build||Date||Darwin version||Release notes||Notes|
|12.0||21A344||October 25, 2021||21.0.1
Tue Sep 14 20:56:24 PDT 2021
|N/A||Preinstalled on 2021 MacBook Pros|
|12.0.1||21A559||October 25, 2021||21.1.0
Wed Oct 13 17:33:23 PDT 2021
|Release notes||Initial public release|
|12.1||21C52||December 13, 2021||21.2.0
Sun Nov 28 20:28:54 PST 2021
|12.2||21D49||January 26, 2022||21.3.0
Wed Jan 5 21:37:58 PST 2022
|12.2.1||21D62||February 10, 2022||Release notes|
|12.3||21E230||March 14, 2022||21.4.0
Mon Feb 21 20:34:37 PST 2022
|12.3.1||21E258||March 31, 2022||21.4.0
Fri Mar 18 00:45:05 PDT 2022
|12.4||21F79||May 16, 2022||21.5.0
Tue Apr 26 21:08:22 PDT 2022
|21F2081||Jun 14, 2022||N/A||Preinstalled on 2022 M2 MacBook Air & 13″ Pro|
|21F2092||Jun 16, 2022||Update for 2022 M2 MacBook Air & 13″ Pro|
|12.5||21G72||July 20, 2022||21.6.0
Sat Jun 18 17:07:22 PDT 2022
12.0 was pre-installed on 2021 MacBook Pros and Apple advised those with the version to be updated to 12.0.1.
Users and developers have reported:
- Laptops unable to boot (fixed with 12.0.1 update)
- Inability to charge sleeping laptops with MagSafe (fixed with 12.1 update)
- Mouse pointer memory leak issue (fixed with 12.1 update)
- Audio issue with speaker and audio output crackling and popping
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- macOS Monterey – official site
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