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Apple macOS 12 Monterey Preview

News from June 8 Apple previews macOS 12 Monterey, the latest version of macOS. Which is an advanced desktop operating system. macOS Monterey brings many new ways to help users communicate across Apple devices, improving efficiency and fluency. SharePlay is a new feature of FaceTime video calls. Which allows users to share experiences. The Share With You feature allows users to more easily explore and enjoy content shared through notification apps, including the Photos app, Safari browser, and Podcasts apps.

Major updates to the Safari browser include a beautifully streamlined tab bar and the use of the tab group function to achieve powerful tab management. Mac supports shortcut instructions for the first time to perform daily tasks. Focus Mode helps users focus on completing tasks and minimize interference. In addition, macOS Monterey has added two new continuous interoperability functions.

Universal Control and AirPlay for Mac, allowing users to easily use multiple Apple devices to work in a new way. macOS Monterey will support the widest range of Mac products in history. That includes the latest iMac, MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and the Mac series with Intel chips.

macOS 12 Monterey brings powerful new tools to make Mac users more efficient.

macOS Monterey on MBP Feature and grid video call and messaging

High powered meets

“Hi everyone.”

Connect, share and create like never before. Say hello to the exciting new FaceTime update. Explore a redesigned and streamlined safari. Discover and invent powerful new ways of working using universal controls and shortcuts. Be in the moment with focus. and so much more.

coming this fall

Improve efficiency

macOS Monterey’s new tools are designed to help users become more efficient, stay focused, and collaborate with colleagues:

As the fastest browser in the world, Safari browser has now adopted a new tab design. Revamped and enhanced the browsing experience, allowing users to view more page content while scrolling the screen. Using a compact combination of tabs, toolbars, and search boxes, the color of the new tab bar corresponds to the color of the web page. Tab Page Groups provide a new way to help users easily save and manage multiple tab pages. Which is very suitable for users to plan travel, shop, or save frequently used tab pages. Tab groups can also be synchronized on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Users can continue completing projects anytime, anywhere, and easily share tags with friends and family.

Mac supports shortcut command function for the first time to help users perform daily tasks automatically and maximize efficiency. Similar to tasks on the iPhone and iPad, Mac shortcut instructions can help users quickly accomplish tasks with the help of commonly used apps. Users can access a range of preset operations designed specifically for the Mac. Like sharing files instantly, creating GIF dynamic stickers, etc. Advanced users who want to manage their affairs more.

They can use the Mac Shortcut Command Editor to customize shortcut commands to suit their workflow. Shortcut commands are tightly integrated with macOS. Including the menu bar, Finder, and Focused Search. Users can also use Siri for voice input, and they can easily execute shortcut commands on any app interface without manual operations. Users can easily import existing automated operations workflows into shortcut instructions. Those can be executed immediately after importing.

Memo’s new functions can help users easily organize, optimize collaboration, and create new memos anytime, anywhere. Quick Memos allows users to call up memos and record system-wide notes in any app or web interface. When it comes to inspiration, no matter what interface the user is in, they can easily grab ideas.

Users can also add in-app links to Quick Memos to create context. Safari web pages or Maps app addresses support this feature. When users collaborate with friends or colleagues through Memos. So they can refer to shared users. You can see everyone’s editing content in the new Activity view, and categorize memos by tag, so they can be quickly and easily displayed in the new tag browser and view in a tag’s smart folder.

Mac users can use Focus Mode to focus and automatically filter that information. which are not related to the present work. Users can mark their status to let others know that they are working carefully and don’t want to be disturbed. The focus mode created by the user on one device can be set automatically on the other device. Users can customize the focus mode according to the current task. Whether it is preparing a speech or completing an assignment.

Designed to help

your workflow.

The world’s fastest browser has a completely redesigned design. Which makes Safari more immersive and customizable than ever. And with Quick Note and Focus, you have new tools to keep track of what’s important and to clear some headspace when you need it most.


New tab bar in Safari Browser Smart Search field with buttons streamlined into the More menu

Access tab groups anywhere

Tab groups seamlessly sync across your Apple devices, so you can easily pick back up whenever and wherever you want. The Safari browser has added a dazzling new page design, including a redesigned page bar and tab page group, so users can browse the web in a whole new way.

Access Tab Anywhere feature

Tab Group

Save and organize your tabs in a way that works best for you. Name your tab groups, edit them, and watch as you move from one interest to another. So switch between them. You can also drag your groups into emails and the links appear as easy-to-share lists.

macOS 12 Monterey tab group

Shortcuts on Mac

shortcut app

Automate the things you do most often. Save time by turning to something that turns multiple steps into just one. Or by piecing together your go-to apps and services with the Shortcut Editor. You can also play them from your Dock, menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, or Siri.

With the help of Mac shortcuts, work in more ways.

macOS Monterey Shortcut app feature

Make your own Shortcut

Creating a shortcut is a cinch with the editor. Click and drag the actions in the order you want them. The editor suggests which action you should add next.

macOS Monterey Make your own shortcut

Share with one click

macOS 12 Monterey share with one click feature

Sharing shortcuts with friends or online communities is as easy as sending a link. And after you’ve got one, simple prompts help you set up permissions. Which lets you control what data is shared as you play.


Choose a Focus

Focus helps you stay in the moment. When you need to focus or move away. Choose a focus that only allows the notifications you want. You can work out while in the zone, or enjoy a distraction-free dinner. Choose from a list of suggested focus options or create your own.

Focus mode helps users make the most of every minute they spend on Mac.

macOS Monterey Focus feature

Signal your status

It’s easier to walk away if others know you’re busy. So when you’re using focus. So your status will be automatically displayed in messages. And for really urgent messages, people still have a way of notifying you.

Signal your status

Across all your devices

Enable Focus on one of your devices and it’s automatically set across all of them.

macOS Monterey Across All your devices

Quick Note and Notes

Introducing Quick Note

Notes are your best app to capture any thoughts. With the new Quick Note feature, you can jot down ideas. No matter where you are or what you are doing on your Mac. It’s like writing a note directly on whatever app you’re working on.

Monterey quick notes

Insert Anything in a Quick Note

Add links, Safari highlights, tags, and mentions to Quick Notes, so you can easily find important names, numbers, and ideas.

macOS 12 Monterey insert anything in a quick notes

Easy to find your quick note

In supported apps, you can add links to a quick note and a thumbnail of your note will always appear there when you go back. Quick notes also appear together in the Notes app. Whether you’re on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone.

macOS Monterey easy find quick note

A new way to stay in touch

macOS Monterey provides new ways for users to connect and share with family, friends, and colleagues.

FaceTime Video Calls now introduces a range of new audio and video features to make calls more natural and alive. With spatial audio, the sound in a FaceTime video call appears to come from the person’s position on the screen. Voice highlighting function to ensure that the user’s voice is clear. Can use machine learning to eliminate background noise.

The wide spectrum function can transmit all ambient sounds to allow the call participant to hear everything. Portrait mode uses the M1 chip’s Apple Neural Network Engine to blur the user’s background and create stunning visual effects. The new grid view shows all participants in a conversation through an equally sized grid.

SharePlay is a series of powerful system functions. Which can help users share different experiences while making FaceTime video calls. Users can share their favorite music, TV shows, movies, projects, and other content with relatives and friends in real-time. In this way, they can listen to music. Can watch movies and shows together, and collaborate across different apps via screen sharing. Third-party developers can use easy-to-use APIs to support FaceTime video calls in their apps.

The Share With You function makes it easier for users to find and access content shared through the Info app. Including pictures, videos, articles, etc. Users can find content shared with you in the Photos app, Safari browser, and Podcasts app.

New experiences.
True connections.

Keeping in touch is more essential than ever. With SharePlay, you can watch simultaneously. Listen together, and share your screen within FaceTime. 1 FaceTime calls also sound more natural. And Messages makes it even easier to find and enjoy great content shared by friends and family.


Introducing Shareplay

When you watch TV shows and movies, listen to music. Or share your screen with SharePlay. So keep the FaceTime conversation going. It’s a whole new way to experience family and friends, no matter the distance.

facetime screen sharing

Watch together

Stream movies and TV shows during FaceTime call with friends. With synced playback and controls, you’ll see everyone laughing, jumping, and reacting in the same moment at the same time. And the volume adjusts automatically. So that you can continue talking while watching.

shareplay feature watch together

Listen together

macOS Monterey listen together

Get together and listen to an album with friends. The whole group can watch. Know what’s next and add songs to a shared queue with synced playback and easy-to-use controls.

Share your screen

Keep your FaceTime calls going while sharing your entire screen or just a specific app at once. Collaborate with coworkers, spend the game nights with friends, or plan your next vacation as a group.

facetime Screen sharing in a grid view

Spatial audio

Individual voices sound like they’re coming from the direction in which each person is positioned on your screen, helping conversations flow more naturally.

macOS Monterey spatial audio

Mic mode

Voice isolation reduces background noise and keeps your voice front and center. When the music or sounds around you are just as important as what you have to say. A wide spectrum leaves ambient sound unfiltered.

macOS Monterey mic mode loud and clear

Grid view

facetime screen sharing on the grid view 2

Grid view shows people on your FaceTime call in tiles of the same size. So that you can interact better with a larger group. The speaker is highlighted automatically. So that you always know who is talking.

Portrait mode

Inspired by Portrait Mode on the iPhone and powered by the M1 chip, this new video effect puts the focus on you. not what is behind you.

macOS Monterey facetime screen sharing in a portrait mode

Facetime link

Create a unique FaceTime web link to easily set up a call later or share the link with a group. Share it with your friends in third-party apps like Messages, Mail, or WhatsApp. You can also generate a link to an event in the calendar. So that everyone knows where and when to meet.

facetime schedule

Invite anyone on facetime

invite anytime on fraceime in a grid view

Now you can send friends and family a link to connect on FaceTime. Regardless of whether they are using Windows or Android. And it’s still end-to-end encrypted. So your call is as private and secure as any other FaceTime call.

The new features of FaceTime video calls can help users show the best image and sound.

macOS Monterey facetime in a portrait mode


Shared with you

macOS Monterey share with you eature

Now links, images, and other content shared with you in Messages are shared with you in the respective app. Shown in a new section. In the Photos, Safari, Apple News, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV apps, you can easily find shared content. See who’s recommended it, and reply with the app you’re enjoying. without going back to messages.

Photo collection

Multiple photos in Messages now appear as a collage or a beautiful stack of images. The ones you can flip. View them all easily as a grid, reply with a quick tap back. Or save them to your library.

 Monterey photo collection in chat

The Share with You feature allows users to easily review the interesting content sent by the messaging app.

Even better together.
In even more ways.

Use your Mac and iPad together to unlock to work fast, easy, and amazingly. Like never before. Universal Control connects to your iPad instantly and fluidly. Now you can use AirPlay to add new dimensions to sharing and listening with Macs.

A new way to work across Apple devices

The new continuous interoperability feature has been unveiled. To help users work better across multiple Apple devices.

The Universal Control function allows users to switch between Mac and iPad using just a set of mouse and keyboard, and no setting is required. Users can also drag and drop content back and forth between devices. For example, after drawing a picture on an iPad with an Apple Pencil, drag and drop the picture into a Keynote presentation file on Mac.

macOS Monterey universal control

Universal controls make it easy for users to work seamlessly with Mac and iPad.

With the AirPlay to Mac function, users can play, show, and share a wide variety of content. Whether it’s the latest movies and games, holiday photos, or presentations, they can be easily transferred from iPhone or iPad to Mac. Amazing on the retina display. The Mac’s high-fidelity audio system can also be used as a speaker for air-playing. Users can play music or podcasts on Mac. Or use the Mac as an auxiliary speaker for multi-zone audio.

macOS Monterey universal control with airplay

AirPlay brings vitality to Macs in a whole new way.

Universal Control

One way to work on all your devices

A single keyboard and mouse or trackpad now works seamlessly between your Mac and iPad. They will also connect to more than one Mac or iPad. Move your cursor from your Mac to your iPad, type on your Mac and watch the words appear on your iPad, or even drag and drop content from one Mac to another.

macOS Monterey universal control feature
Monterey multidevice support

No setup required

Simply place your devices next to each other and move your cursor between them seamlessly.

macOS Monterey no setup required

AirPlay to Mac

Put it all on display

The power of AirPlay comes to Mac.5 Share, play, or present content from another Apple device to the big, beautiful screen of your Mac. You can also mirror or extend your display to pump up your productivity.

Airplay to mac put it all on display

AirPlay speaker

Airplay speaker play music or podcasts from another device

Mac now works as an AirPlay speaker, so you can enjoy the high-fidelity sound when you play music or podcasts from another device. It can even function as a secondary speaker to create multiroom audio.

Superpowers for getting things done.

Introducing magical new ways to use your Mac. Bring all the detail in your photos to life with live text and visual look-ups. And use shortcuts to streamline long steps in workflows and everyday tasks.

Other new features in macOS Monterey

Live Text

Live Text uses device-side machine learning capabilities to locate text in photos including phone numbers, web pages, addresses, logistics tracking numbers, and more. So that it is convenient for users to copy and paste, call numbers, open web pages and get information. The Image Query function also uses machine learning capabilities to help users find and understand animals, plants, artifacts, landmarks, etc. in photographs. These functions can be run across the entire macOS system and can be used in apps such as Photos, Notifications, and the Safari browser.

Live text and image query is a new intelligent technology function that uses machine learning capabilities on the device side and can run on the entire macOS system.

Live text in pictures

Your Mac computer now lets you interact with text in any image. Click on an address and it opens on the map. Call, send a message, or save any phone number you visit. You can copy and paste just like any other text. And the personal details and information from the images never leave your device.

capture live text in picture
macOS 12 Monterey visual look up

Your next adventure starts here.

Exploration has never looked better. The map offers incredible new details that go beyond just taking you from point A to point B. And Safari gives you even more ways to search online.


The Maps app has been upgraded to provide an interactive Earth view and an astonishing and immersive city detail experience. Users can navigate and explore the natural beauty of the earth with the help of the bright and large display of Mac.

macOS 12 Monterey maps 3d view

Interactive globe

Discover the natural beauty of the earth with a rich and interactive globe. Explore new advanced descriptions for mountain ranges, deserts, rain forests, oceans, and more.

macOS 12 Monterey 3d globe preview

New transit facilities

Public transit integration shows nearby stations and transit times. Let’s pin favorite routes to the top.

macOS 12 Monterey nearby transit facilities

New accessibility features allow anyone to add additional image details with direct markup. Improved full keyboard access and new cursor customization options allow users to enjoy more flexibility when navigating on a Mac.

Explore the world through the Maps app on Mac retina display for a more beautiful and immersive experience.


Knowing this is more important than ever. how your privacy is being protected. How and when do apps access your mic? Get more visibility of it. And prevent senders from knowing about your activity in Mail.

Privacy features like Mail Privacy Protection allow users to choose this. Whether the different types of Mail may collect information about Mail App activities. Mac’s recording indicator can now show. Which Apps Are Using the Mac Microphone.

Recording indicator

Control Center lets you find out. Which apps have access to your mic? And whenever an app is accessing your microphone. Then you will see the new indicator on your screen.

macOS 12 Monterey recoding indicator

Mail Privacy Protection

Mail Privacy Protection hides your IP address. So senders can’t link it to your other online activity. Or cannot determine your location. And it prevents senders from seeing it. that you have opened their email and when.

macOS 12 Monterey mail privacy protection catch up on email with more peace of mind


Introducing iCloud+

iCloud has always kept your important information — like photos, documents, and notes — secure, up to date, and accessible across all your devices. Now iCloud+ takes that experience a step further with a new subscription. Which will replace today’s storage plans.

iCloud+ not only integrates iCloud features that users love. Rather, it also offers new advanced features at no additional cost, including email address hiding, HomeKit secure video support, and advanced online privacy service iCloud Private Relay.

iCloud plus hide my email or private relay

iCloud+ brings new privacy features and storage options to users

Hide my email

Instantly generate unique, random email addresses that are forwarded to your personal inbox. So that you don’t have to share your real email address when filling out forms on the web or signing up for newsletters. Hide My Email is built into Mail, Safari, and iCloud Preferences.

iCloud plus hide my email

iCloud private relay

iCloud Private Relay is one such service. Which lets you connect to virtually any network and browse even more securely and privately with Safari. This ensures that the traffic originating from your device is encrypted and uses two separate Internet relays. So that no one can use your IP address, location, and browsing activity to create a detailed profile about you.

macOS 12 Monterey iCloud private relay

Apple macOS 12 Monterey release date

macOS 12 Monterey, unveiled at WWDC in June 2021, is an upcoming version of macOS. Which is set for release in the fall.

How to download the macOS 12 Monterey public beta

The macOS 12 Monterey Developer Beta is now available to registered users of the Apple Developer Program through The public beta will be available to Mac users next month via This fall, macOS Monterey will be available as a free software upgrade. For more information, including compatible Mac models, please visit the Official Website. Features may vary. Some features are only available in certain regions, languages, or devices.

New features are available with macOS Monterey.

macOS Monterey builds on the same powerful foundation as macOS Big Sur while offering distinct experiences designed just for the capabilities of Mac.

Other New Features

  • Finder – The Finder provides a pie chart progress window while copying files. “Go to Folder” has been improved with a new look and autocomplete engine. There’s also an iCloud Collaboration folder now. Contains shared documents.
  • Low Power Mode – You can extend the battery life of your MacBook with Low Power Mode. Which cuts down on processing power and manages energy-intensive apps better.
  • Erase All Content and Settings – There is a new option to erase all user data and user-installed apps from the system without reinstalling macOS.
  • Memoji – There are new Memoji outfit options, eye color options, stickers, and an option to choose a Memoji for the Mac login screen.
  • Books App – The Books app has been redesigned and brings features like Reading Goals, Want to Read, and Reading Now to the Mac. Plus the search is more intuitive.
  • Automatic window resizing – Windows automatically resizes when moved from Mac’s built-in display to a secondary display. That includes an external monitor, another Mac, or an iPad using SideCar.
  • Apple ID – In case you forget your password. So you can set up an account recovery contact for your Apple ID. And is a digital legacy person. So that you can set someone up as a legacy contact who can access your account when you die.
  • Apple Card – Advanced Fraud Protection lets Apple Card users change their security code frequently to make card number transactions more secure.
  • Accessibility – Added VoiceOver for markup details and PDF signatures, and new Memoji options with oxygen tubes, cochlear implants, and a soft helmet. Mouse pointers can also be customized, and improvements to full keyboard access allow the Mac to be controlled entirely from the keyboard.
  • Hello Screen Saver and Background – macOS Monterey includes the “Hello” desktop picture and screen saver.
  • Find My – The Find My app has live locations for family and friends, and a Find My widget. AirPods Pro and AirPods Max are also now compatible with Find My Network, so they can be located outside of the Bluetooth range as well.
  • Home – HomeKit Secure Video can now tell you when a package is delivered.
  • Reminders – Reminders include support for tags and custom smart lists. There is also an option to delete completed reminders as well.
  • Screen Time – Downtime On Demand can be activated to allow only phone calls and apps of your choosing. When activated, Downtime sends a five-minute reminder and then remains on until the end of the day.
  • Siri – Siri in macOS Monterey is better at maintaining context between requests. So whatever you asked. Can mention that and Siri can understand.
  • Tips – Apple brought a Tips feature to macOS Monterey to help people learn new Mac features.
  • Window Update – You can swap apps in split view. Or convert split view window to full-screen window. There is also an option to enable a full-screen menu bar. So that you can see the app menu while in full-screen mode.
  • Mail App Extensions – MacOS supports Mail App Extensions in Monterey. Which can do things like block content, message and take action, and improve security.
  • Improved Display Support – Newer Macs running Monterey will support adaptive-sync external displays with variable refresh rates. Adaptive-Sync is a variable refresh rate display technology used for AMD FreeSync, Nvidia G-Sync, and other similar display features.


See if your Mac can run macOS Monterey.

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