Apps & Software
Apple previews macOS Monterey
The software update will be available for compatible Macs this fall.
Apple previewed macOS Monterey, the latest software version of macOS at WWDC 2021. The operating system succeeds last year’s redesigned Big Sur. macOS Monterey, continuing the trend of exploring California, brings a bunch of new features and improvements.
Apple is promising even more seamless interpretability across Mac and iPad with Universal Control. The Universal Control feature lets you work with a single mouse and keyboard to control your Mac and iPad. The cursor adapts to the device it’s on, and can seamlessly move between Mac and iPad without any additional setup. It can also move files between the devices simply by drag-and-drop.
With macOS Monterey, you can now AirPlay content – such as movies, photos, presentations, and games – from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac. It also enables the Mac to be used as an AirPlay speaker, so you can play music or podcasts on the Mac’s high-fidelity sound system.
The Mac has a history with automation, and now Apple is bringing Shortcuts to the Mac. The Shortcuts app, which has been available on iOS, will support actions specifically for macOS. Apple says Shortcuts is integrated throughout macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and hands-free with Siri. There will also be a gallery of pre-built actions designed just for Mac.
macOS Monterey introduces a redesigned Safari. The new tab bar blends in the color of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the address bar in a single compact design. Apple is also adding the ability to group tabs in Safari, called Tab Groups. The tabs are in sync between your Mac and iOS devices.
Monterey also brings features announced for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 like FaceTime’s spatial audio and SharePlay, Quick Note, and more. The software update will be available for compatible Macs this fall.