Apple’s new macOS will be called Monterey and offer new ways to stay connected, stay productive and work more easily across Apple devices.
Apple followed its tradition of naming the new MacOS after a Californian landmark as seen in past versions including Big Sur, Mojave, El Capitan, High Sierra, Yosemite and Mavericks.
It will be available in a public beta in July with the final version expected in September.
macOS Monterey includes the new enhanced FaceTime along with SharePlay along with a major update to the Safari browser which includes a powerful new tab organisation feature.
And, as seen with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey will also include Focus to help users stay on task.
“macOS Monterey is packed with features that help Mac users get more done, connect with friends and family in amazing new ways, and work across Mac and iPad more seamlessly than ever before,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“We think our customers are going to love browsing the web with Safari’s new tab design, enjoying shared experiences with SharePlay in FaceTime, and using their Mac and other Apple devices together in new ways with Universal Control and AirPlay to Mac.”
The Safari browser has been reimagined to make the browsing experience even better with a new tab design so you can see more of the pages as you scroll.
The new tab bar can now combine tabs while also including a search field in the compact design.
Tab groups can also be easily saved and managed and are helpful when planning trips and shopping.
Tab groups can be synced across Mac, iPhone and iPad and also shared with family and friends so they can continue their project from anywhere.
Working across multiple Apple devices just got a lot easier with the new universal control which makes it possible to use a single mouse and keyboard to move between Mac and iPad.
Users can not only navigate the devices with a single mouse or keyboard but also drag and drop content back and forth between the devices.
Shortcuts will now be available on the Mac for the first time with Monterey to help users automate everyday task.
And just like the iPhone and iPad, Shortcuts on Mac allows users to accomplish tasks with the apps they use the most thanks to a rich gallery of preloaded actions designed just for the Mac.
As seen with the new software for iPhone an iPad, the Mac now features Quick Note which makes it possible to jot down notes on any app or website system wide.
AIRPLAY TO MAC
With Airplay to Mac users can now play and share anything including the latest movies and games to holiday photos and presentations from their iPhone or iPad straight to the Mac’s Retina display.
macOS Monterey also includes Focus to stay on task by automatically filtering out notifications, SharePlay to enable users to have a shared experience while on a FaceTime call and Shared With You to make it easy to locate the content that’s been shared through messages including photos videos and links.
Additional New Features of macOS Monterey
– With the new interactive globe in Maps and an amazing, immersive and detailed city experience, users can enjoy new ways to navigate and explore the natural beauty of the earth on the Mac’s large, gorgeous display.
– Live Text uses on-device machine learning to detect text in photos — including phone numbers, websites, addresses and tracking numbers — so users can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website and easily find more information. Visual Look Up also uses machine learning to help users discover and learn about animals, art, landmarks, plants and more in photos. These features work across macOS, including in apps like Photos, Messages and Safari.
– iCloud+ combines everything users love about iCloud with new premium features — including Hide My Email, expanded HomeKit Secure Video support, and an innovative new internet privacy service, iCloud Private Relay — at no additional cost.1
– AirPods Pro and AirPods Max deliver a cinema-like experience with spatial audio on Macs with the M1 chip.
– Privacy features like Mail Privacy Protection let users choose whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity, and the Mac recording indicator now shows which app is accessing the Mac’s microphone.
– New accessibility features let anyone add alternative image descriptions straight from Markup and improved Full Keyboard Access and new cursor customisation options provide more flexibility when navigating Mac.