macOS Monterey is now live

macOS Monterey is now live

Tech Highlights:

  • Apple’s release follows after 12 beta rounds, including two Release Candidate versions. It arrives one day ahead of the release date of new MacBook Pro models, including the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

  • Apple has released macOS Monterey, the latest iteration of its Mac and MacBook operating system, with users now able to download the final release version to their devices.

Users can manually force the update by opening System Preferences on their Mac, then select Software Update, and then follow the prompts.

Shortcuts for Mac
The new macOS Monterey also brings Shortcuts from iOS to Mac. The automation tool is a more straightforward system than the longstanding Automator or AppleScript, both of which continue to be supported.

Universal Control is a feature that allows one keyboard and trackpad to control three devices, whether they are Macs or iPads. It was not included with the release of iPadOS 15, and did not appear in the betas for macOS Monterey. Apple maintains that it will be available in the fall.

“This year we’re bringing shortcuts to the Mac,” announced Craig Federigh. “The Mac is after all, where we turn for so much of our creative work. And now you have automate the everyday stuff to achieve peak productivity.”

“With the shortcuts editor, you can easily link together a series of actions to design shortcuts for your specific workflows,” he continued. “We’ll weave Shortcuts throughout Mac OS, so you can run them no matter what app is open.”

Safari

Safari on macOS Monterey incorporates privacy and performance features, most notably in its new system for displaying and using tabs. “We built Safari from the very beginning to provide the best browsing experience on Mac, and it continues to blow the competition out of the water,” said Federighi. “Our users are doing more in the browser, than ever before, work, school, shopping, entertainment, and that often leaves them with a lot of tabs, Windows and other distractions.”

“We think using the browser should feel natural, and uncluttered,” he continued. “So we’ve reimagined the browsing experience we distilled the toolbar to its essential elements. Tabs are more compact, modern, and lightweight, and there’s a completely new way to use tabs with tab groups allow you to easily save and manage your tabs, without cluttering up your tab bar.”

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