macOS Monterey: a new operating system for Mac announced

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The next major version of Apple’s macOS is called macOS Monterey it was presented on June 7, 2021 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and is scheduled for release in the fall. The new version is named after Monterey Bay north of Big Sur and comes with numerous improvements and innovations. But what features characterize the updated operating system and which Macs are compatible with macOS Monterey? With our macOS Monterey preview, we give you an overview.

What Macs are compatible with macOS Monterey?

Thanks to Apple’s sustainable upgrade policy, you’ll also benefit older macs of the many features of macOS Monterey. According to a list published by Apple, the following Macs are compatible with the new version:

  • iMac: Fall 2015 and newer
  • iMac Pro-2017
  • MacBook: Spring 2016 and later
  • MacBook Air: Spring 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro – Spring 2015 and newer
  • Mac Mini: Fall 2014 and newer
  • Mac Pro – 2013 and later

When is macOS Monterey likely to be released?

Although the specific release date has not yet been set, experts assume an October 2021 release. However, a November 2021 release is not entirely out of the question: while macOS 10.15 was released on October 7, 2020, macOS 11 has been delayed until November 12, 2020.

Perfect control: to work on all devices

Seamless control is one of the highlights of macOS Monterey. Control multiple macOS and iPadOS devices with a single keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. No complicated and time-consuming setup required. After simply placing the devices next to each other, the cursor can be moved seamlessly from one device to another.

Once they are newer Apple devices and these in iCloud with the same Apple ID and twoFactor authentication is registered, content can even be dragged and dropped be transmitted. with macOS Monterey takes cross-device work to a new level.

FaceTime: new features for greater togetherness

macOS Monterey features include many features designed for sharing digital content. With SharePlay, users can via FaceTime watch movies and TV shows together, listen to music together and share the screen. It can be assumed that the corona pandemic with its restrictions on social life was a driving force in the development of SharePlay. However, the innovations of FaceTime also convince beyond a pandemic.

Movies and TV shows can be streamed effortlessly during a FaceTime call. Synchronized playback and controls ensure that participants’ reactions can be observed directly and without delay. Whether laughing together, scared or happy, with SharePlay it feels like sitting on a virtual couch. Conversations can continue uninterrupted by automatically adjusting the volume.

SharePlay also convinces when listening to music together. The following songs are clearly displayed and everyone can add songs to the shared playlist. This macOS Monterey feature is more than handy for both late-night gaming and virtually relaxing.

By sharing your screen, you can host a game night, plan your next vacation, or work on a project together. The possible conceivable uses are extremely multifaceted: While pupils and students can work together virtually on a PowerPoint presentation, company employees can discuss business figures displayed on the screen.

On 2018 Mac models, the 3D audio feature ensures that individual voices come from the speaker’s direction based on their own perception. This makes conversations even more natural. A new voice-isolating microphone mode minimizes background noise and puts your voice front and center.

Messages: content can be shared even more easily

The Messages app has a new “Shared with you” feature that puts content you’ve received in Messages in the right app. So, for example, if someone shares a song from Apple Music, the song will appear in the Shared with you section of Apple Music. When someone shares a website link, it appears in the Shared with you section of the Safari home page.

In addition to the Shared with you feature, there are some minor design changes. When you send someone multiple photos in a row, they now appear as a small collage or stack of photos.

Safari: new design and many features

macOS Monterey not only gives the Safari browser a new look, but also adds numerous new features. Safari has a redesigned tab bar that better blends with the web page background, takes colors from the site you’re visiting, and extends the web page to the edge of the window. Newly redesigned floating tabs have been combined with Apple’s smart search field.

If you’ve opened multiple tabs with different websites during a search, you can now save the tab composition as a group and retrieve it at a later time. Such tab groups can even be included in an email. Since the tab groups that have been created are synced across all Apple devices, the investigation can be continued from any location.

Safari’s Smart Tracking Prevention has been updated in macOS Monterey to prevent trackers from documenting and analyzing your browsing behavior.

Safari New Design: Revised Taskbar

Notes – take notes faster with Sticky Notes

The new Sticky Notes feature makes it even easier to create and use notes. Let’s say you’re reading news or an interesting blog post from BestSoftware and want to write something down for future reference. With macOS Monterey, it only takes a few steps to add a quick note to displayed content.

In the Notes app, a new activity view lets you see what others have added to a shared note. Organizing your notes with tags makes finding content even faster and easier. With mentions, specific members will automatically receive a notification.

Other macOS Monterey Innovations

Numerous other improvements and innovations characterize macOS Monterey. so you can

  • Content is now streamed to a Mac via AirPlay,
  • texts used in images,
  • use the iOS feature “shortcuts”
  • Automations created in a few steps and
  • translated system-wide texts

Will. In addition, some improvements have been made to data protection.

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