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Not to be confused with macOS 10.12 (Sierra).

macOS Monterey (version 12) is the current major release of macOS, developed by Apple Inc.[3] It was released on October 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. PT (Cupertino time) to succeed MacOS Big Sur.[4]

Development

The forthcoming existence of macOS 12 was discovered within the source code of a WebKit update from February 2021.[5][6] It was announced on June 7 at the 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference, with the first beta version being released to developers.[7]

New features

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New Features in macOS Monterey You'll ACTUALLY Care About!

New features announced at WWDC 2021 include:[7][8]

  • Live Text for machine recognition of selectable text within images and photos.
  • Privacy features protect Mail activity from being detected by email spammers.
  • Quick Notes to jot down ideas store links while using any application.
  • Safari is updated with a new more compact user interface that takes on the color of the visited webpage and introduces tab groups to consolidate and organize tabs.
  • Shortcuts supersedes Automator for automating workflows.
  • Spatial audio support during FaceTime calls with AirPods Max and Pro headphones, or built-in speakers on selected Mac models (2018 and later).
  • Split view will be enhanced with the ability to swap out apps or return to a single full screen. Users can also opt to keep the menu bar visible in full-screen apps.[9]
  • Universal Control allows users to have a single keyboard and mouse setup move between macOS and iPadOS devices for a more seamless workflow. However, this specific feature was delayed and released as part of the macOS 12.3 update on March 14, 2022.[10][11]

Features that require Apple Silicon

The following features require an Apple M1 or newer processor from Apple:[12]

Supported models

Release history

Version Build Release date Notes
12.0 beta 1 21A5248p 2021-06-07 First developer beta.
12.0 beta 2 21A5268h 2021-06-28
2021-07-01
2nd developer beta.
1st public beta.
12.0 beta 3 21A5284e 2021-07-14 3rd developer beta.
12.0 beta 4 21A5294g 2021-07-27 4th developer beta.
12.0 beta 5 21A5304g 2021-08-11 5th developer beta.
12.0 beta 6 21A5506j 2021-08-30 6th developer beta.
12.0 beta 7 21A5522h 2021-09-21 7th developer beta.
12.0 beta 8 21A5534d 2021-09-28 8th developer beta.
12.0 beta 9 21A5543b 2021-10-06 9th developer beta.
12.0 beta 10 21A5552a 2021-10-13 10th developer beta.
12.0 21A344 2021-10-?? Pre-installed on early Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max-based MacBook Pros. SharePlay and Universal Control not yet functional.
12.0.1 21A559 2021-10-25 First public release.
12.1 21C52 2021-12-13 Adds support for the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT GPU and re-enables SharePlay.
12.2 21D49 2022-01-26 Addresses scrolling issues in Safari on MacBook Pros with M1 Pro or Max processors and 120 Hz displays.
12.2.1 21D62 2022-02-10 Addresses a battery drain issue when using Bluetooth.
12.3 21E230 2022-03-14 First public release of Universal Control. Apple Pay and StoreKit are updated. Python 2.7 support is dropped.
12.3.1 21E258 2022-03-31 Addresses performance issues with GPU cards in external PCIe enclosures
12.4 21F79
21F2092
2022-05-16
2022-06-16
Bug fixes, including refinements to Universal Control.
Adds support for Macs with Apple M2 chips.
12.5 beta 4 21G5056b 2022-06-24 In beta testing.

Gallery

Monterey includes dynamic desktops, which change according to time and lighting conditions.

References

  1. macOS 12.4 (21F79), Apple Developer. 2022-05-16.
  2. macOS 12.5 beta 4 (21G5056b), Apple Developer. 2022-06-24.
  3. macOS Monterey will be released on October 25 by William Gallagher, AppleInsider. 2021-10-18.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Here's When You Can Download macOS Monterey Today by Eric Slivka, MacRumors. 2021-10-25.
  5. WebKit code leaks Apple's next OS names as macOS 12, iOS 15 by Malcolm Owen, AppleInsider. 2021-03-29.
  6. Apple references unreleased iOS 15 and macOS 12 updates in WebKit code by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac. 2021-03-29.
  7. 7.0 7.1 macOS Monterey introduces powerful features to get more done, Apple Inc. 2021-06-07.
  8. The best new features in macOS Monterey that you'll actually use by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider. 2021-06-17.
  9. New features available with macOS Monterey., Apple Inc. 2021-06-07. Archived 2021-06-09.
  10. Apple Officially Delays macOS Monterey Universal Control Until Spring 2022 by Sami Fathi, MacRumors. 2021-12-13.
  11. Apple updates macOS Monterey to version 12.3 with Universal Control by Mike Peterson, AppleInsider. 2022-03-14.
  12. macOS Monterey: Here Are All the Features Your Intel Mac Won't Support by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors. 2021-10-23.
  13. macOS Monterey is compatible with these Macs; drops support for older Macs, AppleInformed. 2021-06-07.

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Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) : 10.3.0 | 10.3.1 | 10.3.2 | 10.3.3 | 10.3.4 | 10.3.5 | 10.3.6 | 10.3.7 | 10.3.8 | 10.3.9
Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) : 10.4.0 | 10.4.1 | 10.4.2 | 10.4.3 | 10.4.4 | 10.4.5 | 10.4.6 | 10.4.7 | 10.4.8 | 10.4.9 | 10.4.10 | 10.4.11
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) : 10.5.0 | 10.5.1 | 10.5.2 | 10.5.3 | 10.5.4 | 10.5.5 | 10.5.6 | 10.5.7 | 10.5.8 | 10.5.9 (PPC)
  Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) : 10.6.0 | 10.6.1 | 10.6.2 | 10.6.3 | 10.6.4 | 10.6.5 | 10.6.6 | 10.6.7 | 10.6.8
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) : 10.7.0 | 10.7.1 | 10.7.2 | 10.7.3 | 10.7.4 | 10.7.5
  Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) : 10.8.0 | 10.8.1 | 10.8.2 | 10.8.3 | 10.8.4 | 10.8.5
OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) : 10.9.0 | 10.9.1 | 10.9.2 | 10.9.3 | 10.9.4 | 10.9.5
OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) : 10.10.0 | 10.10.1 | 10.10.2 | 10.10.3 | 10.10.4 | 10.10.5
OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) : 10.11.0 | 10.11.1 | 10.11.2 | 10.11.3 | 10.11.4 | 10.11.5 | 10.11.6
macOS 10.12 (Sierra) : 10.12.0 | 10.12.1 | 10.12.2 | 10.12.3 | 10.12.4 | 10.12.5 | 10.12.6
macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) : 10.13.0 | 10.13.1 | 10.13.2 | 10.13.3 | 10.13.4 | 10.13.5 | 10.13.6
macOS 10.14 (Mojave) : 10.14.0 | 10.14.1 | 10.14.2 | 10.14.3 | 10.14.4 | 10.14.5 | 10.14.6
macOS 10.15 (Catalina) : 10.15.0 | 10.15.1 | 10.15.2 | 10.15.3 | 10.15.4 | 10.15.5 | 10.15.6 | 10.15.7
macOS 11 (Big Sur) : 11.0 · 11.0.1 | 11.1 | 11.2 · 11.2.1 · 11.2.2 · 11.2.3 | 11.3 · 11.3.1 | 11.4 | 11.5 · 11.5.1 · 11.5.2 | 11.6 · 11.6.1 · 11.6.2 · 11.6.3 · 11.6.4 · 11.6.5 · 11.6.6 · 11.6.7
macOS 12 (Monterey) : 12.0 · 12.0.1 | 12.1 | 12.2 · 12.2.1 | 12.3 · 12.3.1 | 12.4 | 12.5
macOS 13 (Ventura) : 13.0
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