Apple launches macOS Monterey with Universal Control, Shortcuts, and AirPlay on Mac
Apple today announced the next update to its desktop operating system, macOS 12 Monterey. The new update includes several new features, some exclusive to macOS and others borrowed from the new iOS and iPadOS 15.
One of the first major features of macOS Monterey is Universal control. With this feature, you can control your iPad with their Mac’s keyboard and mouse / trackpad. It doesn’t require any configuration and you just have to place your iPad next to your Mac. You can then just move your mouse over all of your Macs and iPads and also drag and drop documents onto each of them.
macOS also gets AirPlay on Mac. With this feature, you can stream audio and video from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, just like you would with an Apple TV. This will allow you to use your Mac screen to view videos or presentations from your phone or also play any sound that can be played on the phone.
macOS Monterey also gets a Completely redesigned safari with a brand new tab bar that integrates the address and search box into the current tab, and tab groups to keep frequently opened tabs organized into custom groups. Safari can now also seamlessly adjust the colors of its user interface to match the current design of the web page.
macOS Monterey also gets Shortcuts, a feature that debuted on the iPhone. Just like the iPhone, Macs can now automate common tasks and you can launch them with just one click. The operating system comes with a set of predefined actions and you can create your own with a simple interface. You can also import your existing workflows from Automator to Shortcuts or just continue to use Automator. Shortcuts are built into the entire operating system so you can launch your workflows from anywhere, including Siri.
Additionally, macOS Monterey benefits from many new features found in iOS and iPadOS 15. This includes all new enhancements to FaceTime, including spatial audio, which makes the sound of people you talk to appear from where the person is positioned on the screen. The voice isolation will allow you to eliminate background noise and the broad spectrum will allow all ambient noise to pass through. The new Portrait mode will automatically blur your background.
Sharing lets you share content like music, movies, TV shows, projects, and more with the people you use FaceTiming. You can also share your screen, which can be useful for productivity or troubleshooting. Apple is also making an API available so that other app developers can integrate their apps into FaceTime for sharing.
Shared with you collects all content shared with you through Messages, including photos, videos, articles, etc. and places it in a Shared with you tab in Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app.
the To concentrate feature will automatically filter unwanted notifications based on your current activity. Other Mac and iPhone users will also be able to see your status so you know if you are unavailable. The focus setting changed on one device will apply to all Apple devices.
macOS Monterey will get the Updated maps app with interactive globe and detailed city experience and all new Remarks application.
Live Text will use machine learning to detect text in photos, including phone numbers, websites, addresses and tracking numbers, so you can copy and paste, make a phone call, open a website, and easily find more information.
Apple says macOS Monterey will support the widest range of Macs in history, including Intel and Apple Silicon models. However, Apple is dropping support for some of the older machines, including some of the older iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook models.
macOS Monterey will be available for developers today, while a public beta will be available next month. A stable version is coming in the fall.