Apple today released macOS 12 Monterey for compatible Mac computers with Apple silicon or Intel processors. The new version is a free upgrade for anyone with a compatible device.
macOS Monterey introduces a variety of new functions and improvements. The first is SharePlay, which launched today for iOS and iPadOS as well. This way, users can share a FaceTime call to listen to music, watch movies or TV shows, and more. FaceTime calls also receive spatial audio, so the speaker’s voice comes from the direction it appears on the screen.
Other FaceTime improvements include noise cancellation to eliminate background noise, Wide Spectrum for a full range of audio, portrait mode – which will also be available for Webex and Zoom – and a new network view for conference calls.
The new Universal Control feature allows users to use a single mouse and keyboard between their Mac and iPad. The devices must be next to each other and the operating system automatically detects which device you want to switch to when you move the mouse to the edge of the screen. AirPlay to Mac allows users with an iPhone or iPad to freely share content on their Mac with Apple TV.
macOS Monterey also gets some features from iOS 15, such as Live Text and Visual Look Up. Live Text recognizes text in images, including phone numbers, websites, addresses, and more, and can be searched, copied/pasted, or interacted with. Visual Look Up can identify animals, arts, landmarks, plants, and more in images and help users learn more about them.
Monterey also gets Focus, a custom Do Not Disturb feature that you can create for different events, activities, or times of the day to only receive personalized notifications.
Safari is also equipped with an all-new user interface, improved tab management, and increased data protection.
macOS Monterey is now available for download from the Mac App Store.
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