Following its October special “Unleashed” event, Apple has just released macOS Monterey RC (Release Candidate) to developers and public beta users. This precedes the official public release of macOS 12, which is slated for October 25.
macOS Monterey shares most of the features already introduced with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, including Focus mode for notifications, Portrait mode in FaceTime, Live Text, iCloud +, SharePlay, redesigned Safari, and more.
There are also system-wide translations and universal control, which allows users to wirelessly control an iPad or even another Mac using their main computer’s keyboard and mouse. Other new features include the Shortcuts app for the first time on macOS, AirPlay to Mac, on-device dictation, and Spatial Audio users for AirPods.
macOS Monterey RC is now available to developers and public beta testers via OTA with build number 21A558. Interestingly, macOS Monterey RC is version 12.0.1.
Here is the full list of Macs compatible with macOS Monterey:
- 2015 and later MacBook
- Early 2015 and later MacBook Air
- Early 2015 and later MacBook Pro
- Late 2014 and later Mac mini
- Late 2015 and later iMac
- 2017 and later iMac Pro
- Late 2013 and later Mac Pro
To get the update on a Mac currently running macOS Monterey beta, go to the Software Update menu in the System Preferences app. You can also download macOS Monterey from Apple Developer Website our public beta website if you are not running the beta yet (full guide here).