Unveiled at the World Wide Developer’s Conference, Apple’s macOS Monterey the latest version of the beautifully built operating system for the company’s laptops and desktops is rolling out for supported Mac devices. The new system brings around several changes and also drops support for a few of the older devices. Although Apple users with the older Intel version of Macs can still get the upgrade they will be missing out of several of the new features that depend on the Apple Silicon.
New in macOS Monterey
One of the most interesting of the new features coming to the latest macOS is what Apple calls Universal Control, this new feature lets users use one single set of Keyboard,Mouse and/or trackpad across all your Mac and iPad devices. This is build over iCloud and allows to move the pointer from the screen of one device to another and also dragging and dropping files across your devices.
Another new and interesting feature coming to the Mac is Shortcuts. The same app that allows users to automate and create a bunch of very interesting features into your iPhone and iPad. Now that Macs run on chips based on the same architecture Apple is bringing the comparatively easy to use app to the Mac replacing the Automator which was a bit of a hassle to use for a non tech person.
Although the Automator app will still be supported for those who have created very complex workflows in it, but that we expect will only last till the Shortcuts app catches up. Apple also made it possible to import automator workflows to the Shortcuts app.
AirPlay to Mac in the macOS Monterey now makes it possible for iPhones and iPads to stream media to your iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro using AirPlay. The feature wirelessly as well as over a USB connection.
The new feature list also includes likes of a new and updated Safari with a UI refresh, Focus which allows users to focus on what’s important at the specific time, SharePlay allowing content sharing over video calls and conferences, Live Text to use the neural engine to make text from images interactive, newer and more detailed Map and more.
The newer version of macOS usually drops out support for some of the older devices which do not have enough power to run the latest updates. As for macOS Monterey the list of devices eligible for the upgrade is as given below.
iMac – 2015 and later
iMac Pro – 2017 and later
MacBook Air – Early 2015 and later
MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and later
Mac Pro – Late 2013 and later
Mac mini – Late 2014 and later
MacBook – Early 2016 and later
Things to check before upgrading to macOS Monterey
Check if you have at least 15-20 GB of free storage before you upgrade to the latest and greatest.
Create a complete backup of your all your data as if the device encounters any issue during the installation all your data could be damaged.
Make sure you have a fast and stable internet connection and enough data to download the package.
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