Apple today unveiled some new MacBook Pro models at a virtual conference. And the company is scheduling the launch of the next major version of macOS with the new laptop. Mac users will be able to upgrade to macOS Monterey on Monday, October 25. This new major version of macOS will be available for free on the App Store.
macOS Monterey comes with Safari 12, which you may already be using in macOS Big Sur. It allows you to create groups of tabs that you can sync between your devices and features a completely new design. The design of the new tab has been controversial but it seems like apple isn’t done adjusting it.
FaceTime is getting some new features too. SharePlay is not yet part of this update, but now you can share your screen, activate Portrait mode, see your friends in a grid view and create links so that people on other devices can join your conversation, yes. , even Windows PC.
The new focus modes that were introduced with iOS 15 are also coming to Mac. You can create a work mode, a game mode or whatever you want. When you change your mode on one Apple device, you change it on all other Apple devices that you use.
With macOS Monterey, your Mac is now an AirPlay device. You can send music or videos from your phone to your Mac screen. Essentially, it works like AirPlay on an Apple TV.
When it comes to automation, the Shortcuts app is landing on the Mac. It will gradually replace Automator, but Automator will stick around for now.
Lots of apps are getting small or big updates too, like Notes, Messages, and Maps. And if you like to use your MacBook on long trips, you can put your computer in low power mode.
If you think your Mac is working fine right now, Apple won’t force you to upgrade to macOS Monterey. You can continue using an older major version of macOS for as long as you want.