Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021, 14:53 Mac: Software

macOS Monterey Will Be Released On October 25th

A few days ago, there were some leaks concerning a potential release date for macOS Monterey. For example, there was an instance in which Apple responded to a submission from a security analyst, stating that the reported error would be fixed in the next release on Monday the 25th of October. Now, Apple has officially confirmed this statement as per information on the operating system's product page. After more than four months of beta testing, macOS Monterey will finally be able for all users as a full release on Monday of next week.

Release Candidates Published
For developers have had access to macOS Monterey's release candidate since the end of Apple's "Unleashed" event yesterday, during which the exposé of the new MacBook Pro took place. If the release candidate is relatively free from any kind of major errors, then this could even be the same version set for release. The build number is 21A558. Monterey or macOS 12's most important new features are Universal Control (still currently in beta, coming pending updates to the final release), the ability to use the Mac as an AirPlay receiver, Shortcuts from iOS/iPadOS for Mac, and an "Energy Saver" mode similar to iOS/iPadOS.



However, not all Mac users will be eligible to upgrade to Apple's newest standard operating system. As far back as the WWDC in June, Apple confirmed that older Macs are not within the range of supported devices. The upcoming macOS Monterey is, however, compatible with the following Macs:

  • iMac late 2015 and newer
  • iMac Pro
  • MacBook early 2016 and newer
  • MacBook Pro 2015 and newer
  • MacBook Air 2015 and newer
  • Mac mini 2014 and newer
  • Mac Pro 2013

iOS 15.1 & Co. On The Way
macOS Monterey isn't the only Cupertino software release pending within the next few weeks. Apple will also publish release candidates for iOS & iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1, and tvOS 15.1. By the time of release, the aforementioned operating systems will only have received a relatively short beta testing phase of five weeks. However, there are still several changes and new things. For example, "SharePlay" will allow users to watch movies or listen to songs together over FaceTime. iOS 15.1 will also support lossless audio and Dolby Atmos, including 3D spatial audio for the HomePod. Finally, features such as the ProRes format for professional video recording and deactivation of automatic Macro Mode will also be making their way over to the iPhone 13 in the upcoming iOS.

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