MacOS Monterey
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MacOS Monterey
macOS Monterey
A version of the macOS operating system
MacOS Monterey wordmark.svg
MacOS Monterey Desktop.png
Screenshot of macOS Monterey in "light mode".
DeveloperApple Inc.
OS family
Source modelClosed, with open source components
Later in 2021
Latest preview12.0 beta 4[1] (21A5294g)[2] (July 27, 2021; 4 days ago (2021-07-27)) [±]
Update methodSoftware Update
Platformsx86-64, ARM64
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
LicenseProprietary software with open-source components and content licensed with APSL
Preceded bymacOS Big Sur
Support status

macOS Monterey (version 12) is the 18th major release of macOS, Apple's desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Big Sur, it was announced at WWDC 2021 on June 7, 2021, and is expected to be released later in 2021.[3][4][5] A beta version of macOS Monterey was released to developers enrolled in the Apple Developer program on June 7, 2021.[6] A public beta version was released at the beginning of July 2021.[7]

The operating system is named after Monterey Bay, following Apple's tradition of naming macOS releases after locations in California.[]


Some of the major features showcased during the WWDC keynote include:[3]

  • Introduction of Shortcuts for the Mac
  • Universal Control, which allows a single keyboard and mouse to interact across multiple Macs and iPads at once (Available on Mac computers with the Apple M1 chip and Mac computers with an Intel processor and at least 16GB RAM and 4GB VRAM. iPad requirements: iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later).)
  • Redesigned Safari browser
  • Support for playing AirPlay content received from iOS and iPadOS devices, as well as from other Macs (Available on MacBook Pro (2018 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2019 and later), iMac Pro (2017), Mac mini (2020 and later), Mac Pro (2019), iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (2nd generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later). Older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models may share content at a lower resolution to supported Mac models when "Allow AirPlay for" is set to "Everyone" or "Anyone on the same network" in Sharing preferences.)
  • Enhancements to FaceTime, including the ability to share screen, and the SharePlay feature which provides a way to experience content simultaneously and in sync (e.g. music or TV shows)
  • Ability to factory reset the device from the System Preferences app
  • Live Text to copy, paste, translate and lookup text in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look, and Safari (work across all Mac that support macOS Monterey since beta 4)
  • Focus to set different modes to filter notifications across iPhone and iPad
  • Introduces Low Power Mode for Mac (Supported on MacBook Air (late 2018) and MacBook Pro (Mid 2018) and later.)[8]



The Notes application includes the ability to apply arbitrary, user-generated tags to any note (e.g. #cooking, #work). A complementary Tag Browser in the sidebar and Smart Folders allow visualization of notes tagged with a particular tag or combination of tags.[9] New functionality called Quick Notes enables creation of a note from within any app via invocation of a system-wide keyboard shortcut or hot corner.[10]


The maps app include a new interactive globe, redesigned transit experience, and new place card. The interactive globe lets you discover the natural beauty of Earth with a rich and interactive 3D globe, including significantly enhanced details for mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, and more. [11]

System requirements

macOS Monterey is compatible with all Macs equipped with Apple silicon SoCs, as well as the following models equipped with Intel CPUs:[12][13]

Notably, macOS Monterey drops support for Macs featuring Nvidia brand GPUs.

Release history

Previous release Current release Current developer release
Version Build Date Darwin version Release notes Notes
12.0 Beta 4 21A5294g July 27, 2021 macOS Monterey 12 Beta 4 Release Notes


  1. ^ Clover, Juli (July 27, 2021). "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS 12 Monterey to Developers". MacRumors. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "macOS Monterey beta 4 (21A5294g) - Releases - Apple Developer". Apple Developer. Apple Inc. July 27, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ a b Griffin, Andrew (June 7, 2021). "MacOS Monterey: Apple launches new operating system for Mac". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Clark, Mitchell (7 June 2021). "macOS Monterey lets you run Shortcuts and share input and files between Macs and iPads". The Verge. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Rayome, Alison DeNisco. "MacOS Monterey is on the way: Apple previewed MacOS 12 at WWDC and gave it a name". CNET. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS 12 Monterey to Developers". MacRumors. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Potuck, Michael (July 1, 2021). "Apple releases first macOS Monterey public beta". 9to5Mac.
  8. ^ "macOS Monterey Preview - New Features". Apple (Hong Kong). Retrieved .
  9. ^ Broach, Taha (28 June 2021). "How to add and manage Tags in Notes in macOS Monterey and iOS 15". The 8-Bit. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ Broach, Taha (9 June 2021). "How to use Quick Note in macOS 12 Monterey". The 8-Bit. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ Interactive globe requires a Mac with the M1 chip
  12. ^ Pawar, Deepanshu (2021-06-08). "List of All Macs Compatibility With macOS Monterey". Retrieved .
  13. ^ Clover, Juli (June 7, 2021). "Here Are All the Macs Compatible With macOS Monterey". MacRumors. Retrieved .

External links

Preceded by
macOS 11 (Big Sur)
macOS 12 (Monterey)

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