THE WWDC 2021 began this Monday (7). The event is aimed at developers, but it also serves as a stage for several new developments in the ecosystem of the apple. One of them is the macOS 12 Monterey. Among its new features, the operating system increases the integration of Mac with branded devices and brings radical changes to the Safari interface.
If in macOS 11 Big Sur the focus was on a visual makeover and some changes in essential applications, it is visible that, in macOS 12 Monterey, Apple tries to improve the user experience with functional aspects, with emphasis precisely on the integration between devices. This starts with Universal Control.
Perhaps you’ve had the experience of using two computers at the same time and, at one point, using one’s keyboard trying to access the other. Confusions like this happen. But what if there was a really practical way to access both devices from the controls of just one of them? This is the proposal of Universal Control (Universal Control).
The idea is simple: allow the user to do actions on an iPad from a Mac. If both are side by side, you can simply drag an image from a MacBook to an iPad using the former’s trackpad, for example.
You can also perform actions such as “pulling” a file on your iPad with your trackpad or using your MacBook keyboard to type on your tablet.
Such solutions have been around for some time, see the example of Logitech Flow. The difference is that Apple will offer a more integrated, native-mode type experience.
Proof of this last aspect is that, in the presentation of Universal Control, the company showed an integration not only with two, but with three devices: at one point, the keyboard and trackpad of a MacBook Pro were used to access both an iPad and a iMac at the same time.
AirPlay for Mac
AirPlay is a tool that allows you to share content on Apple TV (or compatible smart TVs) from an iPhone, iPad or Mac. In macOS 12 Monterey, this proposal is expanded: the user can play games, give presentations or share content to from an iPhone or iPad directly to a Mac.
According to Apple, the sound system on Macs can also be used as an AirPlay speaker.
Another innovation highlighted by Apple is the arrival of the function shortcuts (shortcuts) to Mac — until then, the functionality was available for iPhone and iPad. With it, the user can create shortcuts to automate specific actions in the operating system, such as writing notes quickly, generating animated GIFs, among others.
To make the resource easier to use, macOS comes with a library of pre-made shortcuts.
Apple also promises shortcut integration with all the features of macOS 12 Monterey, including Finder, Spolight and Siri. But that doesn’t mean Automator is in the past: the tool is still available and tasks created from it can be brought to Shortcuts at any time.
Perhaps the most impactful change, at least in the visual aspect, comes from the Safari: The browser was radically redesigned to give pages more usable space, a change that resulted in a tab bar that takes up less space.
The bar also takes on the background color of the open site, a characteristic that makes the page appear to occupy the entire length of the browser.
In addition, the new Safari brings a tab grouping function, a novelty that, according to Apple, should help the user to organize pages for trips and shopping lists, for example.
The most important detail: Tab groups can be synced to an iPhone, iPad, or other Mac.
Focus and other features of macOS 12 Monterey
What’s new in macOS 12 Monterey doesn’t end there. Other operating system features include mode Focus, which allows the user to filter notifications based on their current activity — you can, for example, activate notifications only coming from coworkers during a business task.
In turn, the facetime has been updated to include features that make calls more realistic, including a voice isolation function that uses artificial intelligence to eliminate ambient noise and thus make the conversation more audible.
O SharePlay, a feature initially announced for iOS 15 that allows users to share music, videos and other content via FaceTime, is also present in macOS 12 Monterey.
already the Notes won a feature called Quick Note that allows the user to make notes quickly, as if there was a pad of paper nearby.
MacOS 12 Monterey Compatible Macs
Apple has already released the list of Mac models that will receive the macOS 12 Monterey. Are they:
- iMac: late 2015 or later;
- iMac Pro: 2017 model or higher;
- MacBook Air: Early 2015 or later;
- MacBook Pro: Early 2015 or later;
- Mac Pro: Late 2013 or later;
- Mac Mini: Late 2014 or later;
- MacBook: Beginning of 2016 or later.
Details about MacOS Monterey compatible Macs are here.
macOS 12 Monterey: when is it out?
The release of macOS 12 Monterey is not immediate. Before, Apple will release the beta versions. The first of these will be available starting today for developers who participate in the Apple Developer Program. The company promises to release the public beta in July.
The final version will be made available to all users between September and October 2021 — for free, of course.