After seeding the second beta to developers this week, Apple has officially launched the public beta for macOS Monterey. The new software is available to test out for free and comes with new features like FaceTime’s SharePlay, AirPlay to Mac, Focus mode, the Shortcuts app, and much more.
New features and changes coming with macOS 12 Monterey include a totally redesigned Safari, Shortcuts app arriving on the Mac, FaceTime’s new SharePlay feature, Universal Control to seamlessly work across multiple Apple devices, a new Focus mode, Quick Notes, AirPlay to Mac, and more.
- macOS Monterey: Here’s everything new with AirPlay to Mac
- Here’s what’s new and different with the redesigned Safari in macOS Monterey
- Understanding how Universal Control works (and how it doesn’t)
Remember, it’s generally a bad idea to install early betas like this on your primary machine with bugs and performance issues being common, so use a secondary Mac if possible. And make sure make a fresh backup 😄.
Notably, the highly anticipated Universal Control feature that was shown off at WWDC isn’t live yet in the macOS Monterey beta 2 for developers which is the same as the first public build.