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macOS Monterey: Apple releases public beta

After Apple has already distributed the second beta to developers this week, the public will now have the opportunity to test the upcoming macOS Monterey for free.

Macstories’ Federico Viticci noticed it first: On the evening of July 1, 2021, Apple officially launched the first public beta of macOS Monterey on its phone public beta site I started.

New functions and changes that come with macOS 12 Monterey include the completely redesigned Safari browser, the Shortcuts app on your Mac, the new Shareplay function from Facetime, Global Control to work seamlessly on multiple Apple devices, a new Focus Mode, Quick Notes, Airplay-to-Mac And more.

The eagerly awaited “Universal Control” function, which was shown at Apple’s WWDC Developer Conference, is not yet available. It looks like there’s still a lot of screwing up here.

Universal Control connects iPad to Macbook and iMac. (Photo: Apple)

Beta warning! Do not use a productive computer

Daring Apple fans can download the trial version for free, install it, and put it through its paces. As always in such cases, it is not recommended to use a production system to conduct tests of this type. Performance issues are at least expected, and often tangible bugs too. This actual work can stress or spoil it. Therefore, when trying the trial versions, you should always use a device that you are not using for work and that you have made a full backup of it before installing the trial.

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The beta can be tried on both Intel Macs and new Macs equipped with the M1 chipset. Apple certainly won’t offer some of the functionality of the new macOS Monterey on the Intel platform in the long run. We have explained which one will be in a separate article.

As usual, the new OS version will not be available on all devices of the manufacturer. In addition to the 2015 Macbook, 2013 Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro (late 2013), iMacs from 2014 will also continue to be on macOS 11 Big Sur. However, most recent Apple devices will see the 2021 update wave right away.

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