After a very long wait, macOS Monterey will finally be released for Macs all over the world tomorrow, October 25th. This upgrade was first announced at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in June, and with the arrival of new MacBook Pros later this week, Apple has clearly decided that this is the perfect time to release the next macOS software upgrade.
There’s no exact word on when all of the features will be rolled out, but the US tech company usually releases things around 6:00 p.m. BST. So make sure your MacBook or iMac is turned on, turned on, and connected to Wi-Fi at this time if you want to be one of the first to try out any new updates. Unfortunately, there are some MacBook and iMac users who will miss out on this upgrade as it is incompatible with a number of older machines. including iMacs that were made before 2015 and some MacBooks that were released before 2016.
If you want to know if your device can get access to Monterey, here is a full list of PCs that will work with this upgrade.
Late 2015 and later
Late 2013 and later
2017 and later
Late 2014 and later
Early 2015 and later
Early 2016 and later
Early 2015 and later
To find out when your device started, simply go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen and tap on “About This Mac.” This will reveal all the details, including the year the Mac or iMac you were using was released.
If you’re okay with Monetery, here are some of the features you get when you hit the download button.
Perhaps the biggest change in macOS Monterey is coming for anyone who spends hours chatting with friends and family over FaceTime.
This popular video calling software is being completely redesigned so that users can schedule calls, add a blur effect to the background in portrait mode, minimize the noise of things around them, and share whatever is happening on their screens.
Other extras include a new and completely redesigned Safari web browser that is sleeker and less cluttered, as well as a new feature called Tab Groups, which offers a new way to easily save and manage tabs, and the browser background changes automatically to visit the website you are using.
If you have multiple Apple devices, Universal Control can be very useful. This technology basically allows Mac and iPad owners to seamlessly switch between devices with a mouse and keyboard without having to tamper with complicated settings.
If you always feel like you’re being distracted, the new focus mode gives you more control over which notifications appear on the screen.
Other bonus extras include Quick Notes to help you jot down ideas, and Live Text lets you copy and paste words from a photo right into a document or email. The new Maps upgrade, which arrived in iOS 15 last month, is also coming to the Mac with improved driving directions, stunning 3D views of cities like London and San Francisco, and an improved globe that is much more interactive.
“MacOS Monterey is packed with features to help Mac users get more done, connect with friends and family in amazing new ways, and work more seamlessly than ever with Mac and iPad,” said Craig Federighi, senior vice president President of Software Engineering at Apple. “We believe our customers will love surfing the web with Safari’s new tab design, sharing experiences with SharePlay in FaceTime, and using their Mac and other Apple devices in new ways with Universal Control and AirPlay to Mac to use.”