Apple macOS 12 Monterey public beta preview

Apple macOS 12 Monterey
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Apple has now made public beta macOS 12 Monterey available for anybody who has a Mac or a Mac Book compatible after releasing the public iOS 15 beta, iPad OS 15, and watchOS 8.

The MacOS 12 Monterey announced at WWDC 2021 is the next macOS 11 Big Sur to be released as a free version in late 2021. (likely in September). The public beta released today enables users to test the operating system early before launch.

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The new macOS of Apple Monterey only brings certain M1 Macs features

Although this allows users to get a feel for the macOS 12 Monterey and some new features (but not all, shortly) it is also useful for Apple because Apple encourages public beta users to report and share problems. Developers from Apple can then work to correct those problems before releasing the final version.

It is therefore recommended that you only download the public beta of the macOS 12 Monterey on a device that you don’t count on every day because bugs probably occur.

Apple macOS 12 Monterey
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Oh, Universal Control, where are you?

Allowing for you to try out new functions on Mac using the upcoming operating system, the public beta of macOS 12 Monterey is still one of the most exciting features, Universal Control (as it did not appear in the Developer Preview).

The Universal Control can be used for seamless control of other Macs and also iPads with the mouse, track-pad, and keyboards of a Mac or MacBook. You just have to put them close together. Then the mouse pointer will be displayed on the next device when you move to the edge of the display and beyond.

The feature was shown at WWDC and was unbelievably cool. For people using multiple Apple devices, this could be a helpful feature and we can’t wait to try.

Although Universal Control takes elements of existing features such as Continuity and Handoff, it may be a little more complex to implement.

Usually, Apple releases some betas, so Universal Control could come later. You’re better off waiting if you’ve died to test this feature.

How to download the public beta of macOS 12 in Monterey.

Contrary to the Developer’s Preview, which was available only to people who belonged to Apple’s Developer Programme, the public beta is open to everybody provided they have a Mac compatible.

Make sure you save your Mac first if you want to try it out. Since the operating system is an early version, it may still contain some bugs and your significant data will at least be safe if problems arise. See our ultimate guide to back up your Mac for information on how to do this.

You will need to register for the Apple Beta program once that is done. You should receive notification on your Mac that a new public beta is available once you have signed up for it.

Select ‘Software Update’ and open System Preferences. There should be the macOS 12 Monterey public beta. To download and install, click on it and follow the instructions.

See our guide to macOS 12 Monterey for more instructions.

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