macOS Monterey: Facetime update

It seems like forever since Apple announced macOS Monterey at this year’s WWDC but the day has come. macOS Monterey is available starting today.

What equipments are compatible?

macOS Monterey is compatible with the following computers:

  • iMac 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro 2013 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • Mac mini 2014 and later
  • MacBook Air 2015 and later
  • MacBook 2016 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2015 and later

In these first days of availability of Monterey, at a general level, I want to do several articles focusing on those of the new features that I liked the most and that I think everyone should know so that they can get the most out of them. And I want to start with one of the applications that receive the most improvements:

Facetime

macOS Monterey: Facetime

The biggest change has to do with expanding the “target audience” for FaceTime. Now you can invite not only your Apple contacts to FaceTime meetings but you can also include people who use Windows or Android to connect, via their browser, to any FaceTime call without any of the members losing the encryption features of the data and privacy that characterize the platform.

The most interesting thing is that, in addition to being able to invite them, you can now schedule FaceTime calls in advance by creating links for each call directly from the calendar. Links that, just by pressing them, allow people to join the call.

At a visual and auditory level, FaceTime receives improvements such as spatial sound, portrait mode, grid display of all participants (which works super cool with spatial sound), and different microphone modes, such as voice isolation mode that minimizes the noise from the background when you are in a place where there is a lot of interference.

One of my favorite features – Screen Sharing – receives an interesting update also within FaceTime, allowing users to work as a team in a more structured and collaborative way.

And well, although it is not available today, everything seems to indicate that SharePlay will be activated soon (it has already returned to Beta), with which you can watch series or movies together with a group of people in a coordinated way.

These features are available not only for the Mac but iPad and iPhone users can seamlessly join, as long as they are already on iOS 15.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD MACOS MONTEREY

Just press > About This Mac> Software Update.

I do recommend that you have a recent backup of your computer, do not go and fail something.

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