Apple today released the second public beta of the macOS 12 Monterey beta to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test the new macOS Monterey software before it is released. The second beta comes two weeks after Apple released the first public beta of macOS Monterey.
Public beta testers can download the macOS 12 Monterey update from the Software Update section of the System Preferences app after installing the correct profile from Apple’s beta software website.
MacOS Monterey introduces quite a few major updates to the MacOS operating system. For example, Universal Control allows a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard to be used on multiple Mac or iPad devices, and it is now possible to AirPlay directly to a Mac from an iPhone, iPad, or even another Mac.
Safari has an updated tab line and support for Tab Groups to keep tons of tabs organized, and FaceTime now has support for spatial sound, Portrait Mode (M1 Macs only) and Voice Isolation to cut out background noise. A SharePlay FaceTime feature lets Apple TV users watch TV, listen to music, and share their screens.
Shared with you, another new feature, keeps track of music, links, podcasts, news and photos that people send in Messages, and highlights it in the relevant apps. Notes has a new Quick Note feature for noting thoughts, and the Shortcuts app is now available on Mac.
A dedicated focus mode helps people stay on top of the task by cutting out distractions in the background based on what’s happening, and it’s an updated Maps app with a whole host of new features. With Live Text, Macs can now detect text in photos or provide details about animals, art, landmarks, plants and more in photos.
Mail Privacy Protection hides IP and prevents tracking through invisible pixels, and iCloud Private Relay keeps Safari browsing protected. There are many other new features in macOS Monterey, with a complete overview available in macOS Monterey.
In the developer beta, which is similar to the other public beta, Apple changed the default design of the Safari tab bar after several usage complaints. There is now a dedicated address bar at the top of the Safari window, with tabs arranged below it, instead of an integrated all-in-one design. Those who preferred the original design can use the View menu to turn off “Show separate tab bar.”