Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS Monterey to Developers

Apple today seeded the sixth developer beta of macOS Monterey, the newest version of the macOS operating system. The sixth beta comes three weeks after Apple released the fifth macOS Monterey beta.

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Registered developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center and once the appropriate profile is installed, betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.

As with all new betas, Apple recommends not installing the new macOS update on a primary machine because it is early release software and could have bugs.

macOS Monterey introduces Universal Control, a feature that lets a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard be used across multiple Mac or iPad devices, plus there's a new AirPlay to Mac feature.

Safari has been redesigned with a new tab bar (with a toggle for two different designs as of the third beta) and support for Tab Groups, and FaceTime has gained spatial audio, a Portrait Mode on M1 Macs, and Voice Isolation for cutting out background noise. There's also a new SharePlay ‌FaceTime‌ feature that lets Apple users watch TV, listen to music, and share their screens with one another.

Shared With You, a separate feature, keeps track of the music, links, podcasts, news, and photos that people are sent in Messages, highlighting it in the relevant apps. Notes has a new Quick Note feature for jotting down thoughts, and collaboration is easier with mentions and an Activity View.

The Shortcuts app from iOS is now available on the Mac, and Focus helps people stay on task by cutting out background distractions. There's an updated Maps app with a whole slew of new features, and with Live Text, Macs can now detect text in photos or provide details on animals, art, landmarks, plants, and more in images.

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 full rundown available in our macOS Monterey roundup.

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Top Rated Comments

ikir Avatar
38 months ago

While i appreciate all the work on the backend of the these releases making the OS(s) more stable, i must admit this years “updates” are the least exciting for me across the board. Makes me wonder if the real “innovation” will come once all their hardware has moved over the the apple silicon architecture and off of intel. I’m just missing the “WOW“ factor and apple products feel a little stagnan to me.
Tons of features = oh no the OS is too complex, too many iOS features, too many features not available on older Macs, i miss Snow Leopard, Apple should fix bugs and stop adding features.

Less features = no innovation, Apple can’t add new features, no more wow effect, Apple should implement more features. Windows 11 has far more new features than macOS!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bluespider Avatar
38 months ago
While i appreciate all the work on the backend of the these releases making the OS(s) more stable, i must admit this years “updates” are the least exciting for me across the board. Makes me wonder if the real “innovation” will come once all their hardware has moved over the the apple silicon architecture and off of intel. I’m just missing the “WOW“ factor and apple products feel a little stagnan to me.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soulreaver99 Avatar
38 months ago

Any new wallpapers? ??
maybe one or two new groundbreaking emojis
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lerten Avatar
38 months ago
That makes me very happy, actually. Less features, more polish. Wish they opened up the control center, tho.

People getting excited over MacOS Trasheray. Sorry but this is a bigger nothing burger than iPadOS 15
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nt5672 Avatar
38 months ago

Any new wallpapers? ??
Of all of the poor software in Apple ecosystem today, you're worried about wallpapers. Nice to see what your priorities are.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iWeaverOS Avatar
38 months ago

Any new wallpapers? ??
None that I see. I always look for new wallpapers too :P
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)