Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS Monterey to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

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

DHagan4755 Avatar
16 months ago
I'm sure some people will be scouring this beta release for unreleased Mac identifiers.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
patearrings Avatar
16 months ago

To be honest I am avoiding this new OS release until next year. Apple see, to push software developers to meet hardware release dates, this was clear last year and Big Sur was full of bugs that should have been resolved. As much as I want to I am going to avoid this in case I fall foul of the problems I had last year.
Please bear in mind this is like the bug fixed version of Big Sur. That's how i see it, and tbh, it's way more stable than big sur ever was. The new tech that they were supposed to introduce "universal control" isn't even in it yet, and it's beta 7, so this is just Big Sur 2.0.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
justperry Avatar
16 months ago

DB7 installed and booted up fine here
It does indeed...... ;)

Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bandaman Avatar
16 months ago

I am not going to install something out-of-the-blue from the Internet...
It isn’t something “out-of-the-blue”, it’s a trusted maintenance utility for macOS that’s been around for 15 years. But you do you and don’t receive help from anyone because of paranoia.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SW3029 Avatar
16 months ago
Have they figured out the complex code needed to bring the Maps 3D globe to Intel Macs?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rpmurray Avatar
16 months ago
Damn, still has all these issues. Well, back to Snow Leopard.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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