Apple Seeds Ninth Beta of macOS Monterey to Developers

Apple today seeded the ninth developer beta of macOS Monterey, the newest version of the macOS operating system. The ninth beta comes one week after Apple released the eighth 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.

macOS Monterey will bring 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 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

zilchfox Avatar
35 months ago

Well iOS 15 final release has major bugs after 3 months of beta testing, it’s no excuse
Some bugs are either not caught from the small pool of beta testers, or couldn’t be fixed in time for release. It happens, cool your jets, Karen.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Konigi Avatar
35 months ago
Still not the Release Candidate? So we're at least two weeks before the official release?

I'm really looking forward to update macOS so that the new iOS features are better synced across my devices (simple things related to Note, Reminders, Focus mode, iMessage, etc.).

EDIT: by "better synced", I rather meant "similar user experience".
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
35 months ago

This is taking for ever, If it’s not 100% polished by the time it’s released ill be frustrated, this has been in beta for ages and with 11.6.1 new RC releases today we are weeks away from 12
its SW, it will NEVER be 100% ... if you have that expectation, don't install it
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
35 months ago
I hope this fixes the external monitor issue that effected some beta 8 installs.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacHiavelli Avatar
35 months ago
Release notes. . .

https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-12-release-notes
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dwalls90 Avatar
35 months ago

Still not the Release Candidate? So we're at least two weeks before the official release?

I'm really looking forward to update macOS so that the new iOS features are better synced across my devices (simple things related to Note, Reminders, Focus mode, iMessage, etc.).
Apple has started trending towards October or November for Mac OS releases in recent years. With it being early October, and no October/November event announcement yet, it's safe to say we're looking at 2 weeks minimum until the event and probably 3-4 weeks until public release. I'm sure we'll see a beta 10 in 2 weeks too.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)