Apple Seeds Second Release Candidate Version of macOS Monterey 12.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second release candidate version of an upcoming macOS Monterey 12.1 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new software coming a few days the first release candidate and more than a month after the official release of macOS Monterey.

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Registered developers can download ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.1 beta profile through the Apple Developer Center and after the appropriate profile is installed, the beta will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.

‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.1 brings SharePlay to Macs for the first time. SharePlay is a new feature that's designed to let you watch TV, listen to music, and play games with friends and family members over FaceTime.

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SharePlay allows all kinds of apps to work with ‌FaceTime‌, with content synced for all people who are part of the ‌FaceTime‌ call. You can listen to music with Apple Music and access shared playlists, watch synced TV shows and movies together, work out together, and even share your screen for things like group trip planning or device troubleshooting.

Apple designed SharePlay to work with first-party app options like Apple TV, Apple Fitness+, and ‌Apple Music‌, but there's also an API for developers so third-party apps can also use SharePlay ‌FaceTime‌ features for games and other experiences.

SharePlay is already available in the release versions of iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, and tvOS 15.1, so the Monterey 12.1 update brings Macs in line with other Apple devices.

The full release notes for macOS 12.1:


macOS Monterey 12.1 adds SharePlay, an entirely new way to have shared experiences with family and friends in FaceTime. This update also includes the Apple Music Voice Plan, new safety features for children and parents in Messages, redesigned Memories in Photos, and other features and bug fixes for your Mac.

SharePlay

  • SharePlay is a new way to share synchronized experiences in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music, and other supported apps
  • Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward
  • Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of a movie, TV show or song when you or your friends speak
  • Screen sharing lets everyone on a FaceTime call look at photos, browse the web, or help each other out

Apple Music Voice Plan

  • Apple Music Voice Plan is a new subscription tier that gives you access to all songs, playlists, and stations in Apple Music using Siri
  • Just Ask Siri suggests music based on your listening history and likes or dislikes
  • Play it Again lets you access a list of your recently played music

Photos

  • Memories has been redesigned with a new interactive interface, new animation and transition styles, and multiple image collages
  • New Memory types include additional international holidays, child-focused memories, trends over time, and improved pet memories

Messages

  • Communication safety setting gives parents the ability to enable warnings for children when they receive or send photos that contain nudity

  • Safety warnings contain helpful resources for children when they receive photos that contain nudity

Siri and Search

  • Expanded guidance in Siri, Spotlight and Safari Search to help children and parents stay safe online and get help with unsafe situations

Apple ID

  • Digital Legacy allows you to designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death

TV App

  • Store tab lets you browse, buy, and rent movies and TV Shows all in one place

This release also includes the following enhancements for your Mac:

  • Hide My Email is available in the Mail app for iCloud+ subscribers to create unique, random email addresses
  • Stocks allows you to view the currency for a ticker and see year-to-date performance when viewing charts
  • Reminders and Notes now allow you to delete or rename tags

This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac:

  • Desktop and Screen Saver may appear blank after selecting photos from the Photos library
  • Trackpad could become unresponsive to taps or clicks
  • External displays may not charge some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers when connected using Thunderbolt or USB-C
  • HDR video playback on YouTube.com could cause 2021 MacBook Pro computers to panic
  • Menu bar extras may be obscured by the camera housing on 2021 MacBook Pro computers
  • MagSafe may stop charging on 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro computers when lid is closed and system is shut down

We expect ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.1 to see an official public launch next week.

Related Roundup: macOS Monterey
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Top Rated Comments

RumorConsumer Avatar
7 weeks ago
LETS GET THAT MEMORY LEAK FOLKS
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jon9091 Avatar
7 weeks ago
Quit adding new crap until the old crap is fixed!
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wilburx3 Avatar
7 weeks ago
Hope it fixes the Memory Leaks. Control Center is currently running at 31.63 GB of memory like the finely tuned machine it is.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spainbran Avatar
7 weeks ago
For every Gb of the memory leak, could I at least get 10 emojis?
Haven't seen any new emoji since 2 releases I'm worried ...
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jz0309 Avatar
7 weeks ago

Thank goodness for RC2 as i have had no mobile data since RC1 even though I’m showing full 4G signal
Wow, what modem do you have in your Mac???
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jay_m2107 Avatar
7 weeks ago
thanks for your thoughts everyone, I'm in these forums since quite some time but rarely ever engaged, because most questions are being answered somewhere here ;)

now on the memory leak topic.. I own a 16"MBP M1Pro 32GB 1TB and must say, I really really like this machine, BUT the software/OS is indeed the worst I've witnessed in my last 16years of Apple user experience. don't get me wrong, I still believe they'll manage this at some point, but never have I had such a feeling of "they don't mind" loosing a few customers for now. they'll probably come back. I know creators that are literally not ready to do business right now due to this silly memory leak, in good hopes with this (still) fancy machines.

I'd like to know how many returns Apple will receive during their prolonged refund policy over the holidays. I told myself to wait for the 12.1 to be released. if Lightroom with gpu acceleration on or off is still causing memory outages with my setup, I'll return it. this can't be for a >3,5k€ piece of technology.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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