Apple Seeds macOS Monterey 12.2 Release Candidate to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the release candidate version of an upcoming macOS Monterey 12.2 update to developers for testing purposes, with the new software coming one week the second beta and more than a month after the release of macOS Monterey 12.1.

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Registered developers can download the beta through the Apple Developer Center and after the appropriate profile is installed, betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences. Apple has also released a macOS 11.6.3 release candidate version for Big Sur users.

We don't yet know what's included in ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.2, and no new features were found in the first beta. We'll update this article should anything new come up in the second beta.

As of now, there's one major feature that Apple has yet to add to ‌macOS Monterey‌ -- Universal Control. ‌Universal Control‌ is designed to allow a single mouse and trackpad to be used with multiple Macs and iPads, and Apple has said it will be launching this spring.

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Yrmmont Avatar
18 weeks ago

Monterey is a disaster. My $4k maxed out MacBook Pro can't connect to an external display without kernel panicking 0 to 3 times per day upon wake from sleep. Was worse before Monterey 12.1 but bad now. It was the first thing mentioned in the MacRumors 3-month review video. Complete dumpster fire of a user experience - machine is otherwise fast and perfect, but has this one critical flaw. Apple support senior advisors can't get any information about the issue. It's been around since February 2021 with M1 Macs for two operating systems now. I have two users on my computer (one for work, one for home) and every time my machine kernel panics for no reason it wipes out everything I'm doing. I feel like I'm in middle school again, feeling bad because I forgot to compulsively save a file I was working on and lost progress. This isn't an Apple experience.

Apple, can you please stop shipping garbage beta software? Can you please stop announcing future software features that put pressure on you to release those instead of a stable OS? I'm pretty sure the language that I really want to use to describe this is against the rules here at MacRumors but I can't fully describe anyway how disappointed I am with this embarrassing, miserable approach to software. Apple had time to add a bunch of idiotic notifications that distract people. Then they spent a bunch of time adding controls for the idiotic notifications so we can be distracted less. How about starting with a solid OS and then playing games with new features that are terrible for users. Jesus this is awful. For the first time in my life my PC is way more reliable than a Mac. I can't connect my Mac to one external peripheral, the most basic one used with a notebook computer, without constant crashes. The blue screen of death has nothing on this.
Maybe you shouldn’t download betas.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Carlson-online Avatar
18 weeks ago
Native Apple Music yay
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cloudpusher Avatar
18 weeks ago

This has nothing to do with betas. He's commenting on an article that is about the impending release of another Monterey build, that hopefully does something to fix the disaster that is Monterey.
Calling Monterey a disaster is overdoing it. I have zero issues at work or at home.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macar00n Avatar
18 weeks ago

It's been a huge disaster for me as well. No real features added either. Will not rush to update in the future. Glad that I did not update my second iMac.
Maybe I'm a grumpy old man but I blame social media. The dopamine hit addiction is spreading to other areas - the average user won't be excited about an OS if it's rock-solid, stable, reliable, and still extensible with any software one wants. That's boring and unsexy. No, it has to have piles of idiotic features that most people won't use, that bog the system down unnecessarily, that increase its complexity and require effort to maintain, and that invariably will get cut down the road. But at least it creates a tiny dopamine rush in the average user when all this garbage is released, at the expense of the feelings of a comparatively small group of nerds who just want their computer to work, and are good at troubleshooting their way around Apple's software issues anyway. So embarrassing for Apple and so unfortunate for its users that require stability of the OS over how shiny and new it feels every year. What a reward for buying a $4k laptop, having to deal with this. My bad for the rant I just can't believe how bad this is.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macar00n Avatar
18 weeks ago
Monterey is a disaster. My $4k maxed out MacBook Pro can't connect to an external display without kernel panicking 0 to 3 times per day upon wake from sleep. Was worse before Monterey 12.1 but bad now. It was the first thing mentioned in the MacRumors 3-month review video. Complete dumpster fire of a user experience - machine is otherwise fast and perfect, but has this one critical flaw. Apple support senior advisors can't get any information about the issue. It's been around since February 2021 with M1 Macs for two operating systems now. I have two users on my computer (one for work, one for home) and every time my machine kernel panics for no reason it wipes out everything I'm doing. I feel like I'm in middle school again, feeling bad because I forgot to compulsively save a file I was working on and lost progress. This isn't an Apple experience.

Apple, can you please stop shipping garbage beta software? Can you please stop announcing future software features that put pressure on you to release those instead of a stable OS? I'm pretty sure the language that I really want to use to describe this is against the rules here at MacRumors but I can't fully describe anyway how disappointed I am with this embarrassing, miserable approach to software. Apple had time to add a bunch of idiotic notifications that distract people. Then they spent a bunch of time adding controls for the idiotic notifications so we can be distracted less. How about starting with a solid OS and then playing games with new features that are terrible for users. Jesus this is awful. For the first time in my life my PC is way more reliable than a Mac. I can't connect my Mac to one external peripheral, the most basic one used with a notebook computer, without constant crashes. The blue screen of death has nothing on this.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleArticulate Avatar
18 weeks ago

Maybe you shouldn’t download betas.
This has nothing to do with betas. He's commenting on an article that is about the impending release of another Monterey build, that hopefully does something to fix the disaster that is Monterey.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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