Mac os 12: macOS Monterey is compatible with these computers

New features, compatibility, release date

macOS 12 Monterey received its first preview during the WWDC21 keynote. The Mac software focuses on productive features, with a new Shortcuts app, Universal Control, AirPlay to Mac, Safari updates, and more. Here’s everything about Apple’s latest macOS update.

Table of contents

  • New features in macOS 12 Monterey
    • Universal Control
    • Shortcuts app on macOS 12 Monterey
    • FaceTime and SharePlay
    • AirPlay to Mac
  • Redesigned Safari
  • macOS 12.1 features
  • macOS 12.2 features
  • macOS 12.3 features
  • macOS 12.4 features
  • macOS 12.5 features
  • macOS 12 Monterey exclusive features to the M1 Macs
  • macOS 12 Monterey device compatibility
  • Hands-on with macOS 12 Monterey
  • Release date: When will macOS 12 Monterey come out?
    • macOS 12 Monterey: here’s how to install the public beta version

New features in macOS 12 Monterey

With the release of the macOS 11 Big Sur in 2020, Apple gave the Mac software a nice redesign. With a neo-skeuomorphic UI, macOS Big Sur introduced a new Control Center and Notification Center, revamped Safari and iMessage apps, and more.

Now, with macOS 12 Monterey, Apple is refining the Big Sur experience with a redesigned Safari, Universal Control feature, AirPlay to Mac, and much more.

Universal Control

macOS 12 Monterey brings Universal Control, which allows the user to easily use an iPad with a Mac, as the keyboard and mouse seamlessly move over to each device.

It’s possible, for example, to drag a Procreate logo on the iPad to a Final Cut project on the Mac. It uses Bluetooth beaconing, peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, and the iPad’s touchpad support to allow the devices to know they’re closer to one another.

  • Universal Control was worth the wait – here’s how it’s changing the way I work

Shortcuts app on macOS 12 Monterey

Apple called Shortcuts the future of automation on Mac, and the first steps in Monterey are part of a multi-year transition. Automator will continue to be supported in this release and Automator workflows can be imported into Shortcuts.

The app on the Mac looks similar to Shortcuts on the iPad. You can build new shortcuts, access existing shortcuts, and more. The Shortcuts app on the Mac also integrates with Spotlight, appears in Finder, supports multitasking, and increases with the Menu bar. 

FaceTime and SharePlay

FaceTime is receiving a lot of love from Apple with macOS 12 Monterey. The video call app will feature, for example, Spatial Audio. With this function, Apple says it creates a “sound field that helps conversations flow as easily as they do face to face.”

Another function available is Portrait mode in calls. With this on, you can blur your background and put the focus on yourself. It works exactly as it does on the iPhone camera.

With Voice Isolation mode it isolates your voice from all the other noises and with Wide Spectrum mode, you can hear anything that’s happening in your friend’s surroundings.

FaceTime is also receiving the Grid view feature and with a FaceTime link, you can invite friends into a FaceTime call with a web link on Windows and Android devices.

With SharePlay, here’s everything you can do:

  • Watch together: Bring TV shows and movies to your FaceTime call
  • Listen together: Share music with friends
  • Shared music queue: When listening together, anyone in the call can add songs to the shared queue
  • Share your screen: Bring web pages, app, and more into your conversation
  • Synced playback: Pause, rewind, fast-forward, or jump to a different scene while in perfect sync with everyone else
  • Smart volume: Dynamically responsive volume controls automatically adjust audio so you can hear your friends even during a loud scene or climactic chorus
  • Multiple device support: Connect over FaceTime on the iPhone while watching video on the Apple TV or listening to music on the HomePod
  • Connect through audio, video, and text: Access the group’s Message thread right from the FaceTime controls and choose the mode of communication that matches the moment

AirPlay to Mac

AirPlay to Mac lets your Mac be an AirPlay destination, so you can quickly play content from your iPhone on your Mac’s display.

For the first time, the Mac can be used as a speaker for multiform audio, just as the HomePod can. AirPlay works both wirelessly and wired using USB. A wired connection is useful when you want to ensure that there’s no latency or you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.

Safari also received a major redesign with macOS 12 Monterey. Here are some of the functions coming to the new Safari:

Streamlined tab bar: The streamlined tab bar takes up less room on the page and adjusts to match the colors of each site, extending your web page to the edge of the window.

Integrated Smart Search field: Search from your active tab with the integrated Smart Search field. Click the site’s name to expand and reveal the page’s full address or type your search right into the name field.

Tab groups: Intelligent Tracking Prevention now also prevents trackers from profiling you using your IP address.

Redesigned tabs: Tabs have a rounder and more defined appearance, making them easier to work with. Tabs fluidly adapt as you add more, shrinking or stretching to fit the page.

Redesigned sidebar: Manage your tab groups, bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared with You links in the redesigned sidebar.

iCloud Private Relay: iCloud Private Relay is a service that lets you connect to virtually any network and browse with Safari in an even more secure and private way. It ensures that the traffic leaving your device is encrypted so no one can intercept and read it. 

Safari’s new design caused a lot of controversies, which Apple slowly addressed, although it will remain with a new UI.

macOS 12.1 features

Here’s everything new with macOS 12.1:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 allow 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

macOS 12.

2 features

Different from macOS 12.1, macOS 12.2 didn’t bring lots of new features. This software update includes a security fix for a serious Safari flaw along with a few other improvements and fixes.

The Safari exploit can leak users’ browsing history as well as Google account IDs. Another fix with macOS 12.2 improves scrolling in Safari with ProMotion on the new MacBook Pro. There’s also a new, native Apple Music app.

macOS 12.3 features

macOS 12.3 finally brings the long-awaited Universal Control feature. Here’s everything new with this update:

  • Universal Control;
  • 40+ fresh emoji;
  • New, non-binary Siri American voice;
  • Dynamic head tracking for Spatial Audio;
  • Add notes to saved passwords in Safari;
  • Support for the PS5 DualSense adaptive trigger;
  •  ScreenCaptureKit framework for “high-performance screen recording.”

macOS 12.4 features

macOS 12.4 brings small improvements compared to the previous versions of the operating system:

  • Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your Mac and automatically delete older ones
  • Support for Studio Display Firmware Update 15. 5, available as a separate update, refines camera tuning, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing.

macOS 12.5 features

macOS Monterey 12.5 includes enhancements, bug fixes, and security updates.

  • The TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game already in progress and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
  • Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page

macOS 12.5 is likely the latest macOS 12 Monterey update before Apple releases macOS 13 Ventura.

macOS 12 Monterey exclusive features to the M1 Macs

With macOS 12 Monterey, Apple is focusing on a bunch of features only for the Mac with its own silicon. here’s everything exclusive to the M1 Mac mini, M1 MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Pro, and 24-inch iMac:

Portrait Mode on FaceTime: Only M1 Macs on macOS Monterey will be able to blur the background of a video call using FaceTime.

Maps: Interactive globe and detailed new city experience will only be available in the M1 Macs running macOS Monterey. With these two features, users will be able to interact with a 3D globe and explore cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London with detail for elevation, roads, trees, buildings, landmarks, and more.

Object Capture: With macOS Monterey, users will be able to turn a series of 2D images into a photo-realistic 3D object that’s optimized for AR in just minutes using the power of Mac.

Siri: Neural text-to-speech voice in more languages is only available to the M1 Macs. With macOS Monterey, this feature will be available in more languages: Swedish (Sweden), Danish (Denmark), Norwegian (Norway), and Finnish (Finland).

On-device dictation: Keyboard dictation helps protect the user’s privacy by performing all processing completely offline. With macOS Monterey, users can dictate texts of any length without a timeout.

Previously, the Live Text in Photos feature, which gives users the ability to interact with text in photos, such as copy and paste, lookup, and translate, was only available for M1 Macs, but then Apple made it available to Intel Macs as well.

macOS 12 Monterey device compatibility

Here’s the full list of Macs compatible with macOS Monterey:

  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • Early 2015 and later MacBook Air
  • Early 2015 and later MacBook Pro
  • Late 2014 and later Mac mini
  • Late 2015 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • Late 2013 and later Mac Pro

Hands-on with macOS 12 Monterey

Watch our hands-on video walkthrough as we step through over 100 macOS Monterey changes and features.

Release date: When will macOS 12 Monterey come out?

macOS 12 Monterey was introduced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference,

The macOS 12 Monterey developer beta program started on the same day as the keynote, June 7. On the 1st of July, Apple released the public beta of macOS 12 Monterey.

Apple officially released macOS 12 Monterey on October 25.

macOS 12 Monterey: here’s how to install the public beta version

Here’s how to install macOS 12 Monterey public beta:

  1. Make a fresh backup of your Mac in case you want to downgrade your device at any point
  2. On your Mac, head to Apple’s public beta website
  3. Click Sign In in the top right corner and sign in if you’re not already
  4. On the Guide for Public Betas page, choose macOS
  5. Scroll down under the Get Started section and click enroll your Mac
  6. Scroll down again and click Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility
  7. Head to your Downloads folder and you should see the macOS Beta Access Utility
  8. Double-click it to mount the utility disk image, now double-click the Access Utility. pkg to install the macOS beta profile on your Mac
  9. The System Preferences > Software Update window should launch automatically with the macOS 12 Monterey beta appearing, click Download (almost 12GB in size)
  10. When the download is complete, you’ll see a new window to install macOS Monterey, click Continue

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macOS Monterey is the 17th and current major release of macOS, Apple Inc.’s operating system for Macintosh computers, and is the successor to macOS Big Sur.

  • OS X 10.2 or later
  • 8GB of memory.
  • 26GB available storage on macOS Sierra or later*.
  • Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.
  • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

For details about your Mac model, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and choose About This Mac. These Mac models are compatible with macOS Monterey:

  • MacBook introduced in 2016 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2015 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2014 or later
  • iMac introduced in late 2015 or later
  • iMac Pro introduced in 2017 or later
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later


• Wireless Networks

Step 1

Click the Wi-Fi icon near the right-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen. In the menu that appears, click “Turn Wi-Fi On“.

Step 2

In the same menu, select “NAU“.

Step 3

Enter your NAU UserID in the “Username” field and your NAU Password in the “Password” field. Then, click “Join“.

Step 1

Click the Wi-Fi icon near the right-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen. In the menu that appears, click “Turn Wi-Fi On“.

Step 2

In the same menu, select “NAU-Guest“.

Step 3

A page will appear with information regarding the network. If a page does not automatically display, open a web browser. Please read the “Terms and Conditions” and click the “Accept” button at the bottom of the page.


Step 1

Click the Wi-Fi icon near the right-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen. In the menu that appears, select “eduroam”.

Step 2

  • For Students and Student Employees without an Exchange account, login using your NAU school email in the format of [email protected] in the Username field. In the Password field, insert your NAU Password.
  • For Student Employees with an Exchange account, login using your Student Employee email in the format of [email protected] in the Username field. In the Password field, insert your NAU Password.
  • For Employees (Faculty, Staff, Affiliate, and etc), login using your primary work email usually in the format of [email protected] in the Username field. In the Password field, insert your NAU Password.

Then select “Join”.

Step 1

Click the “Apple” icon on the far left-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen. Click “System Preferences” in the menu.

Step 2

Select “Network

Step 3

Click the “Wi-Fi” option in the left-hand list, and click “Advanced.”

Step 4

Click “NAU” in the “Preferred Networks” list to select it, and click the minus (“-“) sign below the list. Then, click “OK“.

Step 5

Click “Apply“.

Step 6:

Click the drop-down menu next to “Network Name” and click “NAU” in the menu.

Step 7

Enter your NAU UserID in the “Username” field and your NAU Password in the “Password” field. Then, click “Join“.

• Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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• macOS Monterey (12) Fundamentals

Step 1

Open the “Finder

Step 2

Select the “Go” tab in the navigation bar. Select the “Connect to Server…” option at the bottom of the drop down menu. In this case the hotkey command () + K can be used to open the “Connect to Server” window.

Step 3

In the “Server Address” field, type in your desired server. Select the “Connect” option.

Step 4

Under “Connect as:” select “Registered User”. In the “Name” field, type your NAU username, which is demonstrated by abc123. In the “Password” field, type your NAU password. Select “Connect”, you are now connected to the network.

Step 1

Begin by selecting the “Apple” icon on the far left-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen.  Then, select the “Log Out” option to successfully logout.

Step 1

Begin by selecting the “Apple” icon on the far left-hand side of the menu bar at the top of the screen. Then, select the “System Preferences…” option.

Step 2

Next, select the “Security & Privacy” Icon.

Step 3

Ensure you are in the “General” tab. Then, select the checkbox next to “Require password after sleep or screen saver beings” to enable a prompt for password after sleep or screen saver.

Step 4

After completion of Step 3, there should be a check mark within the box as seen in the picture below. Next, set the time limit for how long after the sleep or screen saver begins to require a password by selecting the “Blue Arrows” which are highlighted. For this example, we selected “immediately” from the drop down menu.

Step 1

Open “Finder.

Step 2

In the Finder window, open the Bonsai Drive. For help mapping to your Bonsai drive, refer to our Bonsai support page.

Step 3

After “Connected As:” check to make sure that it is you that is connected. If not, disconnect, then reconnect using your NAU User ID.

In the Bonsai Drive, locate and select the folder containing the first letter of your NAU User ID. (In this example, we select folder “A” because we are using “abc123” as the NAU User ID.)

Step 4

Select the folder labeled with your NAU User ID. It should be the only folder within this window.

The window will open the contents of your Bonsai drive. *Leave this window open, and move it to the side until Step 8.

Step 5

On the navigation bar, select the “File” tab. In the drop down menu, select “New Finder Window”.

Step 6

Open the “Documents” folder.

*Documents is being used as an example. Replace it with your desired location.

Step 7

In the Documents window, command () + click to select the items you want to back up. Ctrl + click or right-click on the items. In the drop down menu that appears, select “Copy”.

Step 8

Return to the Bonsai Drive window from Step 4. Ctrl + click or right-click the white space inside the window. In the drop down menu that appears, select “Paste”.

Step 1

Click on the Apple Icon in the upper left of the screen. Select the “System Preferences” option.

Step 2

In the System Preferences menu, select “Network”.

Step 3

On the Wi–Fi menu, select “Advanced…”.

*Note: In this tutorial, we find the MAC Address for your wireless adapter. You can choose to find the “Ethernet” MAC Address following the same steps.

Step 4

Select “Hardware”.

Step 5

The MAC Address is the string of numbers located after “Mac Address:”.

Step 1

Select the Apple symbol from the navigation bar.

Step 2

Select “System Preferences…” from the drop down menu.

Step 3

In System Preferences, select “Internet Accounts”.

Step 4

Scroll down, select “Add Other Account…”.

Step 5

Select “LDAP account”.

Step 6

  • Type “NAU LDAP” into the “Descriptions” field.
  • Type “ou=people,dc=nau,dc=edu” into the “Search base” field.
  • In the “Scope” field, make sure the selection is “Subtree”.
  • Type “” into the “Server Address” field.
  • Type “636” into the “Port” field.
  • Make sure to check the “Use SSL” check box.
  • Select “Simple” for the “Authentication” option.


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Communicate, share, create and create – on a new level. Discover impressive FaceTime enhancements. Try out the completely redesigned Safari browser. Work in a new way with the powerful features of Universal Control and Shortcuts. Stay in the moment with Focus. And that’s not all.


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Learn more about microphone modes

Microphone modes

In Voice Isolation mode, the microphone connects to machine learning algorithms to distinguish and block out distracting sounds, such as a barking dog or the sound of a TV in the next room. So your voice is loud and clear.

In “Wide Spectrum” mode, your FaceTime interlocutors will hear everything around you. This mode is ideal for music lessons and for all occasions when it is important to hear the sound around you.

All tags

Any combination of

Do everything
in its own way.

Learn more about the Teams app

Teams app

The future of the Mac isn’t just bright, it’s bright. The Commands app works in the same way as Automator. You can now translate pre-built Automator workflows into shortcuts.

Create additional folders in which files will be grouped by images, audio, and other content types. 8

Drag an image to this command to send it to the selected chat. 8

Simply select an image and add text to it.

With one click, you can open frequently used applications side by side.

Mail has become even more secure.

Learn more about privacy protection in Mail

Mail Privacy Shield

Mail Privacy Shield hides your IP address so senders can’t associate it with your other online activities or track your location. Moreover, they will not be able to find out when you opened their letter and whether you opened it at all.

Updated AirPods sound.

With support for spatial audio and dynamic head tracking, AirPods deliver a cinematic surround sound experience. The Spatial Audio feature creates surround sound when AirPods Pro or AirPods Max are connected to Mac models with an M1 chip. And with dynamic head tracking, audio is always heard from the direction of your Mac—and it changes as you turn your head. Therefore, the noise of the engine in the film will come from the car on the screen, and the dialogue will sound exactly where the actors are.

Energy saving mode.

Extend your MacBook’s battery life with Power Saving Mode, which helps you manage apps and processes that consume battery power. This mode delivers power exactly where you need it to improve efficiency. 12

System translation.

Translate text exactly where you see it – this is available almost everywhere, even in third-party applications. Just select the desired fragment, right-click on it, select “Translate”, and you will immediately see the result.

Apple ID.

With the “Recovery Contact” feature, you can easily reset your password and regain access to your account. And the new Digital Legacy Program* allows you to designate people who can access your account in the event of your death.

See the full list of new features in macOS Monterey.

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    Late 2015 and newer models

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  • Mac Pro
    Late 2013 and newer models

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  • iMac Pro
    Models 2017 and up
  • Mac mini
    Late 2014 and newer models

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  • MacBook Air
    Early 2015 and newer models

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  • macbook
    Early 2016 and newer models

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  • Macbook Pro
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macOS Server – Features – Apple (UK)

macOS Server’s advanced features make it easy to manage enterprise hardware and software.

Profile manager.

Multitasking Wizard.

Profile Manager makes it easy to deploy, configure, and manage Mac computers and iOS devices in your company. You will be able to control everything in a single center: create profiles to set up mail accounts, calendars, contacts and messages; configure system settings; apply restrictions; set policies for passwords and codes, and much more. The Profile Manager makes it easy to distribute apps owned by institutions, as well as books purchased from the App Store through the Bulk Purchase Program. It also gives users access to a self-service web portal where they can download and install new configuration profiles, reset their passcodes, and remotely lock and wipe their Mac, iPhone or iPad in case of loss or theft. In addition, Profile Manager allows you to actively install enterprise apps on macOS and media content on iOS, including PDF, EPUB, and iBooks Author files.

Features for iOS and macOS

In macOS Server, apps purchased through the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) can be assigned to devices rather than a user’s Apple ID. This allows you to install VPP apps on iOS devices and Mac computers without setting up an Apple ID or sending invitations. You can also transfer apps already installed on the device to the user’s Apple ID without deleting the app or user data.

Features for iOS

Applications from the App Store can be installed on users’ devices, even if access to the store itself is closed. You can download both newly assigned applications and their updates in this way. And those configured to use Kerberos will automatically launch VPN access for a single application when a user logs in. You can enroll your iPad and iPhone in the Device Enrollment Program (DEP) and uninstall the Move to iOS app. Network usage rules allow each group or company to specify how managed applications can use the network. For example, you can prevent an app from connecting to the Internet over a cellular network or while roaming.