Apple has released macOS Monterey beta 1 to developers. The beta build contains all the new features announced during WWDC 2021, including new redesigned Safari, Universal Control, Live Text, Focus, FaceTime improvements, and much more.
The update also features improvements to built-in apps such as Messages, Notes, Apple Maps, as well as various Privacy improvements. Apple has also extended these privacy improvements to iCloud+, its new subscription update which brings features like Privacy Relay and Hide My Email to users. For the first time ever, Apple has also introduced AirPlay to Mac, allow users to AirPlay content from their iPhone or iPad to their Macs. macOS Monterey also finally gets the Shortcuts app, years after it was launched on iOS and iPadOS.
What’s new in macOS Monterey beta 1?
Here are the updated apps and new features that you can try out after installing macOS Monterey beta:
- New Safari design and tab groups
- Notifications improvements
- Shortcuts app
- Universal Control
- AirPlay to Mac
- Live Text
- FaceTime improvements and SharePlay
- Shared with You
- Spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max (M1 Macs only)
Check out our coverage to read more about these macOS Monterey features. We will continue to update this post as newer beta updates are released and new changes and features are discovered.
Is your Mac compatible with macOS Monterey?
A number of old Mac models that supported macOS Big Sur are not compatible with the new macOS update. macOS Monterey is compatible with the following Intel and M1 Macs:
- MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook (early 2016 and later)
- iMac (later 2015 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
- Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
How can you install macOS Monterey beta on your Mac?
It goes without saying that this is a developer beta so try not to install it on your primary Mac. Make sure to back up your data before proceeding.
To download and install macOS Monterey, your Mac must be enrolled in Apple’s beta program. This is done by installing a beta profile using a utility that is downloaded from Apple Developer Center ($99/year). Once you download and install the utility, go to System Preferences > Software Update to download and install the new update. If you are using a portable Mac, make sure that it is connected to a power outlet throughout the update process.
Enjoy testing out the new beta!