After last week’s big Apple event, this week we saw some of the fruits of the announcements we saw there, and Apple released macOS Monterey and the new MacBook Pro models and the third generation AirPod that came into the hands of customers.
With the new MacBook Pro models in the wild, we learn more about the engraved display with ProMotion, the impressive M1 Pro and M1 Max chips and more. And as Apple moves forward with its next set of operating system updates with macOS 12.1 and iOS 15.2, there’s a lot more to come, so read on for all the details on this week’s biggest stories!
Apple releases macOS Monterey with AirPlay for Mac, Live Text, Safari updates, shortcut app and more
With the launch of the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models this week, Apple has released macOS Monterey to the public. The software update has several new features, ranging from AirPlay to Mac to the Delete All Content and Settings option that allows you to restore the Mac to factory settings without having to reinstall the operating system.
Apple has since launched macOS 12.1 beta developers for testing with additional features such as SharePlay and bug fixes.
10 great features of macOS Monterey that are worth upgrading
We’ve put together a list of 10 new macOS Monterey features that are worth upgrading, but keep in mind that some features like Universal Control and SharePlay are only coming in a newer version.
Also keep in mind that some macOS Monterey features aren’t available on Intel-based Macs, such as FaceTime portrait mode and on-device keyboard dictation, probably because Intel-based Macs lack Apple’s Neural Engine.
Practically with the new MacBook Pro
After launching the new MacBook Pro models, we grabbed the 14-inch model and shared the video with our first impressions.
The first reviews of the new MacBook Pro models were also shared by other websites and YouTube channels, with many reviewers agreeing that the new 14-inch and 16-inch models are impressive upgrades with fast performance, extra ports, longer battery life and mini-LED displays. with ProMotion.
IOS 15.1 features: Everything new
In addition to macOS Monterey, iOS 15.1 was released this week, and as usual, there are a lot of new features and changes.
We’ve rounded up everything new in iOS 15.1, including SharePlay, ProRes video recording on iPhone 13 Pro models, the ability to add COVID-19 vaccination cards to the Wallet app, and more.
Apple has also released the first beta version of iOS 15.2 and here’s everything new.
Video comparison: AirPods 3 versus AirPods Pro
With the third generation AirPods headphones now available for purchase, we took a pair and shared a handy video with our first impressions.
The third-generation AirPods headphones have a similar design as the AirPods Pro, but they do not have silicone ear tips and active noise cancellation. Key features include adaptive EQ, surround sound, longer battery life, waterproof MagSafe charging housing and more.
Apple reveals a setting to prevent the Mac application menu bar items from hiding below commas
Apple has shared a new support document that explains how users can ensure that app menu items aren’t hidden behind commas on the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
In a support document, Apple says that users can include a “scale to fit under the built-in camera” to allow the app to adjust the active area of the screen, ensuring that the app’s menu items appear below the comma and are always visible.
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