Apple has released macOS Monterey, version macOS 12.0.1, for the general public.
Any Mac that is compatible with macOS Monterey can download and install the update immediately if desired. Users can also stay on their current version of macOS if they want to for now by simply ignoring the update.
MacOS Monterey includes a variety of new features and changes to the Mac operating system, including a redesigned Safari experience with a new tab grouping feature and updated interface, FaceTime group chat network layout, quick notes for quick note-taking from the app, Live Text to select and copy text from images, note tags, FaceTime screen sharing feature, the ability to call Windows and Android users to a FaceTime call via a web connection, universal control for using a single mouse and keyboard on multiple Mac or iPad devices (later update coming), enabling Shortcuts on Mac and updates for photos, music, podcasts, notes, and other built-in apps, along with many minor changes scattered across the operating system.
How to download and install MacOS Monterey
Always back up your Mac using Time Machine before installing any system software updates. Lack of backup can lead to data loss if the update goes wrong for some reason.
- Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”
- Select the desired “Software Update” panel.
- Select update to “macOS Monterey”
- Follow the on-screen instructions when the “Install macOS Monterey” start screen appears to update and install macOS Monterey on the current Mac *
* If you intend to create a macOS Monterey USB boot installation drive, you will want to leave before proceeding with the installation.
Users can also choose to start downloading the macOS Monterey update from the Mac App Store.
The installation of macOS Monterey may take some time to complete, and the Mac will restart several times during the update process. When finished, it will start as usual.
How do I update to the final macOS Monterey update if I’m in beta?
If you are currently in the macOS Monterey beta program and want to update to the final version, you will find the update for the final release of macOS Monterey available in the Software Update.
The final version of macOS Monterey is technically macOS Monterey 12.0.1.
After the final installation of macOS Monterey is complete, you may want to remove the beta profile so that you no longer receive beta updates on your Mac.
Which Macs are compatible with macOS Monterey?
The list of MacOS compatible computers with Monterey 12 includes: iMac (2015 and later), Mac Pro (late 2013 and later), iMac Pro (2017 and later), Mac mini (late 2015 and later), MacBook (2016) . and later), MacBook Air (2015 and later) and MacBook Pro (2015 and later).
Problems and errors updating and downloading macOS Monterey
Some Mac users have found that the update is not available immediately or may receive an error message when they try to download the update. If this happens, simply waiting for Apple servers to be less overloaded will solve the download problem.
If you have any particular issues with updating or installing macOS Monterey, be sure to share these experiences in the comments and we will work on researching and documenting troubleshooting steps for them.
MacOS Monterey Release Notes
The release notes for macOS Monterey 12 are:
Did you install macOS Monterey right away? How did it go? Let us know your experiences in the comments.
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