[WWDC 2021] Apple macOS Monterey Features Revealed
Apple has recently introduced the new macOS Monterey, the latest version of their desktop operating system where it comes with features that they’ve said to help you “connect with friends and family, work smarter across devices, and stay focused”.
Apple macOS Monterey
Through the latest version, Safari now comes with a new tab design that lets you see more of the page as you scroll. A new tab bar takes on the colour of the webpage and combines tabs, the tool bar, and the search field into a single compact design.
With Tab Groups, it offers you to easily save and manage tabs. In addition to that, it also sync across Mac, iPhone, and iPad so that you can continue wherever you left off.
Next is Shortcuts, where it aims to help users automate everyday tasks to maximize productivity. Similar to the experience on iPhone and iPad, Shortcuts on Mac allows you to complete tasks with the app that you use the most. It comes with pre-built actions designed just for mac where you can instantly share files, make animated GIFs and more.
You can also use the Shortcuts Editor on Mac to customise shortcuts to match your needs. The feature is integrated throughout macOS which includes the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free with Siri.
Notes now offers new features that help you stay organised, collaborate and create notes (of course) from anywhere. Quick Note is a new way for you to jot down notes on any app or website. You can also add links from an app to the Quick Note to create context, even on a website in Safari or an address in Maps.
In addition to that, users can worth through projects in Notes with friends or colleagues as you can mention, see everyone’s edits in the new Activity View and categorise their Notes with tags to quickly and easily find them in the new Tag Browser and in tag-based Smart Folders.
FaceTime now comes with a suite of new audio and video features. The company has said that with spatial audio, voices in a FaceTime call “sound like they are coming from where the person is positioned on the screen”. Voice Isolation also ensures that your voice is clear and with the use of machine learning, it eliminates background noise.
Not to forget, Portrait mode taps into the Apple Neural Engine in the MI 1 chip to blur the user’s background, giving a bokeh effect.
With SharePlay, it enables users to share their music, TV shows, movies, projects, and more while on a FaceTime call. With an API built in, third-party developer can bring their own apps right into FaceTime.
Aside from that, Share with You makes it easy to locate content that’s shared through Messages, including photos, videos, articles, and more right from the Shared with You tab within Photos, Safari, Apple Podcasts, Apple News, and the Apple TV app.
Universal Control lets you work with a single mouse and keyboard as well as move between Mac and iPad for a seamless experience with no setup required. You can even drag and drop content back and forth between devices. It’s great for sketching a drawing with Apple Pencil on iPad and placing it into a Keynote slide on the Mac.
Users can now play, present, and share through AirPlay to Mac, from the latest movies and games to vacation photos and presentation from your iPhone or iPad right to your Mac’s Retina display. Mac’s sound system can also be used as an AirPlay speaker so you can play music or podcasts on your Mac, or use your Mac as a secondary speaker for multiroom audio.
The developer beta of macOS Monterey is available to Apple Developer Program members starting from today. A public beta will be available for Mac users starting next month. If you’re wondering, macOS Monterey will launch this fall as a free software update.
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