The macOS Monterey announced for WWDC 2021 has been completed after ten beta versions and will soon be made available to all owners of a compatible Mac for download. The new version will not be available on all devices that have received macOS Big Sur, and some functions will not be available on Intel Macs.
macOS Monterey: These Macs are compatible
After Apple removed some older devices from the compatibility list with the major update to macOS Big Sur, Monterey continues . So both the 2015 Macbook, the 2013 Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro (Late 2013) as well as the iMacs from 2014 officially stay on macOS 11 Big Sur. This brings the update journey to an end for the devices in question.
The following Macs are still compatible with macOS 12:
- iMac (Late 2015) and newer
- Mac Pro (Late 2013) and newer
- iMac Pro (2017) and newer
- Mac Mini (Late 2014) and newer
- Macbook Air (Early 2015) and newer
- Macbook (Early 2016) and newer
- Macbook Pro ( Early 2015) and newer
What innovations does macOS 12 Monterey bring?
With macOS Monterey, Apple is bringing its platforms even closer together. A large part of the new macOS functions correspond to the features that Apple brought or will bring to iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 in September.
These include Shareplay in Facetime, 3D audio for more spatial Sound and the quick notes feature. The focus function, 3D map material for a few regions and real-time text recognition in photos, live text are also part of the update.
Apple also brings the shortcuts introduced with iOS 13 to the desktop and Safari also gets a major update. The Universal Control function (“seamless control”) announced in June also comes with Monterey. This allows users to: work with a mouse and keyboard and thus switch smoothly between Mac and iPad without having to set up the function. According to Apple, it is also possible to drag and drop content between macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 devices.
macOS Monterey : Not all functions available for Intel Macs
According to Apple, some of the functions are only available with new computers can be used by the in-house processors. Intel Macs are left out.