You can also utilize it to keep your system secure.
In either case, you can use the CleanMyMac X app to clean up and optimize right before the update, which may prevent some conflicts or slowdowns.
macOS Monterey Features
There are several subtle changes and improvements, but we shall stick to some significant feature additions here.
It is worth noting that some features are exclusive to Apple M1 macs, and we will be mentioning them separately at the bottom of this article.
FaceTime has received the much-needed upgrade — the ability to invite anyone on the web to join in with the FaceTime call.
So, you can continue using FaceTime even with your friends outside the Apple ecosystem.
With the new feature SharePlay, you can now share your video/audio streams while in a FaceTime call. This should help you watch movies with other people.
A new portrait mode also focuses on you and blurs the background, which is limited to Apple M1 devices.
In addition to these improvements, spatial audio in video calls should add an immersive experience. You will need to have audio equipment that supports spatial audio to make use of it.
Shared with You in Messages
It is easy to lose track of what files, photos, links, and other content are shared with you through messages.
Hence, a new “Shared with You” section has been added to all the supported applications to make it easy to organize and catch up with content shared.
You can find the shared links in your Safari browser, shared photos in the Photos app, and so on.
So, you no longer have to open up the messenger to scroll through the conversations to find every piece of shared content.
Shortcuts on macOS
To help you streamline the workflow, the new macOS update now includes a “Shortcuts” app.
It helps you automate certain tasks that would save you a lot of time. You can add a series of actions as shortcuts and access it through the dock or Siri.
For instance, if you want to set a few things to stop distractions, you can do that with a single click.
You can also customize and re-arrange the order of shortcut actions to suit your workflow.
Improved Safari Web Browser
While Safari is well-regarded for its user experience and privacy, it should prove to be more useful with the macOS Monterey update.
It now lets privacy-conscious users hide your email by generating random email addresses that forward things to your primary inbox.
Other improvements include a redesigned tab bar and an integrated smart search field.
Also, to mimic one of the most popular chrome extensions, HTTPS everywhere, Safari automatically connects you to the HTTPS version if available.
Live Text for Photos
Whenever you interact with a photo with text in it, you can directly copy the content or search for it online. Extracting texts from images should be a breeze with this feature.
It is worth noting that it is only available for M1-powered systems.
Usually, you have the Do Not Disturb mode enabled and notification disabled with a typical focus mode.
With macOS Monterey, you can have multiple focus modes and add different filters to them. For instance, if you enable focus mode for work, you can only allow notifications from the relevant applications.
This should come in incredibly handy when you switch from working on your computer to using it for entertainment or other personal tasks.
Universal Control Support
Even if Apple devices offer features to stay connected in the Apple ecosystem, a single keyboard/trackpad couldn’t work with multiple devices at a time.
You can use the same control hardware to move between an iPad and a Mac while transferring contents.
Even though Apple’s maps have fallen behind Google’s map, they offer something unique this time.
With the macOS Monterey update, you get a new 3D experience in maps and have an interactive globe to explore.
Also, more transit features and information has been added to help you keep up with the commute.
Exclusive M1 Mac Monterey Features
If you already have an M1-powered Mac, you can access more features. Some of them are:
Portrait mode in FaceTime app to blur your background
Live text in photos
Interactive globe in Apple Maps
Detailed city experience in Maps
Neural text-to-speech voice in more languages – Swedish (Sweden), Danish (Denmark), Norwegian (Norway), and Finnish (Finland)