Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.1 update could have a huge impact on your Mac’s performance. While some of you should install the software today, others are better off waiting to move up from macOS Monterey 12.0.1, macOS Monterey 12.0, or another version of macOS.
macOS Monterey 12.1 is out of beta and available to download. The new software is compatible with all Mac models capable of running macOS Monterey. Most Mac models that were able to run macOS Big Sur can run macOS Monterey, but some older Mac models have been left behind.
The macOS Monterey 12.1 update is chock full of changes including upgrades to Photos, SharePlay, Apple Music Voice Plan, and a whole lot more.
The macOS Monterey 12.1 update requires a massive download. It’s a huge download for Mac owners moving their device up from older versions of macOS Monterey and even bigger for those moving up from older software. Keep that in mind if you need to use your Mac for work or school. The update could take quite a bit of time to complete.
Those of you dealing with issues on older versions of macOS could see a huge turnaround after installing macOS Monterey 12.1. We’re already hearing about positive changes. That being said, we’re also hearing about various bugs and performance problems so you’ll want to take your time.
If you install macOS Monterey 12.1 on your Mac, and you run into issues, you can downgrade your Mac’s software in an attempt to improve its performance. Unlike iOS and iPadOS, the macOS downgrade is always open.
If you’re currently debating a move to macOS Monterey 12.1, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on older macOS Monterey software, macOS Big Sur, or whatever version of macOS your Mac is currently running, for a little bit longer.
Install macOS Monterey 12.1 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey 12.1 update right away.
Apple's macOS Monterey 12.1 update includes 40+ new security patches to Macs. You can read all about them over on the company's security site.
Microsoft says it discovered a new 'Powerdir' vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows "an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent, and Control (TCC) technology, thereby gaining unauthorized access to a user’s protected data."
Fortunately, Apple patched up the issue in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also includes some important upgrades to privacy. The software delivers Apple's communication safety features for kids. You'll find these features in the Messages app, in Siri, in Spotlight, and in Search.
If you're moving up from macOS Big Sur, you'll get macOS Monterey 12.0.1's 30+ security patches in your update. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.
In addition to those patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions.
Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.
New Mail Privacy Protection helps prevent senders from tracking your Mail activity and there's a new recording indicator in Control Center for apps that are accessing your mic.
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