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5 Things to Know About the macOS Monterey 12.1 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new macOS Monterey 12.1 update for Mac.

Apple’s working on a new version of macOS Monterey. macOS Monterey 12.1 is official and it’s in beta testing ahead of its public release for Macs around the world.

macOS Monterey 12.1 is a milestone release which means it will carry new features, bug fixes, and security enhancements on board.

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.1 release date yet, but Mac users who don’t want to wait can download a pre-release version of the software right now.

With macOS Monterey 12.1 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next major macOS Monterey release.

In this guide to macOS Monterey 12.1 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the macOS Monterey 12.1 release date and release time, information about the macOS Monterey 12.1 beta, and more.

macOS Monterey 12.1 Beta

Apple’s pushed a macOS Monterey 12.1 beta to developers and those enrolled in its Beta Software Program.

A developer account requires you to pay Apple, but the Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. Most people interested in trying the software early should download the public macOS Monterey 12.1 beta.

Before you download the macOS Monterey 12.1 beta onto your Mac, note that pre-release software is typically plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your Mac’s battery life, and its overall speed. Most people shouldn’t use beta software as a daily driver.

While you might be able to fix some issues on your own, other bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.

If you can’t stand the macOS Monterey 12.1 beta’s performance on your Mac, you can always downgrade back to stable macOS software.

Apple is currently on macOS Monterey 12.1 beta 3.

macOS Monterey 12.1 Beta Problems

If you download the macOS Monterey 12.1 beta and run into bugs or performance issues, here are a few resources that could help.

Before you get in touch with Apple support, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Monterey problems. We’ve also released a guide that shows you how to fix macOS Monterey battery life problems.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, head over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or with customer support via Apple’s website.

If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store if it’s open.

macOS Monterey 12.1 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed the macOS Monterey 12.1 release date and it will likely stay in testing for a few more weeks.

As of right now, we expect the final macOS Monterey 12.1 release to happen in late November or December. There’s a good chance the software rolls out alongside iOS 15.2 for iPhone and iPadOS 15.2 for iPad.

macOS Monterey 12.1 Release Time

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.1 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever date it chooses.

The official version of macOS Monterey 12.1 will probably become available to download on your Mac right around 10AM Pacific on release day.

Apple will also release macOS Monterey 12.1 beta updates for developers, and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, around 10AM Pacific as well. The company typically releases new betas every 1-2 weeks.

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install new macOS Monterey 12.1 betas, or the official version of macOS Monterey 12.1, right away.

macOS Monterey 12.1 Update: What’s New

Apple’s milestone updates (x.x.x) typically bring a fairly long list of changes and that’s what we expect from macOS Monterey 12.1 right now.

Developers are digging through the macOS Monterey 12.1 beta and they’ve already found one significant change: SharePlay. Apple also says macOS Monterey 12.1 will bring support for graphics cards that have AMD’s Radeon 6600XT GPU.

Apple could add to, or subtract from, the macOS Monterey 12.1 beta as testing progresses and we’ll let you know if there are differences between the beta and the final release.

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Install macOS Monterey for Better Security

Install macOS Monterey for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey update right away.

macOS Big Sur brings 30+ new security patches to your Mac. 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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