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5 Things to Know About the macOS Monterey 12.2 Update

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Apple’s released its macOS Monterey 12.2 update and the software brings some important changes to Mac.

macOS Monterey 12.2 is a milestone release, but it’s much smaller than your typical milestone upgrade. It carries bug fixes and security patches on board, but it doesn’t have any known features on board. macOS Monterey 12.2 is the second milestone upgrade for macOS Monterey.

With that in mind, we want to take you through everything there you need to know about the macOS Monterey 12.2 update and its release for Mac.

In this guide we’ll take you through the macOS Monterey 12.2 update’s performance, the current list of macOS Monterey 12.2 problems, the best places to find feedback about macOS Monterey 12.2 problems, and more.

We’ll start out with some quick impressions of macOS Monterey 12.2 update’s performance on Mac.

macOS Monterey 12.2 Review

If your Mac is currently running macOS Monterey 12.1, you’re still going to see a fairly large download. For instance it’s a 1.94 GB download for MacBook Pro (2017) users

The exact size of the macOS Monterey 12.2 download varies based on your Mac model and the version of macOS it’s currently running.

If your Mac is running macOS Monterey 12.1, the installation should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It took around 13 minutes on a MacBook Pro (2017).

For more on the macOS Monterey 12.2 download and installation, take a look at our guide.

We’ve been using the macOS Monterey 12.2 update on a MacBook Pro (2017) for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is currently stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working normally.

App Performance

  • Third-party apps including Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are working fine at the moment.
  • First party apps like Safari and Podcasts are also stable.

Speed

  • macOS Monterey 12.2 feels as fast as macOS Monterey 12.1 did.

If your Mac is struggling on macOS Monterey 12.1 or an older version of macOS, you might want to install macOS Monterey 12.2 on your Mac today.

If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons to, and not to, install the macOS Monterey 12.2 update.

macOS Monterey 12.2 Problems

The macOS Monterey 12.1 update is already causing problems for some Mac owners.

We’re hearing about installation issues, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, abnormal battery drain, Wi-Fi problems, lockups, freezes, and crashes.

If you download macOS Monterey 12.2 onto your Mac and you run into bugs or performance issues, here are a few resources that could help.

Before you get in touch with Apple support, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common macOS Monterey problems. We’ve also released walkthrough that guides you through 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 12.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) typically bring a fairly long list of changes, but macOS Monterey 12.2 isn’t your typical milestone upgrade.

Again, macOS Monterey 12.2 doesn’t have any known features on board. Instead, it’s focused on fixing issues and improving security.

The macOS Monterey 12.2 should patch up an issue with Safari that leaked users browsing history and Google ID. The issue was first discovered by FingerprintJS.

Unfortunately, one feature that was promised before the end of the year, Universal Control, isn’t on board macOS Monterey 12.1. On its macOS Monterey website, the company says it expects Universal Control to roll out sometime in the spring of 2022.

Apple says macOS Monterey 12.2 also includes security updates for Mac. You can read about those over on the company’s security site.

You Can Downgrade from macOS Monterey 12.2

If you run into problems on macOS Monterey 12.2, you can downgrade your Mac’s software back to an older version if you think that could help.

There is no time frame for this to expire so if you decide you need to move your Mac back to older software, it’s fairly easy to do if you are prepared. Here’s our guide to downgrade and it will help you understand the process and make the move.

What’s Next

Apple’s working on a new version of macOS Monterey.

macOS Monterey 12.3 is currently in beta testing. The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date yet, but it should drop sometime in the spring.

If your problems on macOS Monterey 12.2 are really bad, you might try downloading the macOS Monterey 12.3 beta onto your Mac right now.

For more on macOS Monterey 12.3 and the beta, have a peek at our walkthrough. For more about the macOS Monterey 12.3 release date, check out our guide.

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Install macOS Monterey 12.2 for Better Security

Install macOS Monterey 12.2 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey 12.2 update right away.

macOS Monterey has 13 security patches on board. If you're interested in the details, head on over to Apple's website to learn more.

Apple's macOS Monterey 12.1 update included 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 included some important upgrades to privacy. The software delivered 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 also 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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