Apple’s pushed its macOS Monterey 12.5 update to Mac users.
macOS Monterey 12.5 is a milestone update though it’s much smaller than your standard release. That being said, it does bring an enhancement, some bug fixes, and security patches to compatible Mac models.
With that in mind, we want to take you through everything there you need to know about the macOS Monterey 12.5 update and its release for Mac.
In this guide we’ll take you through the macOS Monterey 12.5 update’s performance, the current list of macOS Monterey 12.5 problems, the best places to find feedback about macOS Monterey 12.5, and more.
- macOS Monterey 12.5 Review
- macOS Monterey 12.5 Problems
- macOS Monterey 12.5: What’s New
- macOS Monterey Downgrade
- Next macOS Update
We’ll start out with our impressions of macOS Monterey 12.5 update’s performance.
macOS Monterey 12.5 Review
If your Mac is currently running macOS Monterey 12.4, you’ll still see a fairly large download.
The exact size of the macOS Monterey 12.5 download varies based on Mac model and the version of macOS it’s currently running. If you’re currently running an older version of macOS, your download could be pretty substantial.
If your Mac’s running macOS Monterey 12.4, the installation should take less than 15 minutes to complete. It took around 10 minutes on a MacBook Pro (2017).
For more on the macOS Monterey 12.5 download and installation, take a look at our guide.
We’ve been using the macOS Monterey 12.5 update on a MacBook Pro (2017) for several days now and here’s what we’ve learned about its performance thus far:
- Battery life is stable.
- Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
- Bluetooth is working normally.
- 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.
- macOS Monterey 12.5 currently feels as fast as macOS Monterey 12.4 did.
If your Mac is struggling on macOS Monterey 12.4 or an older version of macOS, you might want to install macOS Monterey 12.5 on your Mac today.
If you need help making a decision, check out our reasons to, and not to, install macOS Monterey 12.5.
macOS Monterey 12.5 Problems
macOS Monterey 12.5 is causing problems for some Mac users.
We’re hearing about installation issues, abnormal battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth issues, Touch ID issues, and others.
If you download macOS Monterey 12.5 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 customer 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.
macOS Monterey 12.5 Update: What’s New
Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) typically bring a mix of enhancements and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what Mac users get from macOS Monterey 12.5. That being said, macOS 12.5 is a pretty minor upgrade.
Here are the changes on board macOS Monterey 12.5:
- TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game already in-progress and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
- Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page
macOS Monterey 12.5 also brings 50 new security enhancements and you can read more about those over on Apple’s security site.
You Can Downgrade from macOS Monterey 12.5
If you run into problems on macOS Monterey 12.5 you can downgrade your Mac’s software back to an older version if you think it might 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.
macOS Monterey 12.5 will likely serve as the last milestone upgrade for macOS Monterey.
Apple’s working on its new macOS 13 Ventura operating system and it’s currently in beta ahead of an official release in the fall. As of right now it looks like the final release will come sometime in October.
If you really want to get your Mac off of macOS Monterey, but don’t want to drop back to older software, you might try moving your device to the macOS Ventura beta right now.
Install macOS Monterey 12.6.6 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey 12.6.6 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.6.6 has 20+ security patches on board making it an extremely important release from Apple. If you want to learn more about these changes, head on over to Apple's website.
As for older macOS updates, macOS Monterey 12.6.5 brought a fix for an actively exploited vulnerability. If you want to learn more, head over here.
macOS Monterey 12.6.4 brought important security patches to Macs as well. For more about these fixes, check out Apple's guide.
macOS Monterey 12.6.3 delivered 14 new security updates. If you want to dig into these patches, head right here.
The macOS Monterey 12.6.2 update brought several security patches to Macs and you can read more about them right here on Apple's security site.
macOS Monterey 12.6.1 update had three very important security patches on board while macOS Monterey 12.6 brought eight security patches to Macs. For more information about these changes, check out Apple's rundown.
macOS Monterey 12.5.1 had a pair of important security patches on board and you can read about them in detail right here.
The macOS Monterey 12.5 update brought 50 important security patches with it and they will help protect you and your device from harm. If you want to learn more, head over to Apple's website.
macOS Monterey 12.4 delivered 50+ security patches. If you're interested in the details, you'll want to head on over to the company's security site.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brought two security patches to Mac users. You can read more about them over on Apple's website.
Apple's macOS Monterey 12.3 update had 40+ security patches on board. If you want to learn more about these upgrades, you can check the particulars over on Apple's security site.
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch to Mac users. You can learn more about the patch over at Apple's security site.
Apple's macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you're interested in the details, head on over to Apple's website to learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 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 when you 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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