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5 Things to Know About the macOS Monterey 12.5 Update



Apple’s confirmed a new macOS Monterey 12.5 update for Mac.

macOS Monterey 12.5 is official and it’s in beta testing ahead of its public release. macOS Monterey 12.5 is a milestone release which means it could carry new features, bug fixes, enhancements, and security patches on board.

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.5 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 12.5 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 12.5 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the macOS Monterey 12.5 release date and release time, information about the macOS Monterey 12.5 beta, and more.

macOS Monterey 12.5 Beta

Apple’s pushed a macOS Monterey 12.5 beta to developers and those enrolled in the 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 new software early should download the public macOS Monterey 12.5 beta.

Before you download the macOS Monterey 12.5 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 12.5 beta’s performance on your Mac, you can always downgrade back to stable macOS software.

Apple is currently on macOS Monterey 12.5 beta 4.

macOS Monterey 12.5 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed the macOS Monterey 12.5 release date and it will likely stay in testing for a little bit longer. At this point we expect the software to drop sometime in July alongside iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6.

For more about the macOS Monterey 12.5 release date, check out our guide.

macOS Monterey 12.5 Release Time

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.5 release date, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever date it chooses.

The official version of macOS Monterey 12.5 will probably become available to download on your Mac right around 10AM Pacific. Keep this in mind if you plan to install the official version of macOS Monterey 12.5 on your Mac right away.

This is also true for macOS Monterey 12.5 beta releases. We typically get new betas every week or two and they also tend to roll out around 10AM Pacific.

macOS Monterey 12.5 Update: What’s New

Apple’s milestone updates (x.x) typically bring a fairly long list of changes and that’s what you can expect from macOS Monterey 12.5 right now.

Developers are digging through the macOS Monterey 12.5 beta and we’ll let you know if they find anything substantial.

Apple could add to, or subtract, from the macOS Monterey 12.5 beta as testing progresses and we’ll let you know if there are differences between the beta and the final release.

macOS Monterey 12.5 Beta Problems

If you download the macOS Monterey 12.5 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 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.

4 Reasons Not to Install macOS Monterey 12.4 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install macOS Monterey 12.4 for Better Security

Install macOS Monterey 12.4 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the macOS Monterey 12.4 update right away.

macOS Monterey 12.4 delivers a whopping 50+ new security patches. These will help protect you and your device from harm.

If you're interested in exactly what Apple's patched up, you'll want to head on over to the company's security site.

As for older macOS updates, 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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