macOS Monterey

Apple had a busy day on December 13, 2021, as the company released iOS and iPadOS 15.2. To go along with its mobile operating systems, Apple also released macOS Monterey 12.1, bringing new features to its desktop and laptop OS.

What’s New in macOS Monterey 12.1?

The most exciting new feature offered by macOS Monterey 12.1 is SharePlay, which lets Mac users watch content together through FaceTime. The feature came to iPhone with iOS 15.1, so it’s nice to see it make its way to macOS, especially since its release was delayed.

Overlapping with iOS 15.2, Apple released the Apple Music Voice Plan, which brings you the entire Apple Music library for $4.99 per month. Of course, the drawback here is that you can only control the music with your voice, limiting how you interact with your music.

Another feature that just launched on iOS and iPadOS 15.2 is the Digital Legacy feature, which makes it so you can control what happens to your data after you die. Apple describes it as a feature that “allows you to designate people as Legacy Contacts so they can access your iCloud account and personal information in the event of your death.”

If you’re a big fan of the Photos app on Mac, this update includes a new Memories section in the Photos app.

There are also new features designed to protect minors from nude imagery, improvements to the Apple TV app, and Hide My Email launching in the Mail app for iCloud+ subscribers, and more.

As you might expect, there are plenty of performance fixes and security updates that’ll help keep your Mac safe and secure.

For the complete list of features, you can click “More Info” on the update page on your Mac.

How to Get macOS Monterey 12.1

You’ll need to follow the standard Mac update procedure to get the latest version of macOS Monterey on your computer. Head to System Preferences in the Apple menu, then click “Software Update.” From there, your Mac will check for the update. If it’s available for you (it should be as of this writing), then click “Update Now” to start the update process.

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