How to download macOS Monterey when it drops on Oct. 25

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Apple is launching macOS Monterey (known to some as MacOS 12) on October 25, the California giant announced during its Unleashed event on Tuesday, October 19.

The release comes just a day before the US roll-out of Apple’s new MacBook Pro models, which will also run on the same version of the operating system.

macOS Monterey, which was first unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference back in June, is the 18th major release of macOS since it debuted in 2021.

Although it will not bring radical changes to the macOS, unlike the previous Big Sur, Monterey features a list of useful tools to make working between Apple devices more fluid.

First off, there’s the Universal Control that enables you to work simultaneously on your laptop, iPhone, iPad, and another Mac.

Focus mode, which debuted on the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 last month, enables you to create different system modes for work, home, vacation, or whatever it is you’re doing, and modify your PC’s notification settings for each one. 

Another is SharePlay, which gives you the ability to listen to music, watch tv, or perform an Apple Fitness+ workout with your friends over FaceTime. In addition, the macOS Monterey will also equip FaceTime with spatial audio for more natural calls.

AirPlay lets you use your Mac’s display to play videos and music from your iPhone and iPad or another Mac, while Shortcuts automate your commonly performed tasks on the device so you can easily launch them in a single click.

The update also features a new Safari browser with a redesigned top bar and tab groups that can also be synced between your Mac and iOS devices.

How to download macOS Monterey

To download the upgrade, first, you must check if your Mac is compatible with macOS Monterey. According to Apple, the new OS can run on the following models:

  • MacBook, early 2016 and later
  • MacBook Air, early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro, early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro, late 2013 and later
  • Mac Mini, late 2014 and later
  • iMac, late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro, 2017 and later

CNET recommends backing up your Mac, just to be sure you won’t lose anything important during the installation.

Next, go to System Preferences > Software Update, and find MacOS Big Monterey. Click Upgrade Now. Same as most macOS updates, the download will start immediately, but may take a while. 

Once the installation is done, restart your computer, and you’re good to go.

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