Apple seeds first public beta of macOS 12 Monterey

Earlier this week, Apple seeded the first public betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 to the public beta testers out there in the wild. Unfortunately, macOS 12 Monterey did not make the initial cut. But now Apple’s here to fix that issue.

For folks who are ready to try out macOS 12 ahead of its public launch later this year, the first public beta is now available to download and install. You’ll need to be properly registered as part of the public beta program to get the new software. If you aren’t already registered, you can do so here.

If you are registered and have your device(s) ready to go, you can download the pre-release software as an over-the-air (OTA) update via the Software Update tool in System Preferences.

macOS Monterey beta

This is the part where we tell you that the first beta of any prerelease software is probably pretty rough. Even the public beta. As such, you probably don’t want to install this on a daily driver. The prerelease software is probably not quite ready for daily use on a piece of machinery that’s your one-and-only thing to get stuff done on.

That being said, if you are going to try it out, here’s what’s new, at least in brief, in macOS 12:

What’s new in macOS Monterey

The new features, briefly

  • The new software supports updated FaceTime with SharePlay
  • Shortcuts make the leap to Mac
  • Universal Control makes it possible to use a single mouse and/or keyboard with multiple devices at once
  • AirPlay to Mac is finally a thing
  • Safari now supports a major redesign (again), and offers Tab Groups and a new tab toolbar for easier access
  • Extensions are improved in macOS Monterey

The new public beta is available now.