macOS Monterey 12.1 squishes major charging, trackpad and YouTube bugs

Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.1 software update fixes major bugs that users have been complaining about, including problems related to MagSafe charging, registering trackpad taps as clicks and watching HDR content on YouTube.


  • Monterey 12.1 fixes significant bugs that people have been complaining about
  • It fixes issues with YouTube HDR, trackpad clicks and MagSafe charging
  • The software update is releasing publicly in a matter of days

macOS Monterey 12.1 addresses major complaints

Apple’s changelog accompanying Monterey 12.1 clarifies that the update addresses a few significant bugs that Mac owners have been complaining about for weeks.

One of the fixes addresses problems with MagSafe charging on the new 14-inch and 16-inch Apple silicon MacBook Pros where the notebook wouldn’t charge when completely shut down. Apple has fixed this bug so your computer will continue charging after you close the lid. Read: How to manage settings for external displays on Mac

macOS Monterey 12.1 also squishes a bug with the Tap to Click feature in trackpad settings. When turned on, a trackpad tap registers as a mouse click which saves you from actual clicking. Many people complained about the feature failing to work properly. macOS Monterey 12.1 fixes this annoying bug and makes your trackpad responsive again.

HDR videos on YouTube now play without crashes and kernel panics.

Other macOS Monterey bug fixes

MacRumors provides a brief description of other notable fixes in Monterey‌ 12.1.

It addresses an issue that could cause the Desktop and Screen Saver to appear blank after selecting photos from the Photos library, and it fixes an issue that could cause external displays to not charge some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers when connected to Thunderbolt or USB-C. There’s also a fix for an issue that could cause menu bar extras to be obscured by the camera housing on 2021 MacBook Pro models.

Apple should release macOS Monterey to the public next week.