MacOS Monterey released, notable FaceTime enhancements and quick notes added | TECH +

On October 25th (US time), Apple officially released the latest version of macOS, “macOS Monterey.” The release version is 12.0.1, with major updates to FaceTime audio / video and Safari, as well as new features such as centralized mode and quick notes that follow iOS / iPad OS 15. On the other hand, “Universal Control,” which enhances seamless integration with the iPad, was not included in this release.

Compatible models of macOS Monterey are as follows.

  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015 or lower)
  • MacBook Air (Early 2015以降)
  • MacBook (Early 2016以降)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • iMac (Late 2015 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2014 or later)

macOS Monterey The first thing to notice is that FaceTime audio and FaceTime audio have been significantly enhanced. In addition to the addition of new functions such as spatial audio and portrait mode, the call function itself has also been expanded, such as “separate voice mode” to reduce noise and “wide spectrum mode” to pick up ambient sounds. Has been done.

In Safari, the tab group function has been added, the UI of the tab bar has been improved, and security has been enhanced such as a new privacy protection function.

With the newly added “Intensive Mode”, you can create an environment where you can concentrate on your work by setting to receive only the notifications you need. This has the same effect as the new features in iOS / iPad OS 15. A “quick memo” feature that allows you to launch memos from anywhere has also been added to macOS Monterey, following iOS / iPadOS 15.

At the time of the announcement of macOS Monterey, “Universal Control”, which strengthens the cooperation with the iPad, attracted attention. This is a function that allows you to share one mouse, keyboard, etc. between Mac and iOS devices, and move the cursor, drag and drop, etc. across devices. However, this universal control wasn’t included in the initial release of macOS Monterey and will be available in a later update.

“SharePlay,” which was planned to be installed in FaceTime and allows you to watch the same videos and music as the other party, will also be provided in a later update.

Other details of what’s new in macOS Monterey are summarized on the next page.

If you are using macOS Mojave or later on a compatible model, select “About this Mac”-> “Update Now” from the macOS menu, or update to macOS Monterey from “Software Update” in System Preferences. be able to.

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