macOS Monterey Launched: Safari Improvements, Control Between Mac and iPad...
At the WWDC 2021 event, Apple officially announced a new version of macOS called Monterey. This version does not bring too many interface changes, instead, Apple focuses on improving the user experience, adding a small feature as well as improving the Safari browser.
The most notable change on macOS Monterey is the Universal Control feature. With this feature, users can control iPad with the keyboard and trackpad of the Mac. This feature requires no setup and will automatically activate when it detects that there are any iPads nearby. The experience of moving the mouse pointer and using the keyboard between Apple devices is extremely smooth, with almost no lag.
In addition, users can also take advantage of Universal Control to transfer files between devices without any connection cables, just drag and drop files from one device to another.
AirPlay to Mac
The new version of Monterey brings a pretty useful feature, AirPlay to Mac. Users can AirPlay media content from iPhone or iPad directly to Mac devices just like when using Apple TV. AirPlay to Mac allows users to use the screen of Macs to play videos, presentations or any media content from iPhone/iPad without any other connection.
Apple has dedicated a whole presentation about the new Safari browser on macOS Monterey. On the new version, Safari has changed the user interface with a completely new tab bar, integrating the address bar, search bar and currently used tabs into a single tab. The new Safari can also customize the color of the UI based on the content of the web page displayed.
The new Safari browser focuses and tabs currently in use, thereby saving bandwidth and memory.
macOS Monterey continues to bring the Shortcuts application on iOS to the macOS operating system. Just like on the iPhone, Mac users can automate specific tasks and launch them with a single click. Presets available from Automator can also be switched to Shortcuts for easier customization, or else you can still choose to use Automator as before.
In addition to new macOS-specific features, the Monterey version also brings a few new features that appear on iOS and iPadOS 15, such as the Shared with You feature, which is a collection of new features. interior. Content is shared with the user himself through Messages, including photos, videos, news articles, ... or FaceTime with the SharePlay feature...
Focus is a new feature that allows macOS to automatically filter out unwanted notifications based on user activity.
Live Text, one of the new features on iOS and iPadOS 15, also appears on macOS Monterey. Live Text will use machine learning to automatically detect text in any image, including phone numbers, web addresses, home addresses, etc., and can be highlighted to copy/paste in a flexible way.
macOS Monterey will support both Intel and M1 Mac devices. Currently, the beta has been released to developers, the official version will be released by Apple soon this fall. Below is a list of Macs that support updating to Monterey.
- iMac - from Late 2015 onward
- iMac Pro - from 2017 onward
- MacBook Air - from Early 2015 onward
- MacBook Pro - from Early 2015 onward
- Mac Pro - from Late 2013 onward
- Mac mini - from Late 2014 onward
- MacBook - from Early 2016 version onwards
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