Apple announces new Mac desktop operating system

Apple has revealed that their new operating system for their Macs is the MacOS Monterey.

Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed that the system will be available “this fall”, so anytime between the start of September and December. There are early releases happening throughout this month for specific users that will test it before it goes officially live. It has been recommended that users wait until the operating system is officially launched, so that all of the bugs and issues should be resolved, making the experience better for you and safer for your devices.

What can users expect from the new operating system? 

Apple has released a statement regarding what is to be expected from the new system “macOS Monterey comes with new ways for users to connect, get more done, and work more fluidly across their apple devices” This new update appears that it will appeal to those who have multiple apple products, and here is why;

A new tool is being introduced called “Universal Control” this will allow iPad users to control their iPad with a Mac keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. When this feature is used, you will be able to move your curser between both of your devices (left and right on the screen) and you can drag and drop items such as images, videos, and documents. Overall, this is making it easier to get daily tasks completed with no extra hassle. This new tool can be used by up to three devices making it ideal if you have multiple Apple products which a lot of people today own.

Which devices support Universal Control? 

Here is a list of the devices that are supported by the new update.

  • MacBook pro (2016 and later) 
  • MacBook (2016 and later) 
  • MacBook air (2016 and later) 
  •  iPad Air (3rd generation and later) 
  • iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, Late 2015 
  • iMac Pro  
  • Mac mini (2018 and later) 
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later) 
  • iPad pro 
  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • iPad (6th generation and later) 
  • iMac Pro (2019) 

Facetime is getting some updates which are guaranteed to make a lot of people’s lives happies. They are introducing spatial audio support, making it feel like no matter where the user is positioned, their audio should feel like it is coming from their position.

There is also voice isolation which is one of the biggest pros to the new update. This feature helps to block out any background noise which will ultimately make your voice more clear and easy to understand.

Wide Spectrum is another feature which is basically the opposite to voice isolation, but they are meant to work well together. Wide Spectrum is meant to enhance certain noises like ambient sounds and voices.

Thanks to Neural Engine, MacBooks and Macs that use Apple’s M1 chip will be able to blur out their backgrounds. A lot of other video applications have been able to do this for a while, so it is nice that FaceTime is introducing this feature.

Another pro that I am sure will attract many people’s attention, is that you can connect on Facetime with anyone, even if they are using a Windows or Android device.

Safari is also getting further updates making your browsing easy and organised. Tab groups are being introduced so you can save groups of tabs together for easy access. You can organise these however you want, and you can even name them, making them clear to understand. This feature is going to be very useful for people who tend to have a lot of tabs open at one time.  

Apple are also bringing a new way to listen to music called “Airplay”, this new feature means that users can broadcast their video or music to their Mac from their iPhone, iPad, or another Mac.

Apple are constantly releasing new information regarding this new update, so for the latest news regarding this, check back at our blogs as we will keep you updated when we know more.  

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