Apple has announced macOS Monterey at WWDC 2021. The new macOS update comes with a bunch of new features and upgrades. These features will roll out to eligible MacBook models later this year. Some of the previewed features include Universal Control, Shortcuts, AirPlay to Mac, FaceTime improvements, Quick Note, etc. Apple claims that these features add new ways to connect with friends and family and work smarter across devices. One of the new features introduced is SharePlay on FaceTime that lets users share experiences together. Universal Control, on the other hand, lets users switch between devices using a single keyboard and mouse. Let’s take a look at the best macOS Monterey features announced at WWDC 2021.
macOS Monterey features
Apple has announced macOS Monterey at WWDC 2021. The new update for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and other Mac devices rolls out later this year. The developer preview is being rolled out today. Apple announced that the public beta for macOS goes live in July 2021.
The Cupertino-based tech giant introduced some new macOS features at WWDC 2021. One of the highlight macOS features is Universal Control. The new Mac operating system update also comes with Shortcuts and AirPlay to Mac.
Universal Control lets users work with a single mouse and keyboard and move between Mac and iPad. They can drag and drop content back and forth between devices. Craig Fedefrighi, Senior VP of Software at Apple demoed the feature by dragging and dropping files between the iPad, MacBook and iMac.
The new update also brings AirPlay to Mac. Users can present, play, or share content from their iPhone or iPad right to their Mac. The speakers on the Mac can also be used as an AirPlay speaker.
Apple made a bunch of improvements while introducing new features to FaceTime. One of them is SharePlay that lets users share experiences together. Users can share their favourite music, TV shows, movies, and more with friends and family in real-time. FaceTime also supports spatial audio and Voice Recognition. The latter mutes out the background noise helping the user deliver crystal clear sound. It also comes with Portrait mode for FaceTime to blur the background during video calls.
Shortcuts is making its way to Mac after the iPhone. It helps users quickly accomplish tasks with the apps they use the most. Users can also customise shortcuts to match their workflows. Shortcuts is integrated throughout macOS, including the menu bar, Finder, Spotlight, and even hands-free with Siri.
Another key feature introduced to macOS is iCloud+. It combines the iCloud features with additions like Hide My Email, expanded HomeKit Secure Video support, and an innovative new internet privacy service, iCloud Private Relay, at no additional cost.
With every macOS update comes new Privacy-centric features. macOS brings features like Mail Privacy Protection, letting users choose whether emails can collect information about their Mail activity. The Mac recording indicator now shows which app is accessing the device microphone.
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