In a virtual presentation at the WWDC 2021 conference today, Apple executives outlined the company’s plans for macOS Monterey, the latest major software release for the Mac family of computers.
The new name follows Apple’s California landmark-based naming scheme for recent macOS releases, dating back to the launch of OS X Mavericks in 2013.
As for what’s included in the update, macOS Monterey introduces a new feature called “Universal Control,” which allows users to share control of Mac and iPad devices with a single mouse and keyboard. Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi demonstrated the ability to set an iPad near a Mac, move the cursor of the latter toward the former, and have the iPad automatically recognize it. This makes it possible to directly drag and drop files between the devices, for instance. Apple demonstrated this feature working across an iMac, MacBook, and iPad in concert.
Beyond that, macOS Monterey will make it possible to AirPlay video, audio, documents, and other items from an iPad or iPhone directly to a Mac. The update also brings the Shortcuts feature first seen on iPhones and iPads, allowing users to access automated tasks and workflows on the Mac.
Safari will also receive something of a makeover with Monterey, bringing a thinner and visually cleaner toolbar and more compact tabs. Active tab bars will now house the traditional URL and search bar, and tabs can now be grouped together and accessed through Safari’s sidebar. These tab groups can then be accessed and updated across Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
MacOS Monterey will arrive as a developer beta today and a public beta in July, with a full release coming in the fall.
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