Apple has introduced the subsequent model of macOS at its WWDC keynote, after exhibiting off iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. It’s calling it Monterey, in preserving the California location-based theme it’s had since 2013.
The corporate is promising much more interoperability with iOS, together with the power to share a keyboard and mouse between a Mac and an iPad. The characteristic is just like the one discovered on Logitech keyboards and mice, letting you seamlessly transfer your cursor and recordsdata between a Mac and iPad.
Macs are additionally getting the power to behave as an AirPlay goal, permitting you to make use of your Mac’s display screen and audio system to play content material out of your iPhone and iPad, and even one other Mac in case you’re feeling spicy.
Apple has additionally introduced that Macs might be getting the Shortcuts automation software. The acquainted editor from iOS might be out there, however with actions particularly for macOS. Apple may even be together with pre-built Shortcuts for what it thinks might be frequent duties. Customers will be capable of entry Shortcuts from virtually anyplace on the system, together with in Highlight, from the menu bar, and utilizing Siri. Individuals who have already been automating their Macs might be glad to listen to that Shortcuts will be capable of import present Automator workflows (although Apple does make it clear that there might be a transition between the 2 over the approaching years).
As well as, Safari is getting a little bit of a redesign, with the tabs and tackle bar all shifting up into the identical area, and the tabs getting a brand new, floating look that’s considerably harking back to Firefox’s latest re-design. Apple has additionally launched tab teams to the browser. After all, tab teams are synced between your Mac and iOS units, however they’re additionally straightforward to share — Apple demoed dragging a gaggle right into a Mail window, which created a bulleted listing of hyperlinks for the recipient.
Apple can also be bringing lots of the options introduced for iOS and iPadOS 15 to the Mac, corresponding to FaceTime’s group watching/listening skills, Fast Word, and extra.
That is the primary model of macOS that’s being introduced after the rise of Apple’s M1-powered Macs, the primary of which was introduced in November 2020. Apple’s plan is to have its total line swap over to its customized chips by the tip of subsequent yr, so evidently macOS Monterey would be the working system shepherding Macs via a lot of the transition.
To see which of the earlier Macs Monterey will run on, you possibly can see our article breaking down the system compatibility of all the things Apple introduced in the present day.