Architecture x86_64, ARM64e
Latest build 21G816
Release date 2021-10-25
macOS Big Sur
macOS Ventura macOS Monterey, or macOS 12, is the eighteenth major release of macOS that was released on 25 October 2021. It was announced on 7 June 2021 at WWDC. It is the final version of macOS to have support for Intel processors without AVX2.
Similarly to what happened in macOS Big Sur, the version number jumped from 12.0 to 12.0.1 ever since the release candidate builds for unknown reasons.
Added the SharePlay feature, which is a screen sharing function for FaceTime.
Added Mic Modes within FaceTime, which adjusts how much ambient sound comes through.
Added portrait Mode within FaceTime, which adds a blur effect to whatever's behind you.
Enhancements to Continuity, which is Apple's technology for seamless integration with macOS and other Apple OSes such as
iOS. Added Shared with You, which adds content shared through iMessage within other apps.
Multiple photos sent in iMessage will now show up in a stacked view.
Compact tab bar and tab grouping in
Safari with version 15. Added Focus, a utility for filtering notifications.
Added Quick Note, an easy way for users to quickly write something down from anywhere within the system.
Added Universal Control, which allows users to use a single keyboard and mouse between devices.
Added AirPlay to Mac, which allows media to be streamed straight from an iOS device.
Added Live Text, an easy way for users to interact with text on an image.
The Shortcuts app, which allows users to create personal shortcuts from their favorite apps.
Updated Maps app with detailed cities, new transit features, and an interactive globe.
Added recording indicator within Control Center, similar to iOS.
Added new privacy measures within Mail.
Added Low Power mode for MacBooks.
Added system-wide translation for text.
macOS Monterey is compatible with the following Macs:
iMac (Late 2015 and later)
iMac Pro (2017)
MacBook (Early 2016 and later)
MacBook Air (Early 2015 and later)
MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and later)
Mac mini (Late 2014 and later)
Mac Studio (2022)
Mac Pro (Late 2013 and later)
Support for the following hardware has been removed:
NVIDIA Kepler GPUs
Intel HD 5300 GPUs