Apple today released the eighth version of the macOS Monterey developer beta. This eighth beta was released one week after Apple released the developer beta seven. If you are a developer or want to test out all the new features of macOS Monterey, now you can download and install the developer beta 8 through Apple Developer Center. Public beta can be expected within a few days after the developer beta via Apple Beta Software Program.
According to Apple’s release notes, the struggle developers had to face when MacOS Monterey installs into a virtual machine has been fixed with this update. However, Apple strongly recommends that users don’t install the betas on their primary devices as data loss or other issues are possible. Even if you are a developer, make sure you should have sufficient backups of data before updating.
Apple is expected to release macOS Monterey to the public this fall with loads of new and long-awaited features such as Universal Control and Shortcuts. With the universal control feature, you can seamlessly use a single mouse, trackpad, and keyboard across multiple apple devices (Mac and iPad). You can even connect to more than one Mac or iPad. Shortcut app that people have been using on iPhones and iPads for years is now available on macOS Monterey. That is one of my favorite features in this new release because the Shortcut app can save hours by automating things that I do every day.
A few more other exciting features of macOS Monterey are, AirPlay to Mac, Safari with a ton of new features and completely new design, Facetime has gained spatial audio, SharePlay and screen share, System-wide Quick Note, Live Text support in Photos, new features in Maps, new privacy features in Mail and so much more.
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