macOS Monterey
A version of the macOS operating system
MacOS Monterey wordmark.svg
MacOS Monterey Desktop.png
Screenshot of macOS Monterey in light appearance
DeveloperApple Inc.
OS family
Source modelClosed, with open source components
General
availability
October 25, 2021; 7 months ago (2021-10-25)[1]
Latest release12.4[2] (21F79)[3] (May 16, 2022; 32 days ago (2022-05-16)) [±]
Latest preview12.5 beta 3[4] (21G5046c)[5] (June 14, 2022; 3 days ago (2022-06-14)) [±]
Update methodSoftware Update
Platformsx86-64, ARM64
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
LicenseProprietary software with open-source components and content licensed with APSL
Preceded bymacOS Big Sur
Succeeded bymacOS Ventura
Official websitewww.apple.com/macos/monterey/
Support status
Supported

macOS Monterey (version 12) is the eighteenth and current major release of macOS, Apple's desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Big Sur, it was announced at WWDC 2021 on June 7, 2021,[6][7][8][9] and released on October 25, 2021.[10][11] macOS Monterey will be succeeded by macOS Ventura, which was announced at WWDC 2022 on June 6, 2022.

The operating system is named after Monterey Bay, continuing the trend of releases named after California locations since 2013's 10.9 Mavericks.

Changes

Monterey introduced several new features and changes, including:[6]

Applications

Notes

In the Notes application, users can now apply arbitrary tags to a note (e.g., #cooking, #work); groups of notes with a given tag or tags can be viewed in Smart Folders or a Tag Browser in the sidebar.[21] The new Quick Notes function enables a user to create a note from within any app via system-wide keyboard shortcut or hot corner.[22]

Maps

Apple Maps adds a 3D globe, with increased mountain, desert, and forest detail.[23]

System requirements

macOS Monterey drops support for various Macs released from 2013 to 2015,[24][25] including all Macs with Nvidia GPUs. Monterey runs on the following Macs:

By using patch tools, macOS Monterey can be installed on earlier computers that are officially unsupported, such as the mid-2014 iMac and the 2013 MacBook Pro.[26] Using these methods, it is possible to install macOS Monterey on computers as old as a 2008 MacBook Pro and iMac and 2009 Mac Mini.[27]

Release history

Previous release Current release Current developer release
Version Build Date Darwin version Release notes Notes
12.0 21A344 October 25, 2021 21.0.1
xnu-8019.30.61~4
Tue Sep 14 20:56:24 PDT 2021
N/A Preinstalled on 2021 MacBook Pros
12.0.1 21A559 October 25, 2021 21.1.0
xnu-8019.41.5~1
Wed Oct 13 17:33:23 PDT 2021
Release notes Initial public release
12.1 21C52 December 13, 2021 21.2.0
xnu-8019.61.5~1
Sun Nov 28 20:28:54 PST 2021
Release notes

Security content

12.2 21D49 January 26, 2022 21.3.0
xnu-8019.80.24~20
Wed Jan 5 21:37:58 PST 2022
Release notes

Security content

12.2.1 21D62 February 10, 2022 Release notes

Security Content

12.3 21E230 March 14, 2022 21.4.0
xnu-8020.101.4~2
Mon Feb 21 20:34:37 PST 2022
Release notes

Security Content

12.3.1 21E258 March 31, 2022 21.4.0
xnu-8020.101.4~15
Fri Mar 18 00:45:05 PDT 2022
Release notes

Security Content

12.4 21F79 May 16, 2022 21.5.0
xnu-8020.121.3~4
Tue Apr 26 21:08:22 PDT 2022
Release notes

Security Content

21F2092 June 16, 2022 M2 Macs only
12.5 beta 3 21G5046c June 14, 2022

12.0 was pre-installed on 2021 MacBook Pros and Apple advised those with the version to be updated to 12.0.1.

Known problems

Users and developers have reported:

References

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