|Version of the macOS operating system|
|Source model||Closed, with open source components|
|October 25, 2021|
|Latest release||12.6.8 (21G725) (July 24, 2023 )|
|Update method||Software Update|
|Kernel type||Hybrid (XNU)|
|License||Proprietary software with open-source components and content licensed with APSL|
|Preceded by||macOS Big Sur|
|Succeeded by||macOS Ventura|
|Official website||www.apple.com/macos/monterey at the Wayback Machine (archived 2022-10-18)|
|Receiving security updates. Drops support for most Macs released from mid 2013 to 2014, including all Macs with Nvidia GPUs.|
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macOS Monterey (version 12) is the eighteenth 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, and released on October 25, 2021. macOS Monterey was succeeded by macOS Ventura, which was released on October 24, 2022.
The operating system is named after Monterey Bay, continuing the trend of releases named after California locations since 2013's 10.9 Mavericks.
macOS Monterey is the final version of macOS that supports the 2015-2017 MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, 2014 Mac Mini and cylindrical Mac Pro, as its successor, macOS Ventura, drops support for those models.
Monterey introduced several new features and changes, including the following:
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. The new Quick Notes function enables a user to create a note from within any app via system-wide keyboard shortcut or hot corner.
Apple Maps adds a 3D globe, with increased mountain, desert, and forest detail.
Messages supports new features, also introduced in iOS 15, such as "Shared with You" which provides shortcut links to content shared via Messages in other Apple apps such as Safari, Photos, Music, and News.
When multiple photos are sent/received, they are now displayed as a collection instead of multiple messages. A download button is provided to download all photos simultaneously.
Users and developers have reported the following:
See Apple's official list on their website
macOS Monterey drops support for various Macs released from 2013 to 2015, including all Macs with Nvidia GPUs. When Monterey was released, it supported the following Macs:
By using patch tools, macOS Monterey can be installed on earlier computers that are officially unsupported, such as the 2014 iMac and the 2013 MacBook Pro. 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.
|Previous release||Current release|
|Version||Build||Release date||Darwin version||Release notes|
|12.0[a]||21A344||October 25, 2021||21.0.1
Tue Sep 14 20:56:24 PDT 2021
Wed Oct 13 17:33:23 PDT 2021
|12.1||21C52||December 13, 2021||21.2.0
Sun Nov 28 20:28:54 PST 2021
|12.2||21D49||January 26, 2022||21.3.0
Wed Jan 5 21:37:58 PST 2022
|12.2.1||21D62||February 10, 2022||Release notes|
|12.3||21E230||March 14, 2022||21.4.0
Mon Feb 21 20:34:37 PST 2022
|12.3.1||21E258||March 31, 2022||21.4.0
Fri Mar 18 00:45:05 PDT 2022
|12.4||21F79[c]||May 16, 2022||21.5.0
Tue Apr 26 21:08:22 PDT 2022
|21F2081[d]||June 14, 2022|
|21F2092[e]||June 16, 2022|
|12.5||21G72||July 20, 2022||21.6.0
Sat Jun 18 17:07:22 PDT 2022
|12.5.1||21G83||August 17, 2022||21.6.0
Wed Aug 10 14:25:27 PDT 2022
|12.6||21G115||September 12, 2022||21.6.0
Mon Aug 22 20:17:10 PDT 2022
|12.6.1||21G217||October 24, 2022||21.6.0
Thu Sep 29 20:12:57 PDT 2022
|12.6.2||21G320||December 13, 2022||21.6.0
Sun Nov 6 23:31:16 PST 2022
|12.6.3||21G419||January 23, 2023||21.6.0
Mon Dec 19 20:44:01 PST 2022
|12.6.4||21G526||March 27, 2023||21.6.0
Thu Mar 9 20:08:59 PST 2023
|12.6.5||21G531||April 10, 2023||Release notes|
|12.6.6||21G646||May 18, 2023||21.6.0
Mon Apr 24 21:10:53 PDT 2023
|12.6.7||21G651||June 21, 2023||21.6.0
Thu Jun 8 23:57:12 PDT 2023
|12.6.8||21G725||July 24, 2023||21.6.0
Thu Jul 6 22:18:26 PDT 2023
See Apple's main pages for Monterey release notes: for consumers and for enterprise, as well as their current security content page.
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