5 things to know about the macOS Monterey 12.2 update

Apple has confirmed a new macOS Monterey 12.2 update for Mac.

macOS Monterey 12.2 is official and is in beta testing ahead of its public release for Mac. Like macOS Monterey 12.1, macOS Monterey 12.2 is a landmark release, which means it will likely contain new features, bug fixes, enhancements, and security fixes.

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.2 release date yet, but Mac users who don’t want to wait can download a preview version of the software right now.

With macOS Monterey 12.2 confirmed, we want to walk you through everything there is to know about the next major release of macOS Monterey.

In this macOS Monterey 12.2 guide, we’ll walk you through the known changes in the update, what you can expect from the macOS Monterey 12.2 release date and time, macOS beta information Monterey 12.2, and more.

macOS Monterey 12.2 beta

Apple has offered a beta version of macOS Monterey 12.2 to developers. That hasn’t pushed it to those signed up for the beta software program, but it should happen soon.

A developer account requires you to pay Apple, but the beta software program is free to anyone with a compatible device and a working Apple ID. Most people interested in trying out the new software sooner should download macOS Monterey 12.2 Public Beta as soon as it arrives.

Before you download the beta of macOS Monterey 12.2 on your Mac, note that the preview software is usually plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues can impact the performance of your main applications, your Mac’s battery life, and its overall speed. Most people shouldn’t be using beta software as their daily driver.

While there are some issues that you can fix yourself, other bugs and performance issues will likely require Apple to address later.

If you don’t support the performance of macOS Monterey 12.2 beta on your Mac, you can always go back to stable macOS software.

MacOS Monterey 12.2 beta issues

If you download the beta of macOS Monterey 12.2 and experience any bugs or performance issues, here are some resources that might help you.

Before contacting Apple Support, review our list of fixes for the most common macOS issues. We’ve also published a guide that shows you how to troubleshoot macOS Monterey battery life issues.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, head to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in touch with Apple Support via Twitter or with customer support through Apple’s website.

If you still can’t resolve your issue (s), you might want to make an appointment to see a Genius in your local Apple Store if it’s open.

MacOS Monterey 12.2 release date

Apple has not confirmed a release date for macOS Monterey 12.2 and it will likely remain in testing for several weeks.

For now, we expect the final macOS Monterey 12.2 release to happen in January or February after Apple and beta testers have had ample time to research and research issues.

MacOS Monterey 12.2 release time

We don’t have an official macOS Monterey 12.2 release date, but we do know exactly when Apple will be rolling out the software on any date it chooses.

The official version of macOS Monterey 12.2 will likely be available for download on your Mac around 10 a.m. Pacific.

Keep this in mind if you plan to immediately install the official version of macOS Monterey 12.2 on your Mac.

This is also true for beta versions of macOS Monterey 12.2. We usually get new beta releases on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and they also tend to roll out around 10 a.m. PT.

MacOS Monterey 12.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s Important Updates (xx) usually bring a variety of changes to Macs and that’s what we expect from macOS Monterey 12.2 right now.

The developers are exploring the beta version of macOS Monterey 12.1. So far we’ve learned that Universal Control isn’t on board, which is no surprise given that its release has been pushed back to spring. Again, we expect macOS Monterey 12.2 to arrive in early 2022.

One change that is currently on board is the improvement of ProMotion. 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro users say macOS Monterey 12.2 beta brings “smoother scrolling and Safari performance.”

We’ve also heard that Apple is rebuilding Apple Music as a full native macOS app. It should be music to the ears of Mac users.

Apple may add or subtract from the macOS Monterey 12.2 beta as testing progresses and we’ll let you know if there are any differences between the beta and the final release.

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Install macOS Monterey 12.1 for better security

Install macOS Monterey 12.1 for better security

If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.1 Update immediately.

Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.1 update includes over 40 new security fixes for Macs. You can read all about them on the company’s security site.

macOS Monterey 12.1 also includes important privacy upgrades. The software provides Apple’s communications safety features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.

If you are upgrading from macOS Big Sur, you will get over 30 macOS Monterey 12.0.1 security fixes in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can find out more on Apple’s website.

In addition to these fixes, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.

If you are an Apple Card user, you will now get a regularly changing security code to use when transacting online.

Apple has also included a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. This will allow you to generate verification codes for improved login security under your passwords.

New message privacy protection prevents senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new record indicator in Control Center for apps that access your mic.

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