After last year’s macOS Big Sur, which California “spots” should I visit for the next version of macOS? The answer is Monterey, a small town located in the middle of the coast. Most of the functions of macOS Monterey are focused on collaboration with other Apple devices, which is mainly reflected in a function called “Universal control”. Universal control is basically a software KVM (similar to Logitech’s Flow), allowing your mouse and keyboard to be shared between macOS and iPadOS devices, but of course, the experience will be smoother if it is directly supported by the operating system. In addition to operating the iPad with gestures on the MacBook’s trackpad, it can also drag documents between devices. At the press conference, Craig Federighi demonstrated dragging documents from the iPad on the right, past the MacBook in the middle, and then Put it down on the left and right iMac, as if the three screens are the same device.
Secondly, now macOS can also be used directly as an AirPlay receiver, allowing you to copy your iPad screen to the larger iMac screen, or use the iMac’s speakers to play music.
In the macOS Monterey app, the major change is Safari. In the future, Safari will also include the address bar in the tab bar to further reduce the space used and introduce the function of tab grouping. However, unlike Chrome, the Safari group is located in a separate vertical column on the left, which seems to take up a little space. These groups will be automatically shared between macOS, iPadOS, and even iOS devices. Speaking of iOS, the interface of Safari has also been slightly changed. The tab is moved to the bottom of the screen and will not interfere with the line of sight, and you can directly swipe left and right on the tab to go to other tabs, or It slides up to display all tabs in a grid. The iPadOS and iOS versions of Safari will also share the web extensions of macOS, greatly increasing the usefulness of Safari.
Compared to Big Sur, overall this year is a relatively small update. It is not the major macOS changes that some people are looking forward to, but if you have multiple Apple devices on the desktop at the same time, it should help you work more easily. . Apple is expected to launch a public preview version in July, and it will be officially launched in the fall. If it is as usual, it should be around September.