Download: Apple launches macOS 12.1 and watchOS 8.3
Today, Apple saw fit to officially release macOS Monterey 12.1 and watchOS 8.3 to the general public. The new updates are available on all compatible Mac and Apple Watch models with a host of new features. If you’re not familiar, take a look at the changelog and learn how to install macOS 12.1 and watchOS 8.3 on your compatible device.
Apple releases new macOS Monterey 12.1 and watchOS 8.3 update for compatible Mac and Apple Watch models – Check out the full changelog
The latest macOS Monterey 12.1 update comes nearly five days after the company released an RC version of the firmware to developers. If you are looking to install it on your Mac, you just need to launch System Preferences> Software Update and you are all together. The new macOS Monterey 12.1 brings a slew of new additions to the table like SharePlay, Apple Music Voice Plan, new privacy and safety features for parents in Messages, enhancements in Photos and more. You can check out the full macOS Monterey 12.1 changelog below for more details.
macOS Monterey 12.1 – Requires Restart
macOS Monterey 12.1 adds SharePlay, a whole new way to share experiences with family and friends in FaceTime. This update also includes the Apple Music Voice plan, new safety features for kids and parents in Messages, redesigned memories in Photos, and other features and bug fixes for your Mac.
• SharePlay is a new way to share experiences synced in FaceTime with content from the Apple TV app, Apple Music and other supported apps
• Shared controls give everyone the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward
• Smart volume automatically reduces the sound of a movie, TV show or song when you or your friends are talking
• Screen sharing allows everyone on a FaceTime call to view photos, browse the web or help each other
Apple Music voice plan
• Apple Music Voice Plan is a new level of subscription that gives you access to all songs, playlists and stations in Apple Music using Siri
• Just Ask Siri suggests music based on your listening history and what you like or dislike
• Play it Again allows you to access a list of your recently played music
• Memories has been redesigned with a new interactive interface, new animation and transition styles and several image collages
• New types of memories include additional international vacations, kid-focused memories, trends over time, and enhanced memories for pets
• Communication security setting gives parents the option to enable warnings for children when they receive or send photos containing nudity
• Safety warnings contain useful resources for children when they receive photos that contain nudity
Siri and search
• Extensive guidance in Siri, Spotlight, and Safari Search to help kids and parents stay safe online and get help in dangerous situations
• Digital Legacy allows you to designate people as legacy contacts so that they can access your iCloud account and your personal information in the event of death
• Store tab allows you to browse, buy and rent movies and TV shows in one place
This version also includes the following enhancements for your Mac:
• Hide My Email is available in the Mail app for iCloud + subscribers to create unique and random email addresses
• Stocks allows you to view a ticker’s currency and see year-to-date performance when viewing charts
• Reminders and Notes now allow you to delete or rename tags
This version also includes bug fixes for your Mac:
• Desktop and screen saver may appear blank after selecting photos from photo library
• The trackpad may become unresponsive to taps or clicks
• External displays may not charge some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers when connected via Thunderbolt or USB-C
• Playing HDR Videos on YouTube.com Could Cause 2021 MacBook Pro Computers to Panic
• Menu bar extras may be hidden by the camera body on 2021 MacBook Pro computers
• MagSafe may stop charging on 2021 16 inch MacBook Pro computers when the cover is closed and the system is shut down.
Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For more information about the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:
Along with macOS Monterey 12.1, Apple has also seen fit to officially make watchOS 8.3 available for all compatible Apple Watch models. If you’re looking to give it a boost, just launch the dedicated Apple Watch app on your iPhone and head over to General> Software update. Make sure your Apple Watch is over 50% charged and plugged in. Additionally, it must be within range of your iPhone to complete the setup process.
Similar to macOS Monterey 12.1, watchOS 8.3 is a major update as it extends the functionality of AssistiveTouch. The new addition will allow users to control their Apple Watch using their hand gestures. The new feature will also make its way to older Apple Watch models. For more details, you can see the full changelog for the watchOS 8.3 update below.
watchOS 8.3 includes new features, improvements, and bug fixes, including:
- Apple Music Voice Plan gives you access to all songs, playlists and stations in Apple Music using Siri
- Support for privacy reporting of apps to log data and access to sensors
- Fixes an issue where notifications may interrupt Mindfulness sessions unexpectedly for some users
For more information about the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/HT201222
Apple has also seen fit to release HomePod 15.2 software which adds Apple Music Voice Plan and more. It is available for HomePod and HomePod mini. You can check out the remaining details below.
Software version 15.2 includes support for Apple Music Voice Plan, a new level of subscription designed to access music using Siri, and extends Siri voice recognition to new languages. This update also includes performance and stability improvements.
Apple also released iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to the public, so be sure to check that out as well. That’s all there is to it, guys. What do you think of the latest macOS 12.1 and watchOS 8.3 update? Would you be ready to give the new features a boost? Let us know in the comments.