macOS Monterey is the latest operating system for Macs, including MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac minis. Apple released a public beta version of macOS Monterey for testing on Tuesday, ahead of a fall release. The current beta version has the same bug fixes, performance enhancements, and system changes as the developer beta, which was released on Monday. Everyone is welcome to participate in the beta, as long as their device is capable of running and operating macOS 12.
macOS Monterey Public Beta Features
The public beta will include all of Apple’s previously announced features for macOS 12 Monterey, indicating that the operating system is coming very soon. Furthermore, beta testers would get a sneak peek at the new software before it is released to the general public, allowing them to experience and configure it early.
Security features such as iCloud Private Relay and Mail Privacy Protection are included, as well as an updated app tracking feature. Apple’s macOS 12 will also bring updates to Safari, FaceTime, Notes, and other applications.
However, the most popular feature is Universal Control, which allows users to connect their Mac’s keyboard and mouse to another device, such as an iPad. There would be no need to connect the Bluetooth keyboard or mouse to one’s tablet and switch between devices to use it. Furthermore, Apple has enabled AirPlay for the iPhone, allowing it to connect to the Mac without a hiccup.
How to Sign up for macOS 12 Monterey beta
Users who are neither designers nor app developers will be able to sign up for the macOS 12 Monterey public beta. They might do so by simply registering on Apple’s beta website, and they’ll be notified when their device eligible for the beta.
The macOS Monterey public beta can be downloaded from the Software Updates section in the System Preferences.
- Go to beta.apple.com
- Select the macOS tab.
- Click the Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility button.
- From the Downloads window, open the file.
- To start the installer, double-click the package.
When the installer has finished downloading, go to the Software Updates section of System Preferences. To download and install the public beta software, click Update. Your Mac will restart automatically after the software has been downloaded. Restart your Mac if the latest public beta does not appear in the Updates list. After that, go to System Preferences and select the Software Updates pane. Depending on the size of the public beta update, it may take a long time to download. In the Software Updates preference pane in System Preferences, you can check the status.
PS: Create a backup of your Mac before registering for the public beta. That way, if something goes wrong, you can go back to your original system settings and all your current data remains safe.
How to enable Universal Control in macOS 12 Monterey
Universal Control is not yet available for testing, and it is possible that it might not be accessible when the operating system is released this fall. Thankfully, developer Zhouwei Zhang has shared the method for enabling Universal Control support in macOS Monterey beta 5. According to Zhang, who documented the process of adding support for the feature on GitHub, the feature is unreliable and takes a long time to get up and running. Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi must be turned on in order for this feature to work.
— Zhuowei Zhang (@zhuowei) August 28, 2021
Step 1) Download the Ensemble.plist file in your Mac, which the developer has uploaded to his GitHub page.
Step 2) Move this file to the /Library/Preferences/FeatureFlags/Domain/ folder. If you can’t make any changes, try rebooting into recovery mode, disabling System Integrity Protection, and moving the file.
Step 3) Only do this if you’ve disabled System Integrity Protection on macOS; otherwise, restart your Mac and enable the feature to use the new Universal Control feature.
Step 4) On the other Macs near you, go to System Preferences > Displays > Add Display and then click the Link Mouse and Keyboard section.
You can also refer to 9to5Mac’s YouTube video to get a clearer idea about the whole process.
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