macOS Monterey is now available for public beta testers

in macOS edited July 2021
Apple released the first public beta of macOS Monterey on Thursday, only one day after releasing the other public betas.

macOS Monterey is now available for public beta testing
macOS Monterey is now available for public beta testing

The first public beta of macOS Monterey is likely identical to the second developer beta. The public builds can be acquired from the Apple Beta Software Program web portal.

The new operating systems were announced during Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). New features focus on socializing, device customization, and Focus. The second developer beta unlocked SharePlay, a new feature in FaceTime that enables users to share video and music content during a call.

Testers running macOS Monterey can try out the Shortcuts app with Automator actions import and shell scripts. Other new features include the ability to AirPlay content from an iPhone to the Mac and Live Text in Photos.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly recommend users don't install the betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, as there is the remote possibility of data loss or other issues. Instead, testers should install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to make sure there are sufficient backups of important data before updating.

Keep up with everything Apple in the weekly AppleInsider Podcast -- and get a fast news update from AppleInsider Daily. Just say, "Hey, Siri," to your HomePod mini and ask for these podcasts, and our latest HomeKit Insider episode too.If you want an ad-free main AppleInsider Podcast experience, you can support the AppleInsider podcast by subscribing for $5 per month through Apple's Podcasts app, or via Patreon if you prefer any other podcast player.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    wwinter86wwinter86 Posts: 49member
    Build number?
  • Reply 2 of 6
    So sad. I can’t try it with mine.  :(

    I’m going to try to see if it works on mine as a VM on Parallels Desktop. 
    edited July 2021
  • Reply 3 of 6
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 1,025member
    Boot from an external drive and keeps the internal with the current release.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    davgregdavgreg Posts: 1,025member
    Already hating the new tab system. It creates a problem where there was none.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Fidonet127Fidonet127 Posts: 500member
    Ok, they added Shortcuts to the Mac, however where is the Mail related shortcut actions?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    You can create calendar events to automatically run shortcuts on the Mac. Create an calendar event, then choose, alert, custom. There choose open file, go to iCloud/Shortcuts, then choose your shortcut. Importing weather data in Numbers using a shortcut puts each weather data as a column, not a row like in iOS 14. Mail rules will not run Shortcuts directly, only AppleScript.

    I'm finding I like the new tabs as I can put my research of subjects in their own tab, which declutters things.
    edited July 2021
Sign In or Register to comment.