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MacOS Monterey Unveiled at WWDC: Here’s What We Know So Far

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Apple’s new universal control feature in MacOS Monterey will allow you to move content between devices using your mouse and keyboard.


This story is part of Apple event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

In its World developer conference On Monday, Apple executives unveiled MacOS Monterey, the latest version of the Mac operating system, also known as MacOS 12. (See everything announced at WWDC 2021 here.)

MacOS Monterey still last year MacOS Big Sur. Includes new features like Universal controlThat will allow Mac users to use a single mouse and keyboard to move between their Mac and iPad for a seamless experience. It also includes AirPlay and a redesigned Safari browser with better syncing features between devices. The operating system also added several of the new features found in iOS 15, such as spatial audio in FaceTime and Apple’s new Focus feature.

Apple’s MacOS, first released in 2001, powers the company’s computers like MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac. When it was known as OS X, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs touted that it served as the basis for his iOS software for the iPhone. Over the years, Apple has focused on creating applications and features for its MacOS that complement its other devices, including its iTunes software at first. It then brought more mobile-centric apps like its iMessage communication service, FaceTime video chat, and the App Store, which first launched on iOS.

Despite Apple’s popularity and the success of its iPhones and iPads, the company’s Mac computers still only represent less than 10% of computers in use today.

However, the M1 chip is helping to change that. Apple said fans bought so many new M1 Macs that it helped push the company’s desktop and laptop revenue to an all-time high of $ 9.1 billion. during the first three months of the year. That was 70% more than in the same period last year. “Keep in mind that in the five years before the pandemic, Mac was essentially a flat business, growing 1% a year on average.” Loup Ventures Analyst Gene Munster wrote in May.

CNET’s Ian Sherr contributed to this report.

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