Apple seeds second developer beta of macOS Monterey

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Apple has given developers the second beta of macOS Monterey to download and install on their test Mac setups.

New betas can be acquired from the Apple Developer Center by any developer enrolled into the test program. A public beta variant would typically follow a brief time after the developer version, downloadable via the Apple Beta Software Program website, but Apple has warned users will have to wait until July before they can get the first public beta.

The first developer beta of macOS Monterey was issued on June 7, shortly after the WWDC 2021 keynote, and alongside the first release of the other milestone operating system releases.

Apple released the second betas of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15 and watchOS 7 on June 24.

The changes arriving in macOS Monterey this fall include the addition of Universal Control, Shortcuts, Quick Note, AirPlay to Mac, Focus modes, and many app updates. FaceTime gains a grid view and Spatial Audio support, iMessage adds new sharing options including SharePlay, Safari gets a facelift and new organization tools, and Live Text support for Photos.

AppleInsider, and Apple itself, strongly suggest users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. It is instead recommended to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data beforehand.

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