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Apple issues third developer beta for macOS Monterey

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Apple has handed the third beta for macOS Monterey to developers, with the new build available to download and install onto tester's Macs and MacBooks.

The latest betas and configuration profiles can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center, with subsequent changes available as over-the-air updates on enrolled devices.

After a delay, Apple released a public counterpart on July 1, which is available as a download from the Apple Beta Software Program. It is likely that public beta versions will be released in a timely manner from now on.

The second developer beta for macOS Monterey was issued on June 28, while the first arrived on June 7, shortly after the WWDC keynote.

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