Apple issues fourth developer beta for macOS Monterey

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Apple has provided developers with the fourth beta build of macOS Monterey for testing, ahead of its expected release in the fall.

The newest builds can be downloaded via the Apple Developer Center for those enrolled in the test program, or via an over-the-air update on devices running the beta software. Public betas typically arrive within a few days of the developer versions, via the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Apple issued the third beta on July 14, while the second surfaced on June 28. Apple's first beta for the operating system was on June 7.

The updates in macOS Monterey include Universal Control, Shortcuts, the addition of Quick Note, AirPlay to Mac, Focus, and numerous other app updates. Other changes include iMessage gaining new sharing options including SharePlay, Safari's organization alterations for tabs, Photos gaining Live Text support, and FaceTime adding a grid view and Spatial Audio support.

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.

There has been some confusion about one aspect of the macOS beta. Release notes initially claimed that Universal Control was included in the beta, but has since been stricken from the document.

Find any changes in the new betas? Reach out to us on Twitter at @AppleInsider or @Andrew_OSU, or send Andrew an email at [email protected].

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