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Apple has reached its sixth beta round for macOS Monterey, as the operating system gets ever closer to its fall release.
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.
The fifth beta for macOS Monterey was issued by Apple on August 11, following the fourth from July 27. The third was issued on July 14, the second on June 28, and the first on June 7. A final version is expected for release this fall.
macOS Monterey includes quite a few changes to the operating system, including Universal Control with other Apple hardware, Shortcuts, Quick Note, AirPlay to Mac, and Focus. On the app-specific side, the updates include SharePlay for iMessage, Safari tab organization, Live Text support for Photos, and grid views and Spatial Audio for FaceTime.
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.
Update: Apple subsequently released a public beta version of the operating system on Tuesday.