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Apple releases sixth macOS Monterey public beta ahead of fall release

Apple on Tuesday pushed out a public beta version of macOS Monterey for testing ahead of an expected release this fall.

The latest beta version includes the same list of bug fixes, performance improvements and system tweaks that rolled out with the developer beta on Monday.

Members of the Apple Beta Software Program can update to the latest macOS Monterey test version through System Preferences. Those new to the program must first install a configuration profile to gain access to the software.

Apple's next-generation macOS operating system introduces a slew of new features including Universal Control, Shortcuts, Quick Note, AirPlay to Mac and Focus. First-party apps are also receiving a set of fresh functions like SharePlay for iMessage, Safari tab organization, Live Text for Photos, new grid views and Spatial Audio for FaceTime, and more.

Certain features, like Universal Control, are not currently available for testing and might not launch when the operating system debuts this fall.

AppleInsider suggests against installing beta software on primary machines, as the releases are sometimes unstable and can lead to a variety of problems including data loss. Beta software should be deployed on secondary Macs and only after important data has been backed up to a separate device. Apple offers similar guidance.