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Apple is now on its ninth developer round for macOS Monterey, providing testers with the latest build as it needs an eventual release.
The latest builds can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center for participants in the Developer Beta program, as well as via an over-the-air update for hardware already used for beta software. Public beta versions of the developer builds are usually issued within a few days of their counterparts, and can be acquired from the Apple Beta Software Program site.
Apple is anticipated to release macOS Monterey to the public sometime this fall, but has yet to give a firm release date.
Updates set to arrive with macOS Monterey include Universal Control, Siri Shortcuts, a system-wide Quick Note feature, AirPlay to Mac, and Focus. Individual app updates are also expected, including SharePlay for iMessage, grid views and Spatial Audio support in FaceTime, and Live Text for Photos.
Both AppleInsider and Apple strongly advise users avoid installing betas on to "mission-critical" or primary devices, due to the potential for data loss or other issues. Instead, the recommendation is to install betas onto secondary or non-essential devices, and to ensure there are sufficient backups of important data before making any major changes.