macOS 12 Monterey Primer
Apple released its latest version of macOS in October: macOS 12 Monterey. We have been looking forward to Monterey (and running it in beta) ever since Apple debuted it at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference in June. Monterey brings some great security enhancements to your computers but also will bring a lot of changes and some of your hardware/software may no longer work. Be Prepared!
Certain computers that supported Big Sur and Catalina are not Monterey compatible. You will require on of the following:
32 bit Software
Like BigSur, and Catalina before it, Monterey does not support any 32-bit applications. 32-bit applications have been around a long time. Ever since macOS 10.13, High Sierra, you may have seen a notification on your computer about a particular app saying something like "This app is not optimized for your Mac". But in Catalina, Big Sur, and Monterey those apps will no longer even launch:
St Clair Software has great utility called Go64 that does a convenient scan of your system for all 32-bit software. And Precursor Support Plan clients can self-serve install G064 from the Precursor Managed Software Center.
A Partial List
A list of apps that support the new Apple Silicon Macs introduced in November 2020 is maintained here:
A partial list to watch out for
MSC = available in the (may require subscription purchase to activate)
Share your screen
Keep your FaceTime calls going while simultaneously sharing your whole screen or just a specific app. Collaborate with coworkers, have a game night with friends, or plan your next vacation as a group.
Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away. Choose a Focus that only allows the notifications you want — you can get work done while you’re in the zone, or enjoy a distraction-free dinner. Pick from a list of suggested Focus options or create your own.
A single keyboard and mouse or trackpad now work seamlessly between your Mac and iPad — they’ll even connect to more than one Mac or iPad. Move your cursor from your Mac to your iPad, type on your Mac and watch the words show up on your iPad, or even drag and drop content from one Mac to another.
Automate the things you do most often. Save time by turning something that would take multiple steps into just one, or connecting your go-to apps and services together with the Shortcuts editor. You can run them from your Dock, menu bar, the Finder, Spotlight, or even with Siri.
It’s more important than ever to know how your privacy is being protected. Get greater visibility into how and when apps access your mic. And keep senders from learning about your activity in Mail.
When will Precursor do upgrades?
We plan on moving our clients to Monterey depending on hardware and software compatibility.
If you feel you need to have Monterey on your computer before that time comes you can request an upgrade by choosing the "Schedule an OS Upgrade" option from the Precursor Contact menu (the little blue "P" icon) in the menubar at the top of your Mac's screen.
There are a number of online articles regarding upgrading to Monterey - all better written than mine: 9 to 5 Mac. Mr. Macintosh 12 Things to know about security and macOS Monterey.
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