A week after seeding beta 3, Apple has released macOS Monterey beta 4 to developers today. Last time around we saw a major change to Safari’s default design moving away from the unified search/tab bar. With beta 4, Apple says the exciting Universal Control feature has been enabled and Live Text comes to Intel Macs.
Update 11:30 am PT: Apple has now pulled the mention of Universal Control being live in beta 4.
New features and changes that come with macOS 12 Monterey include a totally redesigned Safari, Shortcuts app arriving on the Mac, FaceTime’s new SharePlay feature, Universal Control to seamlessly work across multiple Apple devices, a new Focus mode, Quick Notes, AirPlay to Mac, and more.
The biggest user-facing change in the third beta was an overhaul to the Safari tab design. The unified tab/search bar is no longer the default (although possible to revert to).
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macOS Monterey beta 4
With the first three Monterey betas, the highly anticipated Universal Control feature hasn’t been available. But Apple’s release notes for macOS Monterey beta 4 say the feature is live (now pulled):
Another nice addition, Apple is no longer limiting Live Text to M1 Macs:
As always, it’s a bad idea to install early betas like this on your primary machine with bugs and performance issues being common, so use a secondary Mac if at all possible.
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