macOS Monterey 12.1 Features, Bug Fixes, Download & More

macOS Monterey 12.1 update

macOS Monterey 12.1 update


Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.1 RC build number 21C51, for Developers and Public Beta testers. This is most likely the final version of macOS 12.1. The public release should be only days away and we’ve already started testing it for you!

macOS Monterey 12.1 Release Date

Apple will most likely release macOS 12.1 alongside, iOS 15.2 and watchOS 8.3. Based on past experience, iOS 15.2 has the biggest chances of being released next Monday.

This means that the macOS 12.1 release date is Monday, December 13, 2021!

macOS Monterey 12.1 Download

macOS Monterey 12.1 download

  • macOS 12.1 will be available over-the-air in System Preferences -> Software Update.
  • Click More info to find out what’s new.
  • Finally, click Install Now to begin the update process and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
  • Important: Until the public release, the macOS 12.1 RC update is only available if you enroll your Mac to the Apple Beta Software Program. Click here for an extended step-by-step guide.

    Fact: the macOS 12.1 update file size is 2.36GB large!

macOS Monterey 12.1 Release Notes

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The macOS 12.1 RC release notes are identical with what we’re expected to see in the public release update log.

The main features highlighted are Shareplay, Apple Music Voice Plan, redesigned Memories in Photos and new safety features for children and parents in Messages!

macOS Monterey 12.1 Features

Below you can find all changes mentioned in the macOS 12.1 update log:

  • SharePlay on Mac allows you to share your screen in FaceTime and synchronize content playback from Apple TV app, Apple Music, and other supported apps. Shared controls allow participants to pause, play, rewind or fast forward.
    shareplay on mac
    Fact: Smart volume automatically lowers the audio of content playback when someone from the conversation speaks.

    Tip: Screen sharing also allows everyone in a FaceTime call to look at photos, browse the web and interact with each other using the supported apps.

  • Apple Music Voice Plan is a new low-end subscription that only allows you to access and control music playback with Siri.
  • Memories have been revamped with a new interactive interface, animations, transition styles and multiple image collages.

    Fact: Similar to the features already introduced in iOS 15, there are also new memory types: additional international holidays, child-focused memories, trends over time, and improved pet memories.

  • New safety features for children and parents in Messages, including safety warnings that contain helpful resources for children when they receive photos that contain nudity.
  • Legacy contacts are now available thanks to the new Digital Legacy feature. It allows you to assign loved ones or friends as trusted contacts that will be able to access your iCloud data and personal info after you die.
  • New Store tab in TV app allows you to browse, buy and rent movies and TV Shows all in one place.
  • Hide My Email is now available in the Mail app for iCloud+ subscriber. It allows you to easily create unique, random email addresses.
  • New Stocks features: view the currency for a ticker. Also, see year-to-date performance when viewing charts.
  • Delete or rename tags is now possible in the stock Reminders and Notes apps.
  • macOS Monterey 12.1 Bug Fixes

    macOS Monterey 12.1 bug fixes
    Apple mentions six issues that are fixed by this update.

    Besides the bug fixes mentioned in the release notes, Apple might have patched other issues too. Below we have a list of macOS Monterey bugs that we’ve reported in the previous version. Let us know if you still encounter them

    macOS Monterey 12.1 Bugs

    Below we will list any new issues that surface in this release. Help us uncover them! If you encounter any new glitch use the comments section and share it with us. We will attempt to replicate and provide fixes or workarounds!

    • To be updated!

    Have you updated to macOS 12.1 RC version? What’s your feedback? Have you noticed any other new features or issues not mentioned in this article? Use the comments section and help us out!

    Related: Alongside macOS Monterey 12.1 RC, Apple has also rolled out iOS 15.2 RC, iPadOS 15.2 RC and watchOS 8.3 RC!

macOS Monterey 12.1 Features, Bug Fixes, Download & More