The best new Mac features 2021

This fall, Apple will launch a new version of macOS, nicknamed Monterey, along with iOS 15 for iPhone and iPadOS 15 for iPad.

Earlier this summer, Apple released a beta release of macOS Monterey to developers, but this week the company rolled out the first beta release for regular users, so anyone with a compatible Mac can test out the upcoming update.

Better window handling

If there’s one thing I really miss about Windows, it’s better handling side-by-side windows. So far, the experience in Windows is much better, I mean, but macOS Monterey seems to be a boost from Big Sur.

Among the news is that some of you can replace one of the juxtaposed apps with another. Let’s say you work in Safari and Word and want to replace Word with Mail. Then you can press and hold the green circle and then press to replace the app.

Quick Note

macOS, iOS and iPadOS already have the popular Notes app, but the new Quick Note feature takes it to a new level.

Quick Note, or quick note as it is called in Norwegian, pops up when you move the mouse pointer in the bottom right corner. Tap the app and it will open in the middle of the screen. Here you can add text, tables, lists and also links.

If you want to take a note from a web article you are reading, you can open Quick Note, add text and then link so you can easily find it again.

Universal Control

If you have installed the macOS Monterey beta, you have probably noticed that one of the coolest features, namely Universal control, is not to be found.

Universal control lets you control multiple devices directly from your Mac. All you have to do is, for example, place an iPad right next to your Mac, and then you can just move the mouse pointer over to the iPad screen and operate it directly with the keyboard and mouse / trackpad on the Mac. You can also drag and drop files directly between the devices, and up to three simultaneous devices are supported.

FaceTime

Apple is known for keeping many of its services available only on its own devices – so therefore you do not get iMessage on Android – but is constantly softening up a bit.

In macOS Monterey, both Android and Windows users can join FaceTime calls. FaceTime users can create conversation links that others can connect to via the browser, so that those with Android and Windows can also participate.

SharePlay

FaceTime also gets a feature called SharePlay where you and your friends can watch the same content, such as a movie or series, while talking on FaceTime.

The clever thing here is that the video is synchronized so that everyone is the same and if one pauses the film, it happens to the others as well.

Shortcuts for Mac

Depending on who you ask, Apple’s Shortcuts app (or Shortcuts) are among their favorites. This fall, it’s coming to Mac and macOS Monterey so users can create shortcuts and automations on Mac as well.

In macOS, the Shortcuts app will, among other things, support Spotlight and Finder.

Better “do not disturb”

Tired of alerts popping up when you don’t want them? In macOS Monterey, you can set up and activate focus profiles depending on what you do on the computer and what alerts you want to receive.

For example, you can have a job profile where you only want notifications from the job apps you use, such as Outlook and Slack, while notifications from Messenger remain silent.

Improved AirPlay on Mac

macOS Monterey users can look forward to better AirPlay 2 support when the operating system launches this fall. This makes it possible to broadcast content from iPad, iPhone and another Mac to another Mac.

This can be nice, for example, if you are going to run a PowerPoint on a big screen. If your main computer is a compatible Mac, you can run AirPlay of the presentation from your Mac to your main computer.

Below you can see MacRumors demonstrating AirPlay in macOS Monterey.

Mac Reset

Resetting your computer may be something you do not do very often. But it happens whether you have to resell it, fix errors or because you send test products in return – which is mostly when we at Dinside use that function.

CONCLUSION : Fortunately, this becomes easier in macOS Monterey, which gets a dedicated “delete all” button under System Preferences.

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