macOS 12 Monterey

macOS Big Sur helped usher in the Apple silicon era, and with it, a new design of macOS. For 2021, Monterey has a less ambitious set of tasks, but it does continue Apple’s efforts to better tie the Mac and its mobile device cousins closer together with features like SharePlay and Universal Control.

…neither of which shipped with the operating system at launch.

Launching alongside the first M1 Pro and M1 Max notebooks, Monterey does unravel the mystery of Big Sur’s taller menu bar and the inclusion of Control Center to keep clutter to a minimum — Apple was laying the groundwork for the first Mac displays with notches. The notebook used for these screenshots was an M1 MacBook Air with no notch, so the effects of this change aren’t present in the images below.

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Editor’s Note: Like last year, I am providing both Light and Dark Mode images in just the first two collections of images.

Appearance & Accent Combinations

System Preferences (Light Mode)

System Preferences (Dark Mode)


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