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    macOS Monterey Allows You to Erase a Mac Without Needing to Reinstall the Operating System

    From the macOS Monterey features page on Apple’s website:

    Erase all contents and settings

    System Preferences now offers an option to erase all user data and user-installed apps from the system, while maintaining the operating system currently installed. Because storage is always encrypted on Mac systems with Apple silicon or the T2 chip, the system is instantly and securely “erased” by destroying the encryption keys.

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      macOS Monterey beta 2 released build number 21A5268h.

      What’s new in macOS Monterey beta 2

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      macOS Monterey public beta released

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      Apple released macOS Monterey 12 beta 4 with Universal Control.

      macOS Monterey beta 4 out for public testers.

      The new macOS Monterey beta 4 (technically public beta 3) is showing up now via OTA for those already enrolled. You can also download it from Apple’s website if you’re not running the beta yet (full guide here).

      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 previous 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 5 released to Devs.

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      macOS Monterey beta 6 released to devs.

      Release Notes

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      macOS Monterey beta 6 released to devs.

      Release Notes

      Public beta released

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      macOS Monterey beta 7 released

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      macOS Monterey beta 8 released to Devs

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      Relased to Devs :

      macOS Monterey beta 9

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      Relased to Devs :

      macOS Monterey beta 9

      macOS Monterey beta 9 released to public

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      macOS Monterey RC released to devs.
      Final next week.

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      macOS Monterey will be released tomorrow at around 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST.

      Release times by time zone :

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      Final macOS Monterey released.

      1 user thanked author for this post.
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      Some info-commentary-review by Andrew Cunningham here:

      Excerpting some interesting tidbits:

      The good

      Shortcuts support isn’t perfect, but it revitalizes Mac automation after years of neglect.
      Built-in password manager features are an excellent alternative to not using a password manager.
      Low Power Mode has a real impact on power use, especially on Apple Silicon Macs.
      Dozens of other small quality-of-life tweaks, including AirPlay to Mac, a factory reset option for newer Macs, and variable refresh rate support. Most people will be able to find at least one or two features they like.

      The bad

      Some stuff isn’t done yet, including Universal Control.
      Typical new-OS bugs should dissuade you from upgrading on day one if you’re happy with how your Big Sur Mac is running.
      Importing Automator workflows into Shortcuts is hit or miss.

      The ugly

      Intel Macs are being dropped from the support list at a faster pace than before, and we’re just beginning to see the start of “Apple Silicon only” features in macOS.”  ”

      I’m also concerned Apple is dropping support for older Intel Macs at a faster clip than it has in the past. We all know that the writing is on the wall for Intel Macs, but are we looking at a long and graceful sunset period, or a more abrupt shift in line with how Apple handled the PowerPC-to-Intel transition back in the day? I’d be surprised if the next two or three macOS releases don’t support at least some subset of Intel Macs. I would be even more surprised if Apple provided six or seven years of major OS updates to the last Intel Mac desktops that are still skulking in the corners of the Mac lineup like uninvited guests who are trying not to be noticed. Apple refuses to provide any additional guidance or clarity here, an annoying byproduct of the company’s obsession with secrecy.

      System requirements and compatibility

      Monterey still straddles the architectural divide between the outgoing Intel Macs and the incoming Apple Silicon models, but it drops support for quite a few machines that are currently running Big Sur. The complete list of supported Macs:

      Early 2015 and later MacBook Air
      Early 2015 and later MacBook Pro
      Early 2016 and later MacBook
      Late 2015 and later iMac
      Late 2014 and later Mac mini
      2017 and later iMac Pro
      Late 2013 and later Mac Pro

      Generally, Apple is dumping Macs that used fourth-generation Intel Core processors (codenamed Haswell), which powered most Mac models released in 2013 and 2014. But there are Macs on both side of this dividing line.

      Ex Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7) since mid-2020. Now: running macOS Big Sur 11.6 & sometimes, Linux (Mint)

      MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
      Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
      Waterfox "Current" and (now and then) Chrome. also Intego AV and Malwarebytes for the Mac.

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      How to Clean Install macOS Monterey Easily Using the New Erase Mac Option

      Apple today released macOS 12 Monterey, and whenever a new operating system is released for the Mac, some users prefer to perform a clean installation. This article explains how to perform what is effectively a clean install of Monterey using a brand new option that’s available on Apple silicon-powered Macs and Intel Macs with a T2 security chip….

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