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    #2370635

    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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    • #2374468

      macOS Monterey beta 2 released build number 21A5268h.

      What’s new in macOS Monterey beta 2

    • #2375006

      macOS Monterey public beta released

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    • #2380524

      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).

    • #2383200

      macOS Monterey beta 5 released to Devs.

    • #2386885

      macOS Monterey beta 6 released to devs.

      Release Notes

    • #2387146

      macOS Monterey beta 6 released to devs.

      Release Notes

      Public beta released

    • #2391163

      macOS Monterey beta 7 released

    • #2392432

      macOS Monterey beta 8 released to Devs

      https://developer.apple.com/macos/

    • #2394187

      Relased to Devs :

      macOS Monterey beta 9

    • #2394456

      Relased to Devs :

      macOS Monterey beta 9

      macOS Monterey beta 9 released to public

    • #2395837
    • #2396643

      macOS Monterey RC released to devs.
      Final next week.

    • #2397494

      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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    • #2397735

      Final macOS Monterey released.

      https://www.apple.com/macos/monterey/features/

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    • #2397746

      Some info-commentary-review by Andrew Cunningham here:

      https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/10/macos-12-monterey-the-ars-technica-review/

      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-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also 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.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2397838

      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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      macOS Monterey Users Report Connectivity Issues With USB Hubs

      Some Mac users who upgraded to macOS Monterey this week are experiencing problems getting USB hubs and other USB-based devices to work properly with their machines, based on scattered online reports…

      https://www.reddit.com/r/MacOS/comments/qhqxni/usb_hub_not_working/
      https://developer.apple.com/forums/thread/683409?page=3
      https://discussions.apple.com/thread/253303875

      Many of the reports are from owners of M1-powered Macs, but not all. Some users have reported similar issues on Intel Macs. Based on user discussions, USB issues were reported in early beta versions of Monterey, suggesting this could be due to a legacy bug that Apple has still not patched…

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    • #2399317

      macOS Monterey Is Reportedly Bricking Some Older Macs

      macOS Monterey, released last week as the latest version of macOS, is bricking older Mac computers, rendering them unusable and unable to even turn on, according to a number of reports from users across social media and online forums…

      All user reports suggest the issue is impacting older MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and ‌iMac‌ models. More recent computers such as Apple silicon-based Macs are not seemingly having problems, at least according to the lack of user reports suggesting so…

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      • #2399335

        A lot of the problems described in the above link are for 2020 and 2019 Macs. That’s the new definition of “older Macs”??!! Yikes!

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    • #2399318

      Users Reporting ‘Memory Leak’ Issues After Updating to macOS Monterey

      Some users who recently upgraded to macOS Monterey are experiencing a bug known as a “memory leak,” a scenario in which a specific macOS process or application is bugged out and stays running for prolonged periods in the background, consuming abnormally high amounts of memory or RAM…

      https://twitter.com/y80481629/status/1453305283317354496

      Excluding Firefox and Control Center related reports, more widespread reporting from users across different platforms suggest the more common bug is the pop-up “Your system has run out of application memory.”..

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    • #2399323

      So glad I’m following Nathan Parker’s advice to wait until after at least the first point update, eg. 12.1, to install a new OS.

    • #2399363

      So glad I’m following Nathan Parker’s advice to wait until after at least the first point update, eg. 12.1, to install a new OS.

      12.1 beta is out so you cam test it.

    • #2400057

      Apple fixed Monterey bug bricking Intel Macs.

      https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/1456672355992866816

    • #2400701

      Released to Devs :

      macOS 12.1 beta 2

    • #2400836

      Released to Devs :

      macOS 12.1 beta 2

      macOS 12.1 beta 2 Public beta released.

    • #2401943

      Released to devs : macOS 12.1 beta 3

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    • #2405174

      macOS 12.1 RC build number 21C51 released to devs.

      Desktop and Screen Saver may appear blank after selecting photos from the Photos library
      Trackpad could become unresponsive to taps or clicks
      External displays may not charge some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers when connected using Thunderbolt or USB-C
      HDR video playback on YouTube.com could cause 2021 MacBook Pro computers to panic
      Menu bar extras may be obscured by the camera housing on 2021 MacBook Pro computers
      MagSafe may stop charging on 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro computers when lid is closed and system is shut down
      support for SharePlay, the Apple Music Voice Plan, and updates across Photos, Messages, Siri and Search, Apple ID, the TV app, and more…

    • #2405632

      macOS 12.1 RC 2 build 21C52.

    • #2406107

      macOS Monterey. Version 12.1 final released.

      Fixed :

      Desktop and Screen Saver may appear blank after selecting photos from the Photos library
      Trackpad could become unresponsive to taps or clicks
      External displays may not charge some MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers when connected using Thunderbolt or USB-C
      HDR video playback on YouTube.com could cause 2021 MacBook Pro computers to panic
      Menu bar extras may be obscured by the camera housing on 2021 MacBook Pro computers
      MagSafe may stop charging on 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro computers when lid is closed and system is shut down

      Released notes : https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212978

    • #2406201

      Erase all content and settings feature available on Apple silicon chip Macs only.

       

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    • #2406242

      After installing Monterey 12.1 yesterday (I skipped 12.0) from Big Sur and all the Big Sur updates, my available storage went back to almost what it was after the initial install of Big Sur.  Is this because a new OS install deletes the previous OS and frees up that storage for the new OS?  It appears like the Big Sur to Monterey was almost a storage space swap.

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    • #2406413

      Some users are not seeing the macOS Monterey 12.1 update on M1 Macs

      ..While the latest version of macOS 12.1 should be available to everyone, it seems that some users are unable to download and install it. More specifically, it seems that the issue has been affecting users of Macs with the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips…

      ..For now, the only solution to update affected Macs is to enter Recovery Mode and reinstall macOS, as the tool will download the latest version of the operating system. Apple is yet to acknowledge the issue…

      “To those who cannot see the 12.1 update, this helped me on my M1 Mac mini and M1X MacBook Pro, both could not see the update…

      1.) Open System Preferences > Software Update. Confirm that no update is available, and leave the window open.
      2.) Open Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
      3.) Go to View > All Processes
      4.) Search for ‘com.apple.MobileSoftwareUpdate.UpdateBrainService’ . Select it and click Force Quit.
      5.) The 12.1 Update should appear in System Preferences. Click Update Now.
      6.) The update may not download – force quit the com.apple.MobileSoftwareUpdate.UpdateBrainService again using Activity Monitor to start the download.”

    • #2406639

      macOS Monterey 12.2 beta released to devs

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    • #2419735

      macOS Monterey 12.2 RC

      Fix Safari Bug That Leaks Browsing Activity

      https://www.macrumors.com/2022/01/20/safari-data-leak-bug-fix-ios-15-3/

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        Installed on a 2019 iMac.  Took 95 minutes start to finish.  No noticeable problems except the usual just after install and/or wake from sleep quirkiness that usually settles down after a day or two.  Also installed iOS 15.3.  Again, no noticeable problems.

    • #2421606

      macOS Monterey 12.3 released to devs.

      “The kernel extensions used by Dropbox Desktop Application and Microsoft OneDrive are no longer available. Both service providers have replacements for this functionality currently in beta. (85890896).”

      https://developer.apple.com/documentation/macos-release-notes/macos-12_3-release-notes

    • #2421981

      After installing OS12.2, I did begin to experience a slow down more than usual after an update and, most aggravating of all, my 2019 iMac began to wake from sleep on its own by rebooting…not just  wake up to the log in screen that I would initiate,  but go thru a start up from shut down mode on it’s own at some point during the sleep mode.  I found this fix that fixed it and also speeded up the Mac in general. This covers various Macs… a standard desktop is at the bottom.  It’s primarily for power issues.

      https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295

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      • #2423991

        FluTooth

        FluTooth is a simple Mac utility that turns off Bluetooth when you close your MacBook, and turns it back on when you open it again.

        It seemed to solve the battery drain problem..

        FluTooth is free to download..

    • #2424148

      macOS 12.3 beta 2 released.
      Fixed Bluetooth-related battery drain on MacBooks

    • #2424450

      macOS 12.2.1 released

      “macOS 12.2.1 provides important security updates and fixes an issue for Intel-based Mac computers that may cause the battery to drain during sleep when connected to Bluetooth peripherals.”

    • #2425541

      macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 3 released to devs.

    • #2425776

      macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 3 released to devs.

      Public beta released

    • #2427175

      macOS 12.3 beta 4 released to devs

    • #2427413

      macOS 12.3 beta 4 released to devs

      Public beta released.

    • #2428706

      macOS 12.3 beta 5 released to devs

    • #2428849

      macOS 12.3 beta 5 released to devs

      Public beta available

    • #2430316

      macOS 12.3 RC (build 21E230) released

    • #2431544

      macOS 12.3 with Universal Control released.

    • #2435675

      macOS Monterey 12.3.1

      macOS Monterey 12.3.1 addresses the following issues.
      Information about the security content is also available at
      https://support.apple.com/HT213220.

      Released March 31, 2022

      AppleAVD
      Available for: macOS Monterey
      Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code
      with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue
      may have been actively exploited.
      Description: An out-of-bounds write issue was addressed with
      improved bounds checking.
      CVE-2022-22675: an anonymous researcher

      Intel Graphics Driver
      Available for: macOS Monterey
      Impact: An application may be able to read kernel memory
      Description: An out-of-bounds read issue may lead to the
      disclosure of kernel memory and was addressed with improved
      input validation. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may
      have been actively exploited.
      CVE-2022-22674: an anonymous researcher

      macOS Monterey 12.3 may be obtained from the Mac App
      Store or Apple’s Software Downloads web site:
      https://support.apple.com/downloads/

    • #2437168

      MacOS 12.4 released to devs.

    • #2440535

      macOS 12.4 beta 2 released to devs

    • #2443626

      macOS 12.4 beta 4 released to devs.

    • #2446035

      macOS 12.4 RC released

      “Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your Mac and automatically delete older ones
      Support for Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5, available as a separate update, refines camera tuning, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing”

      Studio Display Firmware 15.5 RC

    • #2446069

      Alex: What is “macOs 12.4 RC”? I don’t speak Geek. Sorry.

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also 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.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

      • #2446093

        MacOS Monterey 12.4 Release Candidate.
        Now, do you know any more than you did before?

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          PK: Do I know now more than I did before? Can’t say I really do, or could without a fuller explanation … But it sounds as if this is not yet the real thing one has to install in one’s very own Mac, so one may have nothing to worry about, for now. Yes?

          And I still don’t speak Geek. So sorry.

          Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also 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.
          macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2446150

      Alex: What is “macOs 12.4 RC

      RC stands for Release Candidate which is usually the last beta before final release (unless some serious security bugs surface).

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    • #2447533

      Apple released beta 1 of macOS Monterey 12.5 to devs.

    • #2450140

      macOS 12.5 beta 2 released to devs.

    • #2450186

      So this one is coming to us, users, in the not too distant future.

      I wonder if now we are going to be getting a new update to install every few weeks. If so, then this would start to be a lot more like Win 10 than macOs has ever been since mid-2017, that I can remember.

      Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also 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.
      macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

    • #2450227

      So this one is coming to us, users, in the not too distant future.

      MacOS 13 will be announced next week Monday.
      It will take ~3 month before public release.
      Until then 12.5 will get periodic updates (fixes, security..).

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    • #2450378

      macOS 12.5 beta 2 released to devs.

      macOS 12.5 beta 2 released to public

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