After initially announcing macOS Monterey at WWDC 2021, Apple has confirmed that the OS update for all compatible Macs will be released to the public on October 25, 2021. The company revealed the release date, alongside its new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models, at its Unleashed virtual event.
macOS Monterey Compatibility
macOS Monterey packs several new features, including a revamped and improved FaceTime experience with Portrait mode, Live Text, Low Power mode, redesigned Safari, Shortcuts support, and much more.
macOS Monterey will be compatible with the following Macs:
- MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook (early 2016 and later)
- Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
- iMac (late 2015 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
While macOS Monterey supports both Intel and Apple silicon-based Macs, many macOS features will be exclusive to Apple silicon Macs.
Two major macOS Monterey features—SharePlay and Universal Control—will not be available in the initial release of the OS. Instead, they will be released later this fall.
How to Install macOS Monterey on Your Mac
Once Apple releases macOS Monterey on October 25, you can head over to System Preferences > Software Update to grab the update on your Mac. The download size of the update file will easily be around 5–7GB, so make sure to have access to a speedy internet connection before starting the download. The overall installation process can also take up to 30 minutes to an hour, depending on how old your Mac is and how fast your internet connection is.