What is the latest macOS you can install?


The latest macOS version is macOS Monterey. It was released in October 2021 and is available for everyone to download. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Mac operating system. 

Will my Mac run macOS Monterey?

According to Apple, macOS Monterey drops support for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models from 2013 and 2014. All Macs with Nvidia GPUs also can't run macOS Monterey. But, macOS 12 is perfectly fit for MacBook 2016 and newer, MacBook Air 2015 and newer, Mac mini 2014, 2018 and 2020 (M1). All late 2015 iMacs, early 2015 MacBook Pros and 2017 iMac Pros are also compatible with the latest macOS.

Storage Space: 12 GB of free space 

Memory: 2-4 GB RAM

Time: 30-50 minutes installation time

The space issue is the most crucial, though. The 12 GB of storage is a formal requirement, but in reality, you’ll need twice as much to prepare the backup. No worries, if you scan your Mac with CleanMyMac X, you can free up tens of gigabytes of space by removing junk files and uninstalling applications. Download CleanMyMac X for free and get your Mac cleaned and ready for macOS Monterey.

How to check your macOS version

To see which version of macOS you have on your Mac, follow the steps:

  1. Click the Apple menu icon at the top left corner of your screen.
  2. Choose About this Mac.
  3. Check the version in the Overview tab.

How to update your Mac to the latest version

You can download the latest version of the macOS from the App Store. The process is not difficult but requires some preparation. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to upgrade to macOS Monterey.

We've prepared a quick tour of the new Apple macOS — check it out.

What are the new features in macOS Monterey?

FaceTime

We rely on video chatting apps more than we thought we did. That's why FaceTime got a significant update in macOS Monterey. With a new feature called SharePlay, FaceTime allows you to watch movies and listen to music on your calls with your friends or family. And if someone from your circle doesn't have an Apple device, they can join your conversation right from their browser.

Focus 

Apple's new Focus feature is a great productivity tool you never know you needed: it helps customize which notifications you want to receive and block unneeded ones. It lets you set up multiple custom modes across all your devices and share your status with those who want to contact you in Messages.

Shortcuts

Shortcuts made their way to Macs in macOS Monterey. With the updated shortcuts gallery, you can explore lots of different shortcuts and optimize your everyday tasks. You can now add your favourite shortcuts to the menu bar and run them with a few clicks. 

Live Text

macOS Monterey makes it possible to interact with text in photos — you can copy and paste, lookup and translate every word. Live Text also works in Safari, which is incredibly useful if you want to search for a particular word or phrase on a web page.

Features introduced in macOS Big Sur

macOS Monterey brought a bunch of great improvements to make your experience on a Mac more seamless, focused and fun. The previous OS version, macOS Big Sur, introduced even more major changes and updates. Let's recall some of the best features added in macOS Big Sur.

Safari reborn

Apple’s Craig Federighi dubbed the current update “The biggest update in the history of Safari.” It’s been shown to outperform Chrome in various tests — another reason for Mac users to feel proud. In Big Sur you can customize Safari-like never before, set the start page theme, control videos from the menu bar, etc. And, to the dismay of marketers, Safari gives you an option to switch off all your tracking cookies.

Fancier icons

The Dock panel got a full-on facelift featuring smaller icons, round edges, more in tune with the iOS look. For the last few years, Apple has been merging both systems together, and now the gap between the mobile and Mac seems to be almost unnoticeable.

Control Centre

Control Centre is the new quick-access pane that shines in your Mac’s upper right corner. From there, you can adjust volume, screen brightness, and finally, access Bluetooth with one click. Control Centre has handy toggles and keeps all the important controls in one place making it an instant like.

64-bit applications

If you skipped macOS Catalina and, are still running macOS Mojave, there is an issue about 32-bit apps you should know about. Before Catalina, the 32-bit / 64-bit app distinction was known only to programmers. These numbers represent different types of app architecture. Starting macOS Catalina and continuing on Big Sur and Monterey, 32-bit apps will no longer be supported on Macs. For many users, this will be the single reason to avoid it and stay with good ol’ Mojave. Some big-name applications are still yet to be optimized for Big Sur and 64-bit.

If you’re still planning to upgrade, there are tools to make the transition less painful. For example, the Mac problem-fixing tool, CleanMyMac X, has an Updater feature. It checks how many 32-bits you have and updates them to newer versions (if such are available).

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What were the previous macOS versions called?

Here’s a list of the most recent versions of macOS and OS X

Name

Year of release

Features

macOS Monterey2021FaceTime improvements, Shortcuts, Live Text, Focus, Universal Control
macOS Big Sur2020

Visual overhaul, faster Safari, Control Centre app, privacy improvements.

macOS Catalina2019iPad apps on Mac a.k.a Sidecar, new Music, and Podcasts apps, Screentime. 
macOS Mojave2018Dark mode, dynamic wallpaper, redesigned Mac App Store.

macOS High Sierra

2017

APFS, Metal 2, support for HEVC video, improvements to VR

macOS Sierra

2016

Siri on the Mac, iCloud Drive, optimized storage, Universal Clipboard

OS X El Capitan

2015

San Francisco system font, Metal, split-screen mode, improved spotlight

OS X Yosemite

2014

Re-designed ‘flat’ interface, Continuity, Handoff, Photos

OS X Mavericks

2013

Improved battery life, iBooks, Maps, Finder tabs, faster Safari

The brief evolution of macOS versions

The latest version of macOS, Monterey, looks set to be even better than the previous macOS, Big Sur. There are lots of good reasons to download and install it since it became available in October 2021. Lots of staple Mac apps have already been optimized for Monterey. One of them is CleanMyMac X that helps to speed up the system and free it up from excessive junk.

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