Apple announces macOS Monterey, the next Mac desktop operating system

In a virtual presentation at the WWDC 2021 conference today, Apple executives outlined the company’s plans for macOS Monterey, the latest major software release for the Mac family of computers.

The new name follows Apple’s California landmark-based naming scheme for recent macOS releases, dating back to the launch of OS X Mavericks in 2013.

As for new features, macOS Monterey includes a new tool called “Universal Control,” which allows users to share control of Mac and iPad devices with a single mouse and keyboard. Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi demonstrated the ability to set an iPad near a Mac, move the cursor of the latter toward the former, and have the iPad automatically recognize it. This makes it possible to directly drag and drop files between the devices, for instance. Apple demonstrated this feature working across an iMac, MacBook, and iPad in concert.

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