Apple Releases MacOS Monterey

Apple has rolled out its latest version of macOS, which the company is calling Monterey. It brings a host of new features, including Spatial Audio and Portrait Mode in FaceTime, the ability to play movies and TV shows in FaceTime calls, and Universal Control for multi-device workflows.

It also includes a lot of small improvements that are meant to improve the experience of using the Mac, like Low Power Mode. The update also introduces Shortcuts, which looks to be a replacement for the Automator app.

There are also some other minor improvements, including a new Animoji, improved screen sharing capabilities and the ability to send videos and music from the iPhone or iPad to Mac displays. These features are all in addition to other improvements that have been rolling out on a variety of Apple devices over the past few months.

IOS 15.3 lands with fixes for a number of vulnerabilities that could allow apps to gain root privileges, execute arbitrary code with kernel-level access or access user files stored in iCloud. Meanwhile, macOS Monterey 12.2 patches a total of 13 vulnerabilities that impact a wide range of Apple products.

The biggest security bug addressed by Apple’s latest release was a memory corruption issue in the IOMobileFrameBuffer kernel extension that allowed an attacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel-level access. It was discovered by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and fixed in iOS 15.7 and iOS 11.4.1.

In macOS, there’s an update for the Safari web browser that brings a redesign to its tabs. This new feature is a great example of the way that Apple is constantly tweaking its software to ensure that users have the best experience possible.

Another major new feature in macOS is the introduction of NeuralHash, which converts photos on your device into a unique hash that’s harder for hackers to match. This new technology should help prevent phishing attacks.

Among the other notable features in macOS Monterey are a slew of new productivity tools, like Focus and Quick Note, as well as some big changes to the default macOS keyboard. In addition, the new Messages app includes some of the features introduced in iOS 15, including Shared with You, which provides shortcut links to shared messages in other Apple apps.

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