Apple’s first macOS Monterey public preview is released

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Apple released last week the first beta public beta of its macOS update, “Monterey,”

This time, Apple released the beta on July 1, unlike in 2020. Apple had promised a beta public beta for Big Sur in July last year, but it didn’t release it until August.

Apple advised customers not to install the Monterey beta software on their Macs as usual. Instead, in a FAQ, Apple stated that beta software should be installed on a secondary device or system or a secondary part of your Mac. Apple also advised users to back up their Macs before installing preview.

Customers must unenroll their Macs from the beta program to return to the previous OS. The backup can then be used to restore the production-grade OS. Alternately users can also unenroll their Mac from beta, freeze the system at the current preview. Once Apple has released the final code for Monterey, they will retrieve it from Mac App Store and then install it over the beta.

The first Monterey public beta launch took place right at the beginning of Apple’s historical timeline. Five of the six macOS/OS X summer previews’ updates, ranging from 2015’s El Capitan through 2019’s Catalina, were released from June 24 to July 9. The exception was last year’s Big Sur, which debuted on Aug. 6.

Between the initial public beta and the final release, the time spanned between 75 days (Sierra), to 105 (El Capitan), with an average of slightly more than 89 days. From the first preview to stable code, Big Sur took 98 Days.

Apple will deliver Monterey to its public beta 89 days later than the first. This is a month and a half before Big Sur’s Nov. 12 release. ( Computerworld misjudged Big Sur’s clearance by ten days. It used the five-year average to predict Big Sur would appear on Nov. 2.

Apple has not yet specified a date for Monterey’s release but stated that it is “coming this autumn.” This would be in line with Apple’s usual pattern of September releases — in six of the past six years, Apple’s update reached users in September — and symbolically of a return of normalcy as the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.

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