Apple has confirmed a new macOS Monterey 12.4 update for Mac and it is currently in beta testing ahead of public release later this year.
macOS Monterey 12.4 is a milestone release, meaning it will likely have new features, bug fixes, improvements, and security patches on board.
We don’t have an official release date for macOS Monterey 12.4 yet, but Mac users who don’t want to wait can download a pre-release version of the software now.
With macOS Monterey 12.4 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the next big macOS Monterey release.
In this guide to macOS Monterey 12.4, we take you through the known changes of the update, what to expect from the release date and release time of macOS Monterey 12.4, information about the beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4, and more.
macOS Monterey 12.4 Beta
Apple has pushed a beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4 to developers and those who have subscribed to it Beta software program†
A developer account requires payment from Apple, but the beta software program is free to anyone with a compatible device and a working Apple ID.
Before downloading the beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4 on your Mac, keep in mind that pre-release software is usually plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues can affect the performance of your most important apps, your Mac’s battery life, and overall speed. Most people should not use beta software as a daily driver.
While you may be able to fix some issues yourself, other bugs and performance issues will likely require a fix from Apple.
If you can’t stand the performance of macOS Monterey 12.4 beta on your Mac, you can always downgrade back to stable macOS software.
Apple is currently running on macOS Monterey 12.4 beta 4.
macOS Monterey 12.4 Release Date
Apple has not confirmed the release date of macOS Monterey 12.4 and will be testing for a while longer.
At the moment, we expect it to release along with iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 sometime in May before WWDC 2022. To learn more about the release date of macOS Monterey 12.4, see our guide.
macOS Monterey 12.4 release time
We don’t have an official release date for macOS Monterey 12.4, but we know exactly when Apple will roll out the software on any given date.
The official version of macOS Monterey 12.4 will likely be available for download on your Mac around 10 a.m. Pacific. Keep this in mind if you plan to install the official version of macOS Monterey 12.4 on your Mac right away.
This also applies to beta versions of macOS Monterey 12.4. We usually get new betas every week or two and they also tend to roll out around 10am Pacific.
macOS Monterey 12.4 Update: What’s New?
Apple’s milestone updates (xx) typically bring a mix of new features and fixes and that’s what you can expect from macOS Monterey 12.4 right now.
Developers are digging into the beta of macOS Monterey 12.4 and we’ll let you know if they find anything substantial. As of now, it looks like macOS Monterey 12.4 will be a relatively minor milestone.
Apple may add to or subtract from the macOS Monterey 12.4 beta as testing progresses, and we’ll let you know if there are any differences between the beta and the final release.
macOS Monterey 12.4 Beta Issues
If you are downloading the beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4 and encountering bugs or performance issues, here are some resources to help you.
Before contacting Apple Support, check out our list of solutions for the most common macOS problems. We’ve also released a guide that shows you how to fix macOS Monterey battery life issues.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, go to Apple Discussion Forums† If they can’t help you, please contact Apple support via Twitter or with customer support through Apple’s website†
If you still can’t solve your problem(s), you can make an appointment to see a Genius with you local apple store when it’s open.
4 reasons not to install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install macOS Monterey 12.3.1 for better security
If security is important to you, consider installing the macOS Monterey 12.3.1 update right away.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1 brings two security patches for Mac users. You can read more about it at Apple’s website† These help protect you and your device from damage.
As for older macOS updates, Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.3 update had more than 40 security patches on board. To learn more about these upgrades, check out the details at Apple’s security site†
The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update brought an important patch for Mac users. You can learn more about the patch on Apple’s security site†
Apple’s macOS Monterey 12.2 update had 13 security patches on board. If you are interested in the details, go to Apple’s website learn more.
macOS Monterey 12.1 included 40+ new security patches for Macs. You can read all about it on the company security site†
Microsoft says it discovered a new ‘Powerdir’ vulnerability lurking in macOS. Powerdir allows an attacker to bypass the operating system’s Transparency, Consent and Control (TCC) technology and gain unauthorized access to a user’s protected data. Fortunately, Apple has fixed the problem in macOS Monterey 12.1.
macOS Monterey 12.1 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The supplied software Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you’re moving from macOS Big Sur, you’ll also get the 30+ security patches of macOS Monterey 12.0.1 in your update. If you are interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can: Read more about it on Apple’s website†
In addition to these patches, the macOS Monterey update comes with additional security and privacy upgrades.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
New email privacy protection helps prevent senders from tracking your email activity, and there’s a new recording indicator in the Control Center for apps that access your microphone.