The release date of macOS Monterey 12.4 is getting closer and some Mac users may want to start preparing for the software’s arrival.
The macOS Monterey 12.4 update is a milestone upgrade, meaning it’s likely to bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Mac users around the world.
A beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4 is available to developers and those subscribed to the company’s public Beta software program† The beta software program is free to anyone with a compatible device and Apple ID.
So if you want to try macOS Monterey 12.4 but don’t want to wait for the official release date, you can try the beta version on your Mac now.
macOS Monterey 12.4 Release Date
Apple hasn’t confirmed the release date of macOS Monterey 12.4, and we expect it to remain in testing for a little longer as Apple and testers poke and poke it for issues. Apple is currently in its fourth beta.
At this point, we expect the macOS Monterey 12.4 update along with iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 to arrive sometime in May, before WWDC 2022 in June.
With the release date of macOS Monterey 12.4 on the horizon, it’s time to think about its arrival. In this guide, we’ll outline some tips and tricks that will come in handy with the next major macOS Monterey update for Mac.
Prepare for the macOS Monterey 12.4 release date
With the release of the software getting closer, some Mac users may want to do some prep work.
macOS Monterey 12.4 will almost certainly take up a significant amount of space on your Mac’s internal storage. New macOS milestone upgrades usually do.
If you’re short on storage space, use this time to tidy up a bit. Go to your Mac’s storage and delete files you no longer need. This will help make way for macOS Monterey. It can also improve the performance of your Mac.
You should also start backing up the data you store on your Mac. Data loss issues are rare, but there is always a chance that something will go wrong during the transition from your current version of macOS to macOS Monterey 12.4.
The software may also sign you out of some of your apps and services. We recommend having your Apple ID, iCloud information, third-party app credentials handy just in case.
Introducing macOS Monterey 12.4 and older updates
If you don’t plan on going to the beta, make sure to familiarize yourself with the changes coming with macOS Monterey 12.4. If you do this in advance, you won’t be caught off guard.
We’ve released a guide that walks you through some of the known changes aboard macOS Monterey 12.4. It’s a great starting point.
If you’re still hanging around on an older version of macOS and plan to upgrade to macOS Monterey in the near future, make sure you familiarize yourself with the latest versions. You get those changes when you upgrade.
Check out our walkthrough to learn more about the latest versions of macOS Monterey.
Most people should avoid the macOS Monterey 12.4 Beta
It might be tempting to install the beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4 on your Mac right now, but most people should avoid the beta and wait for the official release.
The beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4 helps Apple address bugs and performance issues before they cause major headaches for millions of Mac users. It’s also fun to try out new features before they’re released to the general public. That said, beta software can be very problematic.
The macOS Monterey beta 12.4 causes problems for testers and you might run into the same problems if you install it on your Mac.
If you rely on your Mac to get through a day of school or work, you probably want to stick with the version of macOS you’re currently using.
Monitor Feedback from the macOS Monterey 12.4 Beta
If you skip the beta version of macOS Monterey 12.4, and most people should, make sure to keep an eye out for feedback from beta testers as we push for the official release of the software.
Monitoring feedback will alert you to potential problems and it will also alert you to potential benefits. More importantly, it can help you decide whether to install macOS Monterey 12.4 right away or wait.
We’ve seen macOS Monterey 12.4 feedback pop up on sites like YouTube, MacRumors forums, and Twitter. Check those sites if you are curious about the performance of the software.
macOS Monterey 12.4 release time
If you’ve had a Mac or any other Apple device for a while, you already know this, but for those of you who are Apple’s new ecosystem, here’s your PSA.
Apple almost always rolls out software updates around 10 a.m. Pacific. That will likely be the case for the final release of macOS Monterey 12.4.
Here’s what it looks like for other time zones in the United States:
- Eastern – 1:00 PM
- Central – 12 noon
- Mountain – 11AM
Keep this in mind if you plan to install the final version of macOS Monterey 12.4 right away.
macOS Monterey 12.4 Download Size
We don’t know how big the macOS Monterey 12.4 download will be, but again, expect it to take quite a bit of free space on your Mac.
You can expect long download times, especially in the moments after Apple pushes the update live, but the installation process will likely take longer.
We’ll let you know when we know more.
Prepare for macOS Monterey 12.4 issues
macOS Monterey 12.4 will go through an extensive beta process, but the final version won’t be perfect. Far from.
Common macOS issues include abnormal battery consumption, Bluetooth issues, Wi-Fi issues, app instability, UI lag, crashes, and Exchange issues.
These issues appear after every single macOS release, and chances are we’ll see them crop up in the minutes, hours, days, and weeks following the release date of macOS Monterey 12.4.
It’s going to be hard to predict what kind of performance you’ll get if you move your Mac to macOS Monterey 12.4, so you need to make sure you’re prepared to deal with any issues you encounter on day one and beyond.
We’ve released a list of fixes for common macOS Monterey issues. If you don’t consider yourself a macOS expert, you’ll want to bookmark these solutions.
You should also be familiar with Apple Discussion Forums†
Learn to downgrade
If you are experiencing issues with macOS Monterey 12.4, you can downgrade back to an older version of macOS.
If you are not familiar with the macOS downgrade process, now is a good time to familiarize yourself with it.
Keep your apps updated
If you want the best experience on macOS Monterey 12.4, make sure to keep your apps up to date before and after the software’s release.
As you strive for the release date of macOS Monterey 12.4, keep an eye out for support updates. These updates should help stabilize performance and help your device transition smoothly to new software.
Make sure to read user reviews before downloading an app update. These reviews will alert you to potential benefits and issues with the latest version.
Take your time with macOS Monterey 12.4
macOS Monterey 12.4 is an exciting upgrade and some of you might be tempted to install it as soon as it arrives.
For some of you, particularly those dealing with macOS Monterey issues and macOS Big Sur issues, that might be the right move. However, some of you may want to wait a few hours, a few days, or in some cases a few weeks before installing the software.
There are plenty of reasons to skip macOS software updates on day one. First, macOS updates can wreak havoc on your device’s performance.
If you’re suspicious, dive into feedback from Mac users who download macOS Monterey 12.4 right away. If you’re still undecided, consider waiting.
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 from 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’re an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when transacting online.
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.