Apple has announced to the public macOS 12 Monterey early last week. This main version was first discovered during the WWDC21 keynote, back in June. It has since been in beta testing to ensure a seamless experience for the public. Ironically, the stable version seems to have blocked some users ’older Macs, based on complaints on the networks.
According to MacRumors, tweets of angry and worried users who can’t turn on their Macs have surfaced online. The update process to macOS 12 Monterey simply blocked their computers and made them useless. Macs are harder to start when locked, compared to iPhones, iPads, and iPods. In some cases, it will even require physical repair.
The problem seems to mainly affect older Macs, especially those powered by Intel. It’s not as widespread as last year’s disaster in Big Sur, but it still kills enough devices for PSA. If you’re worried or heavily dependent on your Mac for work or study, we suggest you wait for a future update to macOS.
Apple is currently testing macOS 12.1 beta, but is not expected to be released this month as stable to the public. It is unclear whether this version solves the blocking problem, but the assumption is that Apple is aware of the problem, given that Apple’s support has confirmed and responded to some of the tweets.
Mac OS Monterey compatibility
A full compatibility list for Mac OS Monterey update:
- iMac – Late 2015 and later
- iMac Pro – 2017 and later
- MacBook Air – Early 2015 and later
- MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and later
- Mac Pro – Late 2013 and later
- Mac mini – Late 2014 and later
- MacBook – Early 2016 and later
These are the Macs that were compatible with macOS Big Sur update:
- 2015 and later MacBook
- 2013 and later MacBook Air
- Late 2013 and later MacBook Pro
- 2014 and later iMac
- 2017 and later iMac Pro
- 2014 and later Mac mini
- 2013 and later Mac Pro
Mac OS Monterey requirements
If upgrading from macOS Sierra or later, macOS Monterey requires 26GB of available storage to upgrade. If upgrading from an earlier release, macOS Monterey requires up to 44GB of available storage.
Mac OS Monterey features
- FaceTime upgrades: SharePlay, spatial audio, and more
- Universal Control across devices with single mouse or trackpad
- Safari revamp
- Shortcuts app
- Live Text and Visual Lookup
- Privacy enhancements
Make a backup before macOS 12 Monterey update
Alway and that is what I do before any Mac upgrade or macOS 12 Monterey update you should make a backup before with the Time Machine.
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