Apple releases macOS Monterey beta update, but awaits WWDC.


Apple has seeded the latest macOS Monterey 12.4 Release Candidate into the Developer Channel for testing purposes, probably the last release before WWDC 2022 on June 6th.

Developers registered with Apple can download new beta builds from the Apple Dev Center or from the Software Updates option in System Preferences for existing beta builds.

According to MacRumors, the biggest feature change notable is support for the new 15.5 Studio Display firmware, which should address existing issues with the built-in webcam, including sophisticated camera adjustments, improved noise reduction, framing and contrast.

If you’re burdened with downloading too many podcasts, this update also gives you peace of mind. The update gives the Podcasts app an option to limit the number of episodes stored on your Mac device and automatically delete previously downloaded episodes.


Analysis: Will there be more macOS Monterey releases at WWDC 2022?

This latest macOS Monterey beta release looks very minor when you consider everything, but June 6, 2022 WWDC is less than a month away. So, this may not be an update worth paying attention to.

Given that WWDC 2022 is Apple’s major developer conference, this event could see other major announcements of upcoming macOS Monterey updates, including major new features and OS changes. Typically, major updates released on the Developer Channel offer more than a few tweaks and bug patches, so Apple can withhold more interesting changes to WWDC.

As much as we’re delighted to see our podcast queue becoming less cluttered with downloads, that’s what we’re hoping for, as updates may actually have been sent via email or something.

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