Apple is seeding out macOS 12.1 to the public after almost a month of beta testing. There are not many features coming via this update, but it does fix certain bugs that Mac users have been facing and brings with it support for SharePlay.
For those curious, Apple started rolling out SharePlay for iOS in late October, with macOS users now getting to enjoy media consumption with friends or close people.
Do note that the much-awaited Universal control feature is missing from this update, with Apple’s site mentioning that it is coming this fall, however, this may release in 2022.
What Does macOS 12.1 Bring to the Table?
macOS 12.1’s biggest feature is undoubtedly SharePlay for Mac, which will let users consume digital content via FaceTime. Users can listen to music, watch movies, play games, browse the internet and share screens via this feature, with support for both regular and third-party apps present.
This build also brings with it Apple’s Voice Plan on Apple Music which is designed “exclusively for Siri.” Those who subscribe to the service can access a whopping 90 million songs.
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Moreover, the service offers subscribers a wide range of playlists, including a considerable number of new playlists. You can subscribe to Apple Music Voice Plan via Siri.
All you need to say is, “Hey Siri, start my Apple Music Voice trial.” Alternatively, you can sign up via the Apple Music app. It is worth mentioning here that the trial will expire after seven days. The update also fixes the issue of the trackpad not working properly, with the MacBook Pro 2021 HDR issue also getting a fix.
What Else has Apple Released Recently?
This comes after the iOS 15.2 release, with the latest version of iOS bringing with it multiple features, some of which include communications safety on iMessage, legacy contacts, Apple Music voice plan support and more.
Apart from these new and much-awaited features, the company is also releasing multiple bug fixes and security updates for your iPhone via this iOS 15.2 update.
iOS 15.2 also brings with it the Legacy Contact feature that will take care of your iCloud Data if you pass away, with the feature letting you designate people as contacts to access your iCloud data and personal information if and when you pass away.
The iPhone 13 is also receiving the Macro Mode photo control to switch to the Ultra-wide lens in order to shoot macro photos on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, with this specific feature limited to these two devices.