Monday, December 13, 2021

macOS 12.1

Mr. Macintosh:

Apple just released the first major update to macOS Monterey. The update comes a month and a half after the October 25th release.

Juli Clover:

macOS Monterey 12.1 adds a major missing feature to the Mac -- SharePlay. With SharePlay, Mac owners can watch TV, listen to music, and play games with friends and family members over FaceTime.


macOS Monterey 12.1 brings support for the $4.99 Apple Music Voice Plan that’s designed to work with Siri, and it adds Communication Safety for children in the Messages app. There are updates to the Memories feature in Photos to bring macOS 12 in line with iOS 15, and the update includes the same Digital Legacy feature being introduced in iOS 15.2.

Sami Fathi:

Apple has officially delayed Universal Control, a hallmark feature of macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 announced in June, until Spring 2022.

Mr. Macintosh:

This file is the same full installer that you would download directly from the App Store for Intel and Apple Silicon M1 Mac Computers.

Howard Oakley:

Among the bugs fixed are blank Desktop and Screen Saver options, unresponsive trackpads, charging from external displays, kernel panics in HDR video playback on, a notch issue on 2021 MacBook Pro models, and MagSafe charging stopping on 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 computers. There’s no mention of fixing any memory leaks, though.

Apple (Hacker News):

This document describes the security content of macOS Monterey 12.1.


Update (2021-12-16): Steve Troughton-Smith:

My tiny partial-contribution to AppKit for macOS 12.1: NSToolbarItemGroup automatic subitem validation now works! Previously, item groups wouldn’t properly enable/disable subitems based on the responder chain (FB9686110)

Howard Oakley:

Apple also lists the following bugs which are fixed in 12.1

Dominik Wagner:

Yet another #macOS update yet another try at first login to accidentally force me into desktop and document directory iCloud sync. This is getting old, apple. (Though not on all machines)


Update (2021-12-20): Howard Oakley:

Yet in the 12.1 update, M1 Macs got away with about 3.2 GB for the whole update, and Intel models just over 2.8 GB.

You will also no doubt have noticed that the time taken to prepare the update, once it has been downloaded, has doubled to 30 minutes, although on faster M1 chips that turns out to be significantly shorter. Some of that may be attributable to greater compression, as anyone who has installed a copy of Xcode from a .xip archive knows well. But there also appear to be changes in the updater itself: if you run a content caching server and have updated Intel and M1 Macs, you’ll have noticed that less of the update appears common to both architectures, resulting in larger downloads for servers that cater for updating both.

These are important improvements for a great many Mac users around the world, whose Internet connections don’t reach the speeds expected in Californian cities, and those which are capped. I hope that these improvements continue during the Monterey cycle.


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Safari 15.0 (16612., 16612) on macOS 11.6 (20G165) Big Sur does not save properly web pages as ".webarchive" files, since it changes their names and replaces them by weird ones. No problem with previous versions os Safari.

Has such flaw been fixed in Safari 15.2 (17612. on macOS 12.1 Monterey?

@MeX That bug was also in macOS 12.0.1 but seems to be fixed in 12.1.

Losing connections to Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard at same time after 12.1 on 2020 Mac mini. I watched as I got a screen message that Mouse lost connection and right after lost the keyboard? Powering off and on both did not reconnect them. I had to find a wired mouse to reset Bluetooth on Mac. Have had zero issues with either connections until I upgraded. Maybe a problem with Monterey 12.1? Just seems like Bluetooth issues have been an issue with M1 Mac's? I thought they were resolved, but maybe they have resurfaced?

@JohnIL I’ve been seeing lots of Bluetooth issues with Intel Macs and Monterey, too.

Thanks Michael Tsai, you are right. Bug fixed now with Safari 15.2 (16612., 16612). Finally!!!

Safari 15.2 (16612., 16612) has broken the Save as Format option. No way to save as ".webarchive". FRUSTRATING!!!

@ MeX: huh. What OS is that? For me (Monterey 12.1), Safari 15.2 is Version 15.2 (17612. Are you on Catalina?

And saving as webarchive did work for me.

Thanks, Sören. It is macOS 11.6.2 (20G314) Big Sur, and a newer Safari version does not show in "Apple - System Preferences - Software Update".

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