June 2021’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference keynote offered surprisingly little on the next version of macOS. It was introduced towards the end of the presentation, and it took up much less time than you’d expect. Perhaps this is due to the Mac team spending much of their time with the switch-over to the new Apple-made chips, and perhaps it’s because a lot of the new features, such as Quick Notes, SharePlay and Focus, had already been discussed during the iOS 15 presentation. There’s some interesting tidbits on offer, though some of them are only available on the very latest Macs that run Apple Silicon processors; if you’re still on an Intel Mac, you won’t get the full benefit of macOS 12.
As always, the new operating system was named at the WWDC keynote. We already knew it was going to be macOS 12, as macOS 11.1 and 11.2 were taken with Big Sur updates, but we now know it’s to be called macOS 12: Monterey. Again, it’s based on a Californian location, specifically Monterey Bay.