MacOS Monterey

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macOS Monterey (version 12) is the eighteenth major release of macOS, Apple's desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. The successor to macOS Big Sur, it was announced at WWDC 2021 on June 7, 2021,[3][4][5][6] and released on October 25, 2021.[7][8] macOS Monterey was succeeded by macOS Ventura, which was released on October 24, 2022.

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macOS Monterey
Version of the macOS operating system
Screenshot of macOS Monterey in light appearance
DeveloperApple Inc.
OS family
Source modelClosed, with open source components
October 25, 2021; 16 months ago (2021-10-25)[1]
Latest release12.6.3 (21G419)[2] (January 23, 2023; 58 days ago (2023-01-23)) [±]
Update methodSoftware Update
Platformsx86-64, ARM64
Kernel typeHybrid (XNU)
LicenseProprietary software with open-source components and content licensed with APSL
Preceded bymacOS Big Sur
Succeeded bymacOS Ventura
Official at the Wayback Machine (archived October 17, 2022)
TaglineHigh powered meets "Hi everyone."
Support status
Supported with security updates

The operating system is named after Monterey Bay, continuing the trend of releases named after California locations since 2013's 10.9 Mavericks.