Apple releases macOS Monterey beta update, but we’re waiting for WWDC

Apple has sent its latest macOS Monterey 12.4 release candidate to the Developer Channel for testing, likely the last release before WWDC 2022 on June 6.

Developers registered with Apple can download the new beta from the Apple Developer Center or from the Software Update option in System Preferences on an existing beta.

The biggest feature change of note, according to MacRumors, is support for the new 15.5 Studio Display firmware, which should resolve existing issues with the built-in webcam, including fine-tuning the camera, improved lowering noise, framing and contrast.

If you are overloaded with too many podcast downloads, this update will also relieve you. The update gives the Podcasts app the ability to limit the number of episodes stored on a Mac device and automatically delete old downloaded episodes.

Analysis: More macOS Monterey coming to WWDC 2022?

While this latest macOS Monterey beta seems pretty light, all things considered, we’re less than a month away from WWDC on June 6, 2022. So this might not be the update to watch.

Since WWDC 2022 is Apple’s premier developer conference, this event could see other major announcements regarding future macOS Monterey updates, including major new features and operating system changes. Usually, major updates released to a dev channel offer more than a few tweaks and bug fixes, so Apple might hold back its most exciting changes for WWDC.

That’s what we’re hoping for because while we’re happy to see our podcast queue get a little less crowded with uploads, this update really could have been sent in an email or something.

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