Apple has released the final developer beta of macOS Monterey 12.4, which includes a few smaller features, bug fixes, and security updates. We expect the public release to arrive sometime next week.
Notably, the final version removes the beta tag from Universal Control, the system that lets you drag and drop files between Mac and iPad. Previous beta versions included a warning that Universal Control in 12.4 and iPad OS 15.5 was not compatible with macOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4, so you may need to update all your devices to continue using it. It is not clear if there is anything new, although the settings and options remain the same.
macOS 12.4 also includes a firmware update for the new studio screen which brings “refinements to the Studio Display camera tuning, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing.” However, Apple offers Studio Display Firmware 15.5 as a separate update to macOS.
Other new features include an update to the Podcast app and an issue with StoreKit 2 subscription offers. Apple didn’t provide any other details about the content of version 12.4. Beta version 12.4 follows the public release of macOS Monterey 12.3 on March 14, and the launch of the 12.3.1 updates on March 31. Release 12.3 released universal controlswhich allows users to connect a Mac to an iPad or another Mac and control them with the same keyboard and mouse.
Developers can get the update through the Apple Developer Websiteor, if you are running the beta version, by performing a software update. To install the public beta, you must be enrolled in the public beta program. Then go to the Guide Click the “macOS” tab, then “Enroll your Mac” in the Get Started section.