Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.4 to the general public. According to the release notes, 12.4 includes updates to the Podcasts app, the Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5, and bug fixes. Below are the release notes:
macOS Monterey 12.4 — Restart Required
macOS Monterey 12.4 includes enhancements to Apple Podcasts and bug fixes:
• Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your Mac and automatically delete older ones
• Support for Studio Display Firmware Update 15.5, available as a separate update, refines camera tuning, including improved noise reduction, contrast, and framing
Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Of note, Monterey 12,4 removes the beta tag for Universal Control, the system that lets you drag and drop files between Macs and iPads. Earlier betas 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 will likely need to update all of your devices to continue using it.
Apple is offering Studio Display Firmware 15.5 as a separate update independent of macOS.
The 12.4 update follows the public release of macOS Monterey 12.3 on March 14, and the release of the 12.3.1 update on March 31. Version 12.3 introduced Universal Control, which lets users connect a Mac to an iPad or another Mac and control them both using the same keyboard and mouse.
How to update to macOS 12.4
- Open System Preferences.
- Click on Software Update.
- Your Mac will spend a minute of so checking for updates, if an update is available for your Mac you’ll have the option to click on Upgrade Now and then download the installer for the update to macOS.
- While the installer is being downloaded you will be able to continue to use your Mac. Once the installer has downloaded you can click to install the new update.
You can also set your Mac to automatically update. For details of how to do that, and more information about updating macOS, read: How to update macOS.