macOS updates improve the stability, performance, or compatibility of your device and are recommended for all users. Device administrators can manage software updates using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution.
For information about general improvements, learn about updates to macOS Monterey.
For details about the security content of these updates, see Apple Security Updates.
macOS Monterey 12.6.4
- Resolved an issue where MDM Lock on a Mac with the Apple T2 Security Chip could be bypassed.
macOS Monterey 12.6.3
- Resolves an issue where using MDM to install a macOS 12 Monterey update may install macOS 13 Ventura.
softwareupdatecommand line tool no longer lists macOS 13 Ventura as an available update when it is deferred by MDM.
macOS Monterey 12.6.1
- Resolves an issue where macOS 13 could only be delayed from appearing in software update using both the major and minor OS delay settings.
- Resolves an issue where the Wi-Fi menu was not available at the activation screen after performing Erase All Contents and Settings.
- Resolves an issue where joining a WPA Personal network may result in a “keychain cannot be found” error.
- Resolves an issue where a software update was initiated but did not download.
macOS Monterey 12.5
- Improves performance for Xsan clients in DLC and high performance configurations.
- Improves stability when using Network Extensions.
- Improves stability of the Kerberos SSO Extension when changing passwords.
macOS Monterey 12.4
- Adds support for signing in with a Managed Apple ID that is federated with Google Workspace.
- MDMs can query additional update status information after an InstallLater command.
- Resolves an issue where the network becomes unresponsive using multiple Network Extensions or a Network Extension with an Ethernet adapter.
- Resolves an issue where the Kerberos SSO extension may fail to reconnect or sign in automatically.
- Resolves an issue where links to Microsoft Teams fail to open from Safari.
- Resolves an issue on Intel-based Mac computers where entering the firmware password was required to return to the login window after attempting a password reset.
macOS Monterey 12.3.1
- Resolves an issue where a software update may become stuck at an Apple logo and progress bar.
macOS Monterey 12.3
- Python 2.7 is removed from macOS.
- AirPlay Receiver on a Mac can be restricted by MDM.
- Improves reliability with managed software updates using InstallLater.
- Resolves an issue where software update scans become unresponsive.
- Resolves an issue where DNS queries failed when using Cisco AnyConnect.
- Resolves an issue using NTLM authentication on SMB print servers that also allow Kerberos.
- Resolves an issue where Safari prompts for an identity certificate multiple times.
- Resolves an issue on Mac computers with the Apple T2 Security Chip where entering the firmware password was required to return to the login window after attempting a password reset.
- Resolves an issue where Microsoft Office documents couldn't be saved to Xsan or StorNext volumes.
macOS Monterey 12.2
- Resolves an issue that prevented searching mail in Microsoft Outlook.
- Resolves an issue that prevented authenticating to a Windows print server with increased RPC authentication level.
- Resolves an issue opening websites while using an authenticated proxy with a Network Extension.
- Resolves an issue where Network Extensions may intermittently lose connectivity after long periods of use.
macOS Monterey 12.1
- Mac computers with Apple silicon connected to Ethernet can now activate automatically when Erase All Content and Settings is performed by MDM.
- Screen sharing can now be enabled remotely only by MDM.
- Resolves an issue where iCloud Photos could be enabled while restricted by MDM.
- Resolves an issue that prevented Software Update from recognizing smart card enforcement for authentication.
- Resolves an issue that prevented the FileVault recovery key from rotating.
macOS Monterey 12.0.1
macOS Monterey includes new features like Erase All Contents and Settings, MDM software update enhancements, and other device management improvements.
- MDM can perform Erase All Content and Settings on Mac computers with Apple silicon or the Apple T2 Security Chip.
- MDM software update commands support new features like user deferrals for InstallLater and a countdown notification for InstallASAP.
- System extensions can be removed by MDM.
- MDM can allow users who aren't administrators to approve kernel extensions.
- User Enrollment supports iCloud Drive and Managed Apps.
- iCloud Private Relay can be prevented on supervised devices. Learn how to prepare your network for iCloud Private Relay.
- MDM can configure and enable firewall logging.
Bug fixes and other improvements
- You can press Option-Shift-Return and enter the FileVault Recovery Key on a Mac with Apple silicon to unlock the disk and reach the macOS login window.
- Mac computers with Apple silicon support 802.11r, 802.11k, and 802.11v Wi-Fi roaming standards.
- The IPv6-Only-Preferred option in DHCPv4 is now supported.
- Resolves an issue where managed software updates could not be installed when no user is logged in.
- Resolves an issue where background processes unexpectedly prompt for proxy authentication.
- Websites without www-authenticate in their header no longer fail to load when the Kerberos Extensible SSO profile is in use.
- Resolves an issue where printing may fail for Active Directory user accounts.
- Resolves an issue with volume ownership when Recovery Lock is applied before a user is created on the system.