Top Stories: New MacBook Pros and AirPods 3 Launch, macOS Monterey Released, and More

Apple released macOS Monterey, the new MacBook Pro models, and third-generation AirPods this week, following last week's Apple event.

We're now learning more about the new MacBook Pro models, including the ProMotion display, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chip, and much more. Apple is moving ahead with its next set operating system updates, iOS 12.1 and iOS 15.2, so stay tuned for more details about this week's top stories.

Apple Launches macOS Monterey with AirPlay to Mac and Safari Updates. Shortcuts App, and More

Apple also released macOS Monterey this week alongside the new models of the 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro. This software update includes several new features such as AirPlay to Mac and an Erase all Content and Settings option. This allows you to restore a Mac's factory settings without having to reinstall it.

10 Great macOS Monterey Features Worth Upgrading For

Apple has now seeded macOS 12.1 beta for developers to test additional features like SharePlay and bug fixes.

We have compiled a list with 10 macOS Monterey new features that are worth upgrading to. However, keep in mind that Universal Control and SharePlay will not be available until a later version.

The New MacBook Pro: Hands-On

Keep in mind, however, that certain macOS Monterey features, such as Portrait Mode for FaceTime or on-device keyboard transcription, are not available to Intel-based Macs. This is likely due to the lack of Apple's Neural engine.

We were able to get our hands on the new MacBook Pro models and shared our first impressions in a video.

iOS 15.1 Features: All New

Many reviewers agreed that the new MacBook Pro models have impressive upgrades. They offer faster performance, more ports, longer battery lives, and mini-LED displays with ProMotion.

This week saw the release iOS 15.1 in addition to macOS Monterey. There are many new features and changes, as usual.

We have gathered everything new in iOS 15.1 - including SharePlay, ProRes audio recording on iPhone 13 Pro models, and the ability to add COVID-19 vaccine cards to the Wallet App.

Apple also released iOS 15.2 beta 1 and here are all the new features.

Video Comparison: AirPods 3, vs. AirPods PRO

We have our first impressions of the third-generation AirPods and we have a video to share with you.

Apple Announces a Setting to Prevent Mac App's Menu Bar Items from Being Hidden Under Notch

AirPods Pro 3 have a similar design to the AirPods Pro but without silicone ear tips or active noise cancellation. The key features include spatial audio, adaptive EQ, extended battery life, and a MagSafe charging case that is water-resistant.

Apple has released a support document explaining how users can make sure that app menu items don't appear behind the notch of the new MacBook Pro models.

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Apple's support document explains that users can enable "scale to fit beneath built-in camera" to allow an app to adjust its active area. This will ensure that menu items are visible below the notch.

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