Apple Releases macOS 12.5.1 And watchOS 8.7.1 But Don’t Expect New Features

Apple has just released macOS Monterey 12.5.1, along with watchOS 8.7.1 to the public. Both updates are likely to be the last before the new macOS 13 Ventura and watchOS 9 is released in the next few weeks.

The new macOS Monterey 12.5.1 update arrives a month after macOS Monterey 12.5 was released and comes with new security updates rather than big new features in tow.

That means that while you should absolutely install this update as soon as possible, those who do shouldn’t expect to be getting their hands on new features once the update completes. For those, you’re going to need to wait for macOS 13 Ventura.

As for this update, Mac users can download it via the System Preferences app on their machines and they’ll need to restart once the download has completed.

It is pretty much the same story with the release of watchOS 8.7.1 as well, with Apple’s release notes stating that the release packs bug fixes and security updates. So if you were expecting new features to have made the cut, you’ll have to wait for watchOS 9 to go live.

With macOS 13 Ventura and watchOS 9 now just around the corner, Apple has a lot going on right now. Not only is the Mac and the Apple Watch getting a big new update but the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV are as well. The new iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and tvOS 16 updates are all expected to arrive in the next few weeks following a lengthy beta process that began on June 6. That’s when Apple announced the updates via its WWDC22 opening keynote.

Apple also has new hardware on the horizon, with refreshed iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watch, all expected to arrive before the end of the year.

Update: watchOS 8.7.1 is available for Apple Watch Series 3 only.

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