MacOS Monterey release date: Apple launches its new OS today

Apple's released its newest operating system for Macs and MacBooks on Monday, Oct. 25.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Apple's MacOS operating system, and Apple celebrated with the release of MacOS Monterey on Monday, Oct. 25. Many Monterey features reflect how much technology has evolved in the past two decades, although we're still waiting for some of the promised features in a future update. (Here's how to download MacOS Monterey now.)

Apple announced a ton of new details at the October Apple event, including new M1 chips, several faster refresh rates for the MacBook Pro and new OS features that launched with iOS 15 last month. 

For more from Apple's October event, including announcements about AirPods 3, MacBooks and Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, check out our event coverage.

You can also check out our guide to whether you should buy a new Mac now or wait. You can also take a look at the best new features for WatchOS 8 and see if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 15.

CNET's Ian Sherr contributed to this report.

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