Following up on the first Release Candidate build that was released last week, Apple has now seeded a second RC build of macOS Monterey 12.5 to developers as well as those enrolled in the public Apple Beta Program. The new build number is 21G72 and while Apple has not indicated why there was a second Release Candidate build, it is likely that testers or Apple themselves discovered a critical bug that needed to be addressed.
The release has been made available both to the Apple Developer community as well as the Apple Public Beta Program for testing on devices.
Interestingly, Apple also released a second RC build of iOS 15.6 last Friday so the issue could be released to a cross-platform feature or function.
macOS Monterey 12.5 is only bringing minor feature enhancements and is mostly focused on underlying fixes and stability. Some of the known fixes coming in this release include:
- TV app adds the option to restart a live sports game already in-progress and pause, rewind, or fast-forward
- Fixes an issue in Safari where a tab may revert back to a previous page
- Fixes a crash issue with Apple Books
As with all beta builds, there is no word on when this new update will be released to the general public. Given that this is the second Release Candidate, it is likely going to be another week so Apple can make sure whatever issues they needed to address have been resolved.
12.5 is likely going to represent one of the last “dot” release of Monterey as well. With macOS Ventura already in beta testing, the focus of Apple and testers will be on that platform going forward. Still, from time-to-time, Apple could release security updates to Monterey going forward as needed for the next couple of years.