Monterey Thoughts

I did the upgrade on my iMac on Tuesday, and overall it’s okay. Not a huge difference visually from Big Sur, which is a relief. A few apps didn’t start up automatically after the upgrade was complete, which was mildly annoying but temporary.

However, there are some under-the-hood changes that I’ve bumped into:

  1. The ‘Automatically Add to Music’ folder has stopped doing its one and only job. I’ve fixed this using Hazel, no idea why that would have changed.
  2. Apple Music has been reinstated in the Music app, and there doesn’t appear to be a way to turn it off again. The old Restrictions tab in Music’s Preferences has been whisked away, and I was informed that I can now find those settings under Screen Time in System Preference… but Apple Music isn’t listed there. Not impressed, Apple.
  3. A couple of applications got a scary warning at first post-upgrade launch, telling me that they used features that are deprecated and may be removed in a future version of macOS. Unfortunately, both times when I clicked on ‘Learn More’ I got taken to a web page talking about the sunsetting of Python 2, which I’m pretty sure isn’t the deprecated feature Apple meant.

I have a feeling I’ll unearth a few more over the coming months.