With the introduction of macOS Catalina in 2019, Apple finally ended iTunes’ reign by dividing its features into apps dedicated to podcasts, TV and music. There was just one problem – the new Music app isn’t much different from iTunes, and even new streaming items display as web pages instead of natively.
The macOS 12.2 beta is now available, with smoother scrolling in Safari on the latest MacBook Pro with ProMotion, and a native Apple Music and TV experience supported by AppKit Views instead of Web Views. https://t.co/jjM9THIxFc
— wondrous hydra (@wondroushydra) December 16, 2021
Like 9to5Mac points out, developers testing a beta version of the upcoming macOS Monterey update, 12.2, spotted an updated version of the Music app that fixes some of these issues. While the iTunes parts of the app remain the same, word is that the Music & TV app now uses native AppKit views instead of web views, which should make everything faster and easier to use when interacting with streaming services. Searching for music or scrolling through content is where you might notice the most difference.
Even better, you can try it out yourself if you’re willing to install the beta software on your laptop or desktop, because the 12.2 public beta became available today. If you have one of the newer MacBook Pro laptops and are installing the beta, you may also notice improved ProMotion scrolling support in Safari.
The beta program is open to everyone on Apple’s website, and if you’re not sure about diving in, we’ve got instructions on how to get you set up. If you need to back up your software or want to create a separate partition to install it without disturbing your current installation, we’ve got you covered.