Using a Recovery Key with iCloud

With two-factor authentication enabled and access to an Apple device already logged into an Apple ID account, it is possible to generate a recovery key.

Having a recovery key is a safeguard for data stored in iCloud. If a recovery key exists, there is no way to reset an Apple Password without access to the recovery key and an already trusted Apple device.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. You might need to enter your Apple ID password.
  2. Tap Recovery Key.
  3. Slide to turn on Recovery Key.
  4. Tap Use Recovery Key and enter your device passcode.
  5. Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place.
  6. Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen.

On your Mac

  1. Go to System Preferences > Apple ID > Account Details. You might need to enter your Apple ID password.
  2. Click Security.
  3. In the Recovery Key section, click Turn On.
  4. Click Use Recovery Key.
  5. Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place.
  6. Click Continue.
  7. Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen.

macOS networkQuality utility

macOS Monterrey introduced the networkQuality command line utility to test internet connectivity from the Terminal App. To run the utility, open the Terminal App and type in

networkQuality

The tool by default runs upload and download speed tests in parallel rather than sequentially. This may give a more accurate indication of the true quality of the connection.

The tool grades the connection on what is referred to as ‘Responsiveness’.

Responsiveness measures the quality of your network by the number of roundtrips completed per minute (RPM) under working conditions.

Responsiveness is classified into three categories:

  • Low: If any device on the same network is, for example, downloading a movie or backing up photos to iCloud, the connection in some apps or services might be unreliable, like during FaceTime video calls or gaming.
  • Medium: When multiple devices or apps are sharing the network, you might see momentary pauses or freezes, like during FaceTime audio or video calls.
  • High: Regardless of the number of devices and apps sharing the network, apps and services should maintain good connection.

Apple iWork Suite Updated to version 12.0

Pages 12.0

  • Publish directly to Apple Books with larger file sizes up to 2GB
  • Use Shortcuts on macOS Monterey to create and open documents
  • Read comments and track changes using VoiceOver
  • Insert page numbers anywhere in your document
  • Edit font size more precisely with up to two decimal places
  • Quickly start writing a new document on iPhone—just touch and hold the Pages app icon on the Home Screen
  • Read comments and track changes using VoiceOver

Keynote 12.0

  • Use Shortcuts on macOS Monterey to create or open presentations, rehearse a slideshow, or start presenting
  • Enlarge slides to a maximum zoom level of 400 percent
  • Edit font size more precisely with up to two decimal places

Numbers 12.0

  • Copy a snapshot of table cells without formulas, categories, or hidden values
  • Use Shortcuts on macOS Monterey to create or open spreadsheets and add rows to a table
  • Create formulas and quickly fill cells with autofill using VoiceOver

Erase all Content and Settings on a Mac

macOS Monterrey adds a new feature that mirrors the convenience of “Erase all Content and Settings” in iOS. This facilitates cleaning a Mac of data before reusing, reselling or passing on a Mac.

To access Erase All Content and Settings on a Mac, the computer must :

  • Have Apple Silicon or the Apple T2 Security chip.
  • Be running macOS Monterrey or later.

This feature is accessed from the System Preferences Menu in the Finder.

macOS Monterey 12.3.1

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3.1. In addition to bug fixes and security updates this update addresses :

  • Some 2021 MacBook Pro models cannot update or restore to macOS Monterey 12.3
  • USB-C or Thunderbolt external display does not turn on when connected to Mac mini (2018) as a second display
  • Bluetooth devices, such as game controllers, may disconnect from your Mac after playing audio through some Beats headphones