The new macOS 12.2 beta finally brings ProMotion support to Safari

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What you need to know

  • The new macOS 12.2 beta includes improved scrolling in Safari when using a 120Hz ProMotion Mac.
  • Apple is testing macOS 12.2 with developers.
  • No timeline has been given for when macOS 12.2 will be shipped to the public.

Apple's recently released macOS Monterey 12.2 beta didn't have anything interesting to say in its release notes, but that doesn't mean that there aren't changes worth paying attention to. One such change is the arrival of 120Hz ProMotion support in Safari.

According to multiple reports across social media and Reddit as spied by 9to5Mac, it appears that Apple's new beta improves the scrolling performance on the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. It was notable following their release that Safari didn't seem to be playing ball in terms of making use of ProMotion and Apple subsequently released a Safari Technology Preview that added ProMotion support. Now, it looks like we can expect that updated Safari to ship alongside macOS 12.2.

The current macOS 12.2 beta is available to developers and they're putting it through its paces already, although there is no telling when we can expect the update to be pushed to the rest of us.

Alongside the new Safari change, Apple also looks set to bring a new Music app to the Mac at some point, with a rebuilt version spied in the beta's code.

As first noted by Luming Yin on Twitter, Apple Music in macOS 12.2 beta now uses AppKit – which is macOS' native interface framework. 9to5Mac was able to confirm based on macOS code that the Music app is now using JET, which is a technology created by Apple to turn web content into native apps.

The new Music app should mean people notice a more fluid Apple Music listening experience, although it's important to remember that anything could happen between now and macOS 12.2 being made available to the public.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.