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macOS 12 Monterey Update Will No Longer Have Built-in PHP

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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Almost a week ago, Apple announced the update to its desktop operating system- macOS 12 Monterey. The new update offers several new features, some exclusive to macOS and others borrowed from the new iOS and iPadOS 15.

The macOS Monterey offers Universal Control, shortcuts, and AirPlay to Mac. Moreover, it also offers a fully redesigned Safari with a new tab that integrates the address and search box within the active tab. Shortcuts have been integrated through the OS so the user can launch workflows from anywhere. Additionally, it also offers the voice isolation feature on FaceTime.

But the new update also has its downsides. Ever since Apple launched the OS X 10.0.0 version, PHP has been built into the system. For a user to enable the PHP in the default web server, they needed to remove the first comment symbols of the several lines of configuration instructions in the Apache configuration file httpd.conf.

The CGI or the CLI on the OS version could be used by default. However, in the latest macOS Monterey update, the PHP will no longer be built-in, which means that developers who utilize the PHP language on the Mac platform will have to install it manually themselves. The built-in PHP in the system image has changed, so macOS Monterey cannot recognize the PHP commands.

For users with the older version of the macOS, especially the users who have been using macOS Big Sur, will receive a message that clearly indicates that the upcoming update has removed PHP. However, it should also be mentioned that Monterey still comes with a 2.7.16 Python environment which is the same language as the one available in Big Sur. It is unlikely that Apple will remove Python-like PHP in the future. All they could possibly do is upgrade it to Python 3.


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