Some Mac users report ‘memory leak’ issues with macOS Monterey

Some users who’ve upgraded to macOS Monterey are being hit with a “memory leak” issue where a process or application stays running for prolonged periods in the background, consuming abnormally high amounts of memory or RAM.

Unveiled at WWDC21, macOS Monterey gives users the power to accomplish more than ever.
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Sami Fathi for MacRumors:

Reports on Twitter, Reddit, the MacRumors Forums, and the Apple Support Communities consist of users reporting their Mac warning that the system has “run out of application memory” or that specific applications are consuming ridiculously high amounts of RAM in Activity Monitor.

The pop-up is seemingly being shown to users despite minimal use of their Macs with considerable amounts of memory to spare. In some instances, some users have suggested that restarting the Mac helps, while others say the pop-up reappears shortly after. A user on the Apple Support Communities noted their experience:

Since downloading Monterey I receive repeated messages “your system has run out of application memory”. This is only occurred since downloading Monterey. When examining activity monitor pages seems to be the main culprit using up 18 GB and more! Is this evidence of a memory leak for Pages with Monterey os? Restart makes no difference.

Mac users on the MacRumors Forums, the Apple Support Communities, and Reddit, are noting similar experiences.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, this leak will be plugged ASAP.

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  1. I recently ran into an issue on Mojave where Mail was using 49 GB of RAM. It recurred after restart, and eventually I updated to Monterey. I’m now seeing Mail using 50% of my CPU on a regular basis, at rest. AppleCare hasn’t been able to figure it out.

  2. This latest software update kerfuffle is indicative of Cook’s uneven leadership. Releasing software updates yearly for Macs, iPhones, iPads and the rest puts developers on a constant revolving treadmill year after year and wonder if this maddening pace is necessary?

    Certainly more difficult to cross all your T’s and dot your I’s…

    1. Cook is not the driving push – start looking t9 engineers working on hardware and software to find their mutual agreement as to what is possible for next fall releases. They are probably working on 2022 and are starting on 2023. It all goes into the grinder and hopefully new and great products come out on time, If delays are needed Cook isn’t going to fight them. This has probably been the same for years, and the same with other companies as well.

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