Tuesday, Mar 15, 2022, 15:47 Mac: Software

Apple Releases macOS Monterey 12.3

The beta phase took about one and a half months, but now, the final version of macOS Monterey 12.3 is finally available. The new version is the third update for the system, which Apple released in October. The first update came around the middle of December and the second came towards the end of January. The most recent update is much more than a simple set of bug fixes and stability enhancements – it's more of a broad reaching release with countless improvements to pre-exiting features and some new functions – including some interplay between macOS and iPadOS.

macOS 12.3: The Most Important Changes
The update to the new system version comes with some new features and improvements. Check them out in the list below:

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  • Universal Control, which allows both iPad and Mac to be controlled via the same mouse and keyboard.
  • Spatial Audio is now available for supported Macs (any Mac with M-chip) and supported models of the iPad Air. The feature simulates multiple audio sources in one room and utilizes head-tracking.
  • Improved Podcast app with new filters.
  • iCloud Keychain now supports notes for saved passwords and no longer allows passwords "without usernames".
  • New US-English voices for Siri.
  • Support for the new Studio Display.
  • "Visual Search" feature added to Photo Library.


Download & Installation
As usual, the update is installable in the System Preferences under the "Software Update" section. The appropriate installation packet will then be automatically installed, manual downloads are not required. Unfortunately, a little bit of patience is still necessary – although Apple has promised to make updates considerably faster, Big Sur and macOS Monterey have provided the exact opposite experience thus far. A summary of the official release notes can be found below:

macOS 12.3 adds Universal Control so you can use a single mouse and keyboard across your Mac and iPad. This release also includes new emoji, dynamic head tracking for Music, and other features and bug fixes for your Mac.

  • Universal Control (beta)
  • Universal Control allows you to use a single mouse and keyboard across iPad and Mac
  • Text can be typed on either Mac or iPad and you can drag and drop files between them
  • Spatial Audio
  • Dynamic head tracking is available in Music with supported AirPods on Mac computers with the M1 chip
  • Customizable spatial audio settings for Off, Fixed, and Head Tracked are now in Control Center with supported AirPods on Mac computers with the M1 chip
  • Emoji
  • New emoji including faces, hand gestures, and household objects are available in emoji keyboard
  • Handshake emoji allows you to choose separate skin tones for each hand
  • This release also includes the following enhancements for your Mac:
  • Siri now includes an additional voice, expanding the diversity of options
  • Podcasts app adds episode filter for seasons, played, unplayed, saved, or downloaded episodes
  • Safari webpage translation adds support for Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
  • Shortcuts now supports adding, removing, or querying tags with Reminders
  • Saved passwords can now include your own notes
  • Battery capacity readings have improved accuracy
  • This release also includes the following bug fixes:
  • News widgets in Today View may not open articles when clicked
  • Audio may sound distorted while watching video in the Apple TV app
  • Some photos and videos may be unintentionally moved when organizing albums in Photos
  • Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

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