Wednesday, Mar 16, 2022, 14:15 Software

macOS 12.3, iOS 15.4 & More – First Impressions & Feedback

After several weeks worth of testing phases, macOS 12.3 and iOS 15.4 – along with updates for the Apple TV and watchOS, are finally available. Millions of devices have already been updated and countless experience reports. Larger problems don't seem to be that present right now, although there are some users on the forums discussing less major complaints. In the rest of this report, we'll summarize what the word is on the most recent updates and where the issues lie.

macOS 12.3 – Problems With External GPUs
For those who have connected an external GPU to their Macs, M1 Macs still do not support this and so those who rely on an external GPU may run into a road block if they update to macOS 12.3. The support forums mention device performance more or less completely failing. After updating, the M1 Mac's internal GPU often functions faster than even extremely potent external GPUs such as the W6800X. However, not all users are affected, which is why there is currently still some guesswork to be done as to what the cause of the conflict could be.

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Third Party Applications – Outdated Dropbox/OneDrive Interfaces
Just a few weeks ago, Dropbox and Microsoft warned users in advance that an update to macOS 12.3 cause some problems with their apps due to Apple changing the interface for "cloud" connections. Microsoft has already reacted with an update and those who use OneDrive for macOS and plan on installing version 12.3 are advised to also install the new version of OneDrive. Dropbox has also issued a compatibility warning and is also working on a fix. It's already clear that the new cloud limitations only apply to third party applications.

iOS 15.4 – Setting Up Face ID With Face Masks & Glasses
Those who want to be able to use Face ID whilst wearing face masks now have the option to do so with a new scan. According to some users, there may be a few extra steps for glasses users who may have to go through the entire process more than once. Although glasses users are already asked to scan around their head one time whilst wearing glasses and one time whilst not – in some cases, glasses + a face mask are simply too much for the system to handle at once and it becomes overwhelmed and unable to unlock the device. A simple fix to the problem is entering System Preferences and heading to Face ID where users would then choose to create a new Profile and "Add Glasses".

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Update Times Becoming An Exercise In Patience For Many
The times in which Apple software updates took place quickly have long since ended. We've come to a point at which even relatively "small" security updates necessitate downloads of multiple gigabytes and 30 minute wait times to add. Many users have already indicated how especially long it took them to update their devices to iOS 15.4 this go-around. The updates even took 45-60 minutes on new iPhones, a time range that our editorial team was able to confirm. Apple really does need to do something when it comes to these update times – especially given its previous promise of smaller, faster updates – which clearly hasn't been the case thus far.

The Eternal Topic – Reduced Battery Life
The most common complaint after every update is of abruptly reduced battery life. However, these complaints stem almost entirely from a lack of understanding – after the initial installation and launch of a new update on a device, the system temporarily handles a slightly higher load. Background services such as Spotlight end up placing more demands on the CPU during the initial phase after installation and thus require more energy. This event is only a temporary aspect of every update though and not a problem with the update nor one that will persist very long.

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