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Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.3 with Universal Control, Spatial Audio Dynamic Head Tracking on Mac M1s and more

Apple launches macOS 12.3 next week with Universal Control and more

Apple today released macOS Monterey 12.3, the third major update to the ‌macOS Monterey‌ operating system that launched in October 2021. ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3 comes more than a month after the release of macOS 12.2, an update that fixed a Safari vulnerability.

The ‌‌‌‌‌macOS Monterey‌‌ 12.3‌‌ update can be downloaded on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences. Apple has also released macOS Big Sur 11.6.5 for users who have not yet upgraded to ‌macOS Monterey‌.

‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3 introduces several new features, the most important of which is Universal Control. ‌Universal Control‌ is designed to let you use a single mouse/trackpad and keyboard across multiple Macs and iPads (with iPads running iPadOS 15.4). After updating your devices to macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4, ‌Universal Control‌ works automatically, allowing your Mac’s cursor and keyboard to work on the iPad and vice versa.

Universal Control Color Feature

The update adds new emoji characters which include melting face, biting lip, heart hands, bubbles, beans, face with diagonal mouth, palm up, eggs, troll, low battery, coral, lotus, etc. notes to iCloud Keychain entries and adds dynamic head tracking for Spatial Audio on M1 Macs when wearing supported AirPods.

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maOS Monterey 12.3 also adds support for updating AirPods firmware when the headphones are connected to a Mac, plus it deprecates kernel extensions used by Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive, and it eliminates Python 2, Apple asking developers to use an alternative scripting language like Python 3 go ahead.

Apple’s full release notes for the macOS 12.3 update are below:

macOS 12.3 adds Universal Control so you can use one mouse and one keyboard on 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 lets you use one mouse and one keyboard on iPad and Mac
– Text can be typed on Mac or iPad and you can drag and drop files between them

Spatial audio
– Dynamic head tracking is available in Music with AirPods supported on Mac computers with the M1 chip
– Customizable spatial audio settings for Off, Fixed, and Head Tracked are now in Control Center with AirPods supported on Mac computers with the M1 chip

emoji
– New emoji including faces, hand gestures and household items are available in emoji keyboard
– Handshake emoji lets you 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 variety of options
– Podcasts app adds episode filter for seasons, played, unplayed, recorded or downloaded episodes
– Safari web page translation adds support for Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
– Shortcuts now support adding, deleting or querying tags with callbacks
– Saved passwords can now include your own notes
– Battery capacity readings have improved accuracy

This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac:
– News widgets in Today View may not open articles when clicked
– Sound may sound distorted when watching a video in the Apple TV app
– Some photos and videos may be unintentionally moved around when organizing albums in Photos

Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For more information on Apple Software Update Security content, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

For more on ‌macOS Monterey‌, be sure to check out our dedicated roundup.