Apple releases macOS Monterey 12.3 with Universal Control, Spatial Audio Dynamic Head Tracking on M1 Macs and more

macOS Monterey on MBP Feature

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

macOS Monterey on MBP Feature


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 haven’t upgraded to macOS Monterey yet.

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

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New emoji characters have been added in the update including melting faces, biting lips, heart hands, bubbles, beans, face with diagonal mouth, palm up hand, egg, troll, low battery, coral, lotus, and more , plus it brings support for adding notes to iCloud Keychain entries and it adds dynamic head tracking to the Spatial Audio feature on the M1 Mac while wearing supported AirPods.

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maOS Monterey 12.3 also adds support for updating AirPods firmware when the earbuds are connected to a Mac, plus it removes kernel extensions used by Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive, and it eliminates Python 2. , Apple instructs developers to use an alternative scripting language such as Python. 3 going forward.

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

macOS 12.3 adds Universal Controls so you can use the same mouse and 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 allows you to use the same mouse and keyboard on iPad and Mac
– Text can be typed on Mac or iPad and you can drag and drop files between them

local 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 tracks are now in Control Center with AirPods supported on Mac computers with M1 chip

emoji
– New emojis are available in Emoji Keyboard including face, hand gestures and household items
– Handshake emoji allows you to choose a different skin tone 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 filters for episodes played, unplayed, saved or downloaded by season
– Safari adds support for webpage translation Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
– Shortcuts now support adding, deleting or querying tags with reminders
– Saved passwords can now include your own notes
– Battery capacity readings have improved accuracy

This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac:
– Cannot open articles when news widget is clicked in today view
– Audio may sound distorted when watching videos in the Apple TV app
– Some photos and videos may inadvertently move when organizing photos into albums

Some features may not be available in all regions or for all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

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