macOS Monterey 12.3 now available with Universal Control and more

macOS Monterey 12.3 now available with Universal Control and more

Apple released macOS Monterey (also known as macOS 12) in October of last year, complete with a revamped Safari web browser, improvements for Shortcuts and FaceTime, and much more. However, one of the most-anticipated features — Universal Control — was delayed to a future release. Apple released macOS 12.3 on Monday alongside iOS 15.4, and it finally adds the long-awaited Universal Control.

Universal Control is now available on select Mac models, which allows you to use a single mouse/trackpad and keyboard across multiple Macs and iPads. Some applications have been available in the past with this functionality, including some that work across Mac and Windows (Logitech Flow is one example), but Apple’s closed ecosystem prevented most of those options from working with iPads. Each iPad in a Universal Control setup also needs to be running iPadOS 15.4.

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macOS Monterey 12.3 also includes the same new emoji as iOS 15.4, and there are a few under-the-hood changes. The update officially deprecates the kernel extension used by Dropbox, OneDrive, and other cloud sync services. Those applications were broken when macOS 12.3 was in beta, but are rolling out updates that switch to Apple’s newer File Provider API. Microsoft updated OneDrive in January to fix the problem, while Dropbox is still working on a fix.

macOS Monterey 12.3 Changelog

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

Other enhancements

  • 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

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

Python 2 has also been removed from macOS with the release of 12.3, though by this point, most Python-powered applications are using Python 3 or a self-hosted Python 2 installation anyway. Check out the changelog above for everything new in this release.

Source: Apple

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