MacOS 12.3 with Universal Control, new emojis and more available for download

ByLance T. Lee

Mar 14, 2022

Along with iPad OS 15.4 and iOS 15.4, Apple also released the macOS Monterey 12.3 update today. This third update comes a month after MacOS 12.2, an update that fixed the Safari vulnerability. MacOS 12.3 brings Universal Control, 37 new emojis, Dynamic Spatial Control head tracking for M1 Macs, among other improvements and bug fixes.

Universal control is now available

Universal Control is probably the most exciting feature that macOS 12.3 brings to Mac users. This new feature was designed to allow the use of a single mouse/trackpad and keyboard on Mac and even iPad (running iPad OS 15.4). Universal Control will automatically be enabled once the Mac and iPad have been updated to their corresponding latest software versions. Once enabled, you can also start using your Mac’s cursor on your iPad.

37 fun new emojis and more features

Similar to the iOS 15.4 update, macOS 12.3 also comes with 37 new emojis. New faces, hand gestures and household items are available in emoji keyboard. There are also multiple skin tones available for handshake emojis.

The update also makes dynamic head tracking available for music with supported AirPods on M1 Macs. Additionally, customizable spatial audio settings for Off, Fixed, and Head Tracked are now in Control Center for supported AirPods on Macs running an M1 chip.

Other improvements include:

  • Additional voices for Siri for more diverse options
  • Podcasts app adds episode filters for seasons, played, unplayed, saved 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 notes
  • Battery capacity readings have improved accuracy

macOS 12.3 also includes fixes for the following bugs identified in the latest update:

  • New Today View widgets 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

How to get macOS 12.3

The latest update should appear automatically via OTA for Mac users. To see if it’s available for your Mac, go to System Preferences > Software update. The download is approximately 4.53 GB and will take a few minutes. For those who haven’t moved to Monterey yet, Apple also released macOS Big Sur 11.6.5 today.

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