macOS Monterey 12.3 with Universal Control released, download now

ByLance T. Lee

Mar 14, 2022

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3 for Mac users running the Monterey operating system.

Notably, macOS Monterey 12.3 includes support for Universal Control, the long-awaited feature that lets a single mouse and keyboard control multiple Macs and iPads. To use Universal Control with macOS Monterey and iPad, all connected devices must be running macOS 12.3 or later, and iPadOS 15.4 or later. The feature is enabled by default.

MacOS Monterey 12.3 also includes other small improvements, dozens of new Emoji icons, and bug fixes, making it recommended for all Mac users running the macOS Monterey operating system. Note that macOS Monterey 12.3 removes Python 2 from macOS, so you’ll want to make Python 3 the default or find an alternate solution if you’re relying on python.

Separately, Apple released iPadOS 15.4 for iPad, iOS 15.4 for iPhone, tvOS 15.4 for Apple TV, and watchOS 8.5 for Apple Watch.

How to Download MacOS Monterey 12.3 Update

Always back up the Mac with Time Machine before starting any system software updates.

  1. In the  Apple menu, go to “System Preferences”
  2. Choose the “Software Update” control panel
  3. Select “Update Now” when the macOS Monterey 12.3 update is available for download
  4. macOS Monterey 12.3

Mac users who are not yet running Monterey but are instead running an older version of system software like Big Sur or Catalina will find a security update and Safari updates available.

macOS Big Sur 11.6.5 will be available for macOS Big Sur users, while Security Update 2022-003 Catalina will show up for macOS Catalina users.

macOS Monterey 12.3 Direct Download Link

Mac users can download the full macOS Monterey 12.3 installer directly from Apple, if they wish:

Note that the full package installer is not a combo update or a delta update, which apparently were deprecated with Monterey.

macOS Monterey 12.3 Release Notes

The release notes attached to the update are as follows.

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 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 AirPods supported on Mac computers with the M1 chip


* New emoji including faces, hand gestures and household objects 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

How do I enable universal control?

On macOS, Universal Control can be enabled by going to  Apple Menu > System Preferences > Displays > Universal Control > and checking the box for “Allow your cursor and keyboard to move between any nearby Macs or iPads”.

Universal Control is enabled by default on the iPad, but the settings toggle is in Settings > General > Airplay & Handoff > “Cursor & Keyboard (Beta)”.

Remember that Universal Control requires all eligible devices to be running macOS 12.3 or later, or iPadOS 15.4 or later.

Assuming all devices are running the latest versions of system software, you’ll find the Universal Control settings on the Mac in System Preferences > Displays, where you can adjust feature settings, as well as screen orientation.

Separately, Apple has released iOS 15.4 for iPhone, iPadOS 15.4 for iPad, along with updates for watchOS and tvOS.

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