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macOS Monterey 12.3 released to users with many new features

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O macOS Monterey 12.3 finally available for all users. Build 21E230 has been made available by Apple in a new OS update, and now we have Universal Control and other exciting new features.

Apple also released macOS Big Sur 11.6.5 and Security Update 2022-003 Catalina, which brings the company’s bug fixes and security improvements. Developers can also take advantage of Xcode 13.3.

Universal control

Universal Control was one of the most anticipated new features, with the ability to use the same trackpad/mouse or keyboard from a Mac to interact with other Apple devices. For example, you can select a file on one device and then drag it to another device as if it were a second monitor.

Arrival of new emojis

monterey macos emojis

We have the arrival of new emojis for macOS, with more than 30 new options to use in different situations.

Python 2 removal

Apple is finally removing Python 2 as support ended in 2020. The company suggests that remaining users migrate to another alternative scripting language like Python 3.

full changelog

macOS 12.3 adds Universal Control so you can use one mouse and one keyboard on Mac and iPad. This release also includes new emojis, dynamic head tracking in the Music app, and other Mac features and bug fixes.

  • Universal Control lets you use one mouse and one keyboard on iPad and Mac
  • You can enter text on Mac or iPad and drag and drop files between them

Spatial audio

  • Dynamic head tracking is available in the Music app with compatible AirPods on Mac computers with the M1 chip
  • Customizable spatial audio settings (Idle, Fixed, and Tracked Head) are now available in Control Center with AirPods supported on Mac computers with the M1 chip

emojis

  • New emojis including faces, gestures and household items are available in emoji keyboard
  • Handshake emoji lets you choose different skin tones for each hand

This release also includes the following enhancements for Mac:

  • Podcasts app adds filters for episodes by season, played, unplayed, saved or downloaded
  • Safari web page translation now supports Italian and Chinese (Traditional)
  • Shortcuts app now lets you add, remove, or search tags with reminders
  • Saved passwords can now include their own notes
  • Battery capacity reading accuracy has been improved

This release also includes bug fixes for Mac:

  • Sound may sound distorted when watching videos in the Apple TV app
  • Some photos and videos may be moved accidentally while organizing albums in the Photos app

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