macOS Monterey 12.2.1 released with fix for Bluetooth battery drain and security patch

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.2.1 to all users. The update fixes a battery drain bug on Intel Macs, related to Bluetooth, as well as a security patch for WebKit.

Apple had previously released macOS Monterey 12.2 with a fix for Safari data leak bug, and scrolling improvements in the browser on MacBook Pro models with 120Hz ProMotion displays. The last major update was macOS Monterey 12.1, which was released with SharePlay, Apple Music Voice Plan, Digital Legacy for Apple ID, and other features.

macOS Monterey 12.2.1

What’s new in macOS Monterey 12.2.1?

The update fixes a bug that caused battery drain on Macs while they were in sleep mode. The issue seems to be limited to just Intel-based Macs, as per Apple’s release notes. It was recently reported that macOS 12.3 beta 2 also included a fix for the battery drain issue.

macOS 12.2.1 provides important security updates and fixes an issue for Intel-based Mac computers that may cause the battery to drain during sleep when connected to Bluetooth peripherals.

The update also fixes a security flaw in WebKit that could allow arbitrary code execution. Apple’s release notes say that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Available for: macOS Monterey

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.

CVE-2022-22620: an anonymous researcher

Check out our previous coverage of new features in macOS Monterey:

Is your Mac compatible with macOS Monterey 12.2.1?

macOS Monterey 12.2.1 is compatible with the following Intel and M1 Macs:

  • MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
  • MacBook (early 2016 and later)
  • iMac (later 2015 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)

Install macOS Monterey 12.2.1 on your Mac?

Go to System Preferences > Software Update on your Mac to download the new software update. If you are using a portable Mac, make sure that it is connected to a power source before starting the update. 

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