Apple seeds macOS Monterey 12.3 release candidate to developers

Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3 release candidate to developers. The first beta was released just a day after macOS Monterey 12.2 was released to all users with a fix for Safari data leak bug, as well as scrolling improvements in the browser on MacBook Pro models with 120Hz ProMotion displays.

macOS Monterey 12.1 was previously released with SharePlay, Apple Music Voice Plan, Digital Legacy for Apple ID, and other features. 

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macOS Monterey 12.3 release candidate

March 8: Apple has released macOS 12.3 release candidate. The general release is next week for all users.

Here are the release notes for macOS 12.3 RC:

macOS 12.3 adds Universal Control so you can use a single mouse and keyboard across 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 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

This release also includes the following enhancements for your Mac: 

  • 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

This release also includes bug fixes for your Mac:

  • 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

macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 5

March 1: Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 5 to developers.

macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 4

February 22: Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 4 to developers.

macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 3

February 16: Apple has released public beta 3 to testers.

February 15: Apple has released macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 3 to developers.

macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 2

February 9: The second public beta has been released.

February 8: Apple has released the second macOS 12.3 developer beta.

As per Apple’s release notes, macOS 12.3 beta 2 fixes the following known issues:

macOS Monterey 12.3 beta 1

January 28: Apple has released the first public beta for macOS 12.3 to users.

January 27: Apple has released the first developer beta for macOS Monterey 12.3. This update finally brings support for Universal Control, a feature that was announced in WWDC 2021.

Here is our coverage of the new features discovered in this beta so far:

As per the release, notes, it also has the following new developer-focused features.

Apple Pay

  • Developers can express payment network preference in PKPaymentRequest. Network preference is determined by the order of supportedNetworks. This won’t override the user’s default card selection, but if the card is multi-SSD, then the network preference order determines which SSD is selected. (80827905)

Authentication

  • Support is added to the passkey technology preview, enabling signing in to passkey-compatible websites and apps on Mac and iPad using an iPhone with a saved passkey. (87998252)

Game Controller

  • Support is now available for new DualSense adaptive trigger firmware features available via GCDualSenseAdaptiveTrigger. (87433163)

Also check out our coverage of the new features in macOS Monterey:

Is your Mac compatible with macOS Monterey 12.3?

macOS Monterey 12.3 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 12.3 beta

To install the developer beta, users must be registered with Apple Developer Center. This will provide access to a utility that can enroll a Mac into the beta program and make it eligible to receive developer beta updates. The updates are always available over the air through System Preferences > Software Update, however, users can also download the full restore image from Apple Developer Center, for Macs with M1 chips.

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