macOS 12.3 available with Universal Control, new emojis and more

After months of beta testing, Apple is releasing the new macOS 12.3 Monterey with the Universal Control feature long awaited by users around the world. The update is already available for download via OTA.

macOS 12.3, Universal Control

What’s new in macOS 12.3

macOS 12.3 brings the “Universal Control” feature allowing you to use the same mouse and keyboard for your Mac and your iPad. This release also includes new Emoji, dynamic head tracking in the Music app, and other features and fixes for your Mac.

Universal Command (Beta)

  • The “Universal Command” feature lets you use one mouse and one keyboard for your iPad and Mac.
  • So you can enter text on your Mac or iPad and drag files between them.

Spatial audio

  • Dynamic head tracking is available in the Music app with supported AirPods on Macs with an M1 chip.
  • Customizable “Head Tracking Active”, “Fixed”, and “Off” spatial audio settings are now available in Control Center with supported AirPods on Macs with an M1 chip.


  • New Emoji including faces, hand gestures and household objects are available in Emoji Keyboard.
  • The “Handshake” Emoji allows you to choose different skin colors for both hands.

This version also brings the following improvements for your Mac:

  • The Podcasts app lets you filter episodes by season and status: played, unplayed, recorded, or downloaded.
  • Visual search identifies works of art, world landmarks, plants and flowers, books, and dog and cat breeds in your photos so you can get more information about them .
  • Translation of web pages in Safari is now supported in Italian and Chinese (Traditional).
  • The Shortcuts app now supports adding, removing, and searching for tags in the Reminders app.
  • Notes can now be added to your passwords.
  • Improved accuracy of battery capacity readings.

This release also brings fixes for your Mac:

  • Audio could be distorted when playing videos in the Apple TV app.
  • Some photos and videos could move unexpectedly when organizing albums in the Photos app.

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