A Complete Review on the Latest macOS Monterey 12.3 Update

Apr 8, 2022
4 min read

Mac users worldwide can now enjoy a variety of useful latest features in Apple's new macOS Monterey 12.3 update. The Monterey 12.3 release of macOS, being a significant upgrade, offers brand new features, enhancements, bug fixes, and security patches. Apple can now use its Universal Control feature after two months of beta testing. It is customary for Apple's macOS to introduce several changes with each new release, and macOS Monterey 12.3 is no exception. This article gives you an honest review of the latest macOS Monterey 12.3 update in terms of performance, problems, and feedback.

MacOS Monterey 12.3 Installation

The latest macOS Monterey 12.3 update takes up to 4.38 GB when downloaded. You can use the 'Software Update' section of System Preferences to download this version on all Mac systems. If your Mac has an existing version of macOS Monterey 12.2.1, the latest installation will take place within 15 minutes. Usually, it takes around 10-13 minutes on a MacBook Pro (2017).

Performance Review

Universal Control

The macOS Monterey 12.3 update includes Universal Control, new security updates, and other fixes. The most notable update is Universal Control. It simplifies a user's workspace by allowing them to use a keyboard, mouse, and trackpad across multiple Macs and the iPad for moving content between devices. Universal Control also allows you to use Apple's iPad and its apps on their Mac computers. In simpler terms, content and files can also be automatically transmitted between devices, similar to a Universal Clipboard. After updating your Mac to macOS 12.3 and iPad to iPadOS 15.4, Universal Control takes effect automatically, allowing you to use your Mac's cursor and keyboard on your iPad. When the cursor is moved from Mac to an iPad (or another Mac), the display will switch from one to another. Additionally, you can drag and drop files between Macs quickly.

Moreover, there is an AirPlay to Mac option, which lets you stream movies, games, photos, and more from the iPhone or iPad to the Mac and use the Mac as a multiroom speaker.

Spatial Audio

Apple has greatly improved macOS 12.3 with the introduction of spatial audio. FaceTime, among other apps, supports spatial audio. Spatial audio makes voices sound like they're coming directly from the person on the screen, while the voice isolation feature eliminates background noise. There is also a wide spectrum sound mode for participation in a call with multiple participants. Dynamic head tracking is now available in the Music app for Macs with the M1 chip, and you can configure new settings in Control Center. Another unique feature named Portrait mode blurs out the background behind you, much like the iPhone photos feature.

Emojis

With macOS 12.3 update, you can now find several new emojis such as melting faces, biting lips, heart-shaped hands, bubbles, beans, faces with diagonal mouths, palms up, eggs, trolls, low battery levels, etc.

Improved Connectivity

Apple has improved more on providing stable connectivity with this latest release in terms of battery. You will experience faster and more reliable Wi-Fi connectivity, uninterrupted Bluetooth function and uninterrupted performance of third-party applications on the system.

New Siri Voice

Apple's new Siri voice has captured a lot of attention. You can select the American Siri Voice 5 option from the settings option. It has been in the spotlight, mainly due to the fact that it doesn't explicitly share the voice of a male or female and is created by a member of the LBGTQ+ community.

Podcasts

The Podcasts app has new episode filters for seasons, unplayed, saved, and downloaded episodes.

Safari Webpage Translation

It is now possible for Safari to automatically translate Italian and traditional Chinese (among other languages) when the address bar is clicked. Additionally, the new tab bar design in Safari blends into the background better. It allows you to group open tabs to ensure that you can switch between tasks without losing your open tabs. You can also sync Tab Groups across all your devices and share them.

iOS Shortcuts App

The Mac version of this iOS shortcuts app is introduced with macOS Monterey for you to be able to use all of your iPhone shortcuts (and more) on your Mac. Throughout macOS, Apple has designed a gallery of pre-built shortcut options. Shortcuts can be accessed from the menu bar, Finder, Siri, Spotlight, etc. These new shortcuts support adding, removing, or querying tags with reminders.

Improved Passwords

The passwords section of System Preferences lets you manage passwords. You can generate two-factor authentication codes using the newly built-in authentication feature right on your Mac without using an external app. Also, in System Preferences or Safari, you can import and export passwords from other password managers.

Data Security

With additional security fixes and privacy upgrades, macOS Monterey 12.3 will help keep you and your data safe. For enhanced security, the Mail Privacy Protection prevents senders from tracking your mail activities, and the Control Center now shows the apps that are accessing your microphone.

Bug Fixes in macOS Monterey 12.3

Apple has also fixed several bugs in version 12.3. These include opening articles in the new widget's Today view, distorted sound while playing videos in the Apple TV app, and fixing issues while organizing albums in Photos.

Downgrading from macOS 12.3

In the event that you encounter problems with macOS Monterey 12.3, you can downgrade your Mac's software back to an older version. This option is available without any validity.

Summary

With these discussed features, additional enhancements have contributed to making this release a big success. Apple has not announced a release date yet for the next version of macOS Monterey 12.3, and there have been no known updates for macOS since Monterey 12.3. Accordingly, we expect Apple to release a new version of macOS Monterey shortly.