Apple released macOS Monterey in October 2021. However, development is not yet complete. The company fixes bugs and adds new features as updates to the version released in June 2021 occur.
So, the macOS 12.3 beta is currently released along with the first iOS 15.4 beta. The main novelty is that this version is finally compatible with the Universal Control function to move freely on Mac and iPad screens.
The fact that it is finally available for beta versions is great news, as it could become a reality very soon, perhaps when macOS 12.3 is officially released for the general public.
Apple issued a warning about installing the macOS 12.3 beta, but we can’t imagine that applies to many people.
Apple is warning those running macOS Catalina and planning to update to beta versions of macOS 12.3 and macOS 11.6.4, that the update may cause a boot loop issue if you install it on an APFS volume with FileValut activated.
In the words of Apple: “If your Mac currently has macOS Catalina installed, install macOS Monterey 12.3 beta or macOS Big Sur 11.6.4 beta on a volume with FileVault enabled may cause a bootloop when trying to reconnect to the previous volume.
The above may apply to your computer if you are running macOS on a separate volume and switching between different versions of macOS.
What is the macOS 12.3 release date?
Currently, the macOS 12.3 beta is only available to registered developers. Apple made it available to the company’s beta testers on January 28, and since then any community that wanted to could test it.
If you want to join the program SoftwareYou already know that it is very simple. Follow the steps in the Apple Beta Software Program article: How to be the first to try the Software from Apple.
It is convenient that you make a backup of your device before installing new beta versions. In addition, it is convenient to use a computer or device that is not critical, that is, you use it daily to perform your work.
What’s new with macOS 12.3?
After a fairly conservative update with the arrival of macOS 12.2, which basically consisted of security fixes and some BugsIt looks like macOS 12.3 will bring a long-awaited feature for Apple users.
This is Universal Control, a long-awaited feature for all Apple device users. However, the news does not stop there. Let’s see the rest too.
Apple introduced Universal Control at the last edition of WWDC 2021the Worldwide Developers Conference that the company organizes each year for its partners.
Senior Vice President of Engineering for Software Apple’s Craig Federighi showed how you can use Universal Control to put the finishing touches on a Procreate illustration on your iPad, then continue working on the same item from your MacBook.
Without having to resort to system adjustments, the manager touched the touchpad of his MacBook and moved the cursor on the screen of his iPad, which the teams immediately recognized.
Apple has always said that this feature would initially arrive in the fall, but then it was officially delayed until now. Now it looks like the feature will be coming with this release of macOS 12.3.
There are new emoji in macOS 12.3. These include melting face, waving face, lip biting face, pot, beans, x-rays and bubbles. The blog Emojipedia has a first look at these new emoji.
Login without password
In the beta you will find traces of the Passkey Preview technology. Basically, users will need a security key to log in with their username and password to supported pages running on hardware.
The technology simplifies iCloud Keychain for the user. This means that instead of checking with Face ID or Touch ID to add the correct password to a website or service, the user logs in directly with their own password.
UWB (ultra wideband) support
from the post 9to5macdiscovered several system items in the macOS 12.3 beta that indicate UWB support is coming to Macs.
However, before it’s possible for Macs to support UWB, Apple will need to install U1 chips in its computers, similar to those found in iPhones and AirTags since the iPhone 11 generation.
As mentioned, the U1 chip was introduced with the iPhone 11 in 2019 and allows users to more accurately detect and locate compatible Apple devices via high-frequency radio waves, comparable to WLAN, including AirTags , Apple Watch or HomePod Mini. .
It works through the Find My app. The technology’s presence in the macOS beta is a sign that Apple is preparing, or at least testing, ultra-wideband support for future Mac models.
Dropbox and OneDrive compatibility
Apple removes kernel extensions that were responsible for syncing Dropbox and OneDrive. It looks like Dropbox and Microsoft are testing a new alternative to this.
New screen recording options
Apple has provided a new interface for video conferencing programs. ScreenCaptureKit gives the user more control over the content viewers see during a video stream.
The new software distinguishes shareable content by screen, program, and individual window from those programs.
AirPods updates with Mac
Until now, if you wanted to keep your AirPods up to date, Apple headphones had to connect to an iPhone or iPad from time to time, as the developer provided firmware updates through iOS and iPadOS.
Now it looks like it will be possible to update the firmware AirPods via one of the Mac computers, always assuming the installed operating system is macOS 12.3.