[REVIEW] : MacOS 12.3: Universal Control arrives on Mac and iPad

Apple has just released new updates for its Macs, iPads and iPhones. An update on the new features brought by MacOS 12.3.

The apple brand held its first keynote of 2022 last week. New computers have made their debut, including the Mac Studio powered by an inordinately powerful M1 Ultra chip, as well as an iPad Air, an iPhone SE and green iPhone 13 and 13 Pro.

A few days later, the group updates all of its operating systems, and on this occasion offers new functionalities.

MacOS Monterey is now available in version 12.3 and iPadOS is evolving to 15.4, just like iOS. If the update is not automatically offered, it is possible to proceed manually via the System Preferences.

While iOS 15.4 allows users to unlock their smartphone with FaceID, including when they are wearing a mask, or to save their vaccination pass in their Wallet, MacOS 12.3 also brings its share of new features. The user experience is at the center of the developments.

Universal Command

This is the most significant and important advance of this update. It allows you to use a single mouse (trackpad included), but also a single keyboard to control all of your Apple devices, provided that they have the latest update, and therefore that they are eligible. In this way, it is no longer necessary to have an additional keyboard for your iPad or for a secondary Mac. This functionality thus saves space and improves the already unified nature of Apple’s operating systems.

New features shared with iOS 15.4

Most of the other additions have also been incorporated into the new version of iOS. Thus, new emojis are supported, among which users can discover the empty battery, the melting face, the bitten lip, the hands forming a heart, etc.

At the same time, the password manager is enhanced with customizable notes to better remember your access codes.

Finally, Macs powered by an M1 chip are now compatible with AirPods Spatial Audio thanks to MacOS 12.3. The user can then choose to activate it either fixed or with intelligent head tracking for even more precise sound immersion.

macOS 12.3 is available, here are its main new features

Apple has just rolled out the third major update to macOS Monterey. macOS 12.3 introduces many new features, including the long-awaited Universal Command, which allows you to use the keyboard and mouse simultaneously on a Mac and an iPad.

After several weeks of beta testing, macOS 12.3 is officially available for download. With this third update of macOS Monterey, Apple introduces many new features.

Among the most anticipated is the Universal Command function, which allows you to use an iPad and a Mac simultaneously with the same keyboard and mouse. macOS 12.3 also introduces a whole bunch of small welcome functions such as notes in the iCloud keychain, the possibility (finally!) to update your AirPods from a Mac.

Universal Control is finally here – it will transform the way you use your iPad and Mac

During the WWDC 2021 conference, Apple presented for the first time macOS 12 Monterey, as well as an unprecedented feature developed to save you a lot of time on the regular use of your Macs and iPads. This feature, called Universal Command, was released until 2022. Now you can finally benefit from it.

Car Universal Command is available to users of the recently released macOS 12.3. In essence, this option allows you to pair your iPad with your Mac, letting you seamlessly use your computer mouse and keyboard on the tablet. It also gives you the possibility to transfer files between the two devices, without any cable. Which will save you time and space.

The most daring fans of the Apple ecosystem have been able to technically test Universal Control since the release of the macOS 12.3 beta in January 2022. Now macOS 12.3 is public, so you no longer have to risk losing your data. to evaluate this user-friendly feature.

Being finalized

We haven’t had a chance to run Universal Command as it exists for public users yet – so we’re not sure how it will perform in the end (we were, however, impressed with how it works in version beta). Since Apple rarely releases new features that haven’t been thoroughly tested, it’s likely to run smoothly. Despite this, you should exercise some caution. The feature is still in the development phase, even though it’s part of the public release of macOS 12.3 – so you should be prepared for a few minor bugs here and there.

macOS 12.3: the beginning of the problems?

Many emails have been received by our colleague from AppleInsider describing a malfunction appearing since the macOS 12.3 update and affecting external graphics devices.

The problem translates as follows: in cases where an eGPU is connected to a Mac, macOS 12.3 would sometimes prevent the external graphics card from operating at full power.

A known problem?

If this concern seems to concern a niche of users, it must nevertheless be emphasized that it is not new. Apple therefore seems to be particularly slow to correct the situation.

Indeed, this bug restricting external GPUs has already been reported during the beta test phase of macOS 12.3…

Also to know: rare Mac Pro users have reported a similar crashing issue, but with the internal graphics card of their Mac Pro.

Finally, it should be remembered that only machines with Intel processor could be affected. Indeed, Macs with an Apple silicon chip do not (yet?) support external graphics processors.

As AppleInsider points out, however, the concern only seems to be what software. We will have to be patient and wait for a corrective update of macOS 12.3. It remains to be hoped that Apple will not take too long to provide it to its users who already regret having been among the first to update their machine under macOS 12.3.

We also encourage you, if your Mac is your main work tool, never to install a macOS update too quickly. Always wait a while, a few days, weeks or even months before updating the system. This strategy can prevent you from taking damage resulting from bugs still present in the first versions of a new update, but fixed later.

macOS 12.3 installation goes wrong on some MacBook Pros

macOS 12.3 and some Macs don’t mix. Reports on Apple’s forum and elsewhere indicate that the process of updating to the latest version of Monterey causes endless reboot loops or downright turns the computer into a very expensive brick. The bug is obviously confined to the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros whose motherboards have been replaced.

So certainly, this should not represent many users, but all the same it is annoying. The result is either a completely unusable Mac, or a Mac that ends up displaying an “iBoot panic” alert, but not updating.