Apple Seeds releases fifth beta of macOS Monterey 12.3 to developers and public beta testers

Apple on Tuesday released the fifth beta of macOS Monterey 12.3 to developers for testing. The new beta comes a week after the release of the fourth beta.

The developer version of macOS Monterey 12.3 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and once the correct profile is installed, subsequent beta versions will be available through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences.

Registered public beta testers can download and install the new macOS 12.3 Monterey public beta through the Software Update mechanism in System Preferences after installing the appropriate profile.

Mac users who want to be part of Apple’s beta testing program can sign up to participate on the Apple Beta Software Program websitewhich allows users to access beta versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS

‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3 introduces Universal Control, a feature that Apple first unveiled last June at WWDC and then was delayed for several months. Universal Control lets you use a single mouse/trackpad and keyboard on multiple Macs and iPads running iPadOS 15.4.

Universal Control allows your Mac’s cursor and keyboard to work on the iPad and vice versa. The second macOS 12.3 update adds an icon that you’ll see in the menu bar to indicate that the feature is enabled.

macOS Monterey 12.3 also adds support for updating AirPods firmware when the headphones are connected to a Mac. The update obsoletes core extensions used by Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. It also eliminates Python 2. Developers are advised to use Python 3 or another scripting language in the future.

As usual, MacTrast and Apple both warn users not to install betas on their daily Mac driver, but only install betas on devices reserved for testing.

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Steven L. Nielsen