Mac users can now install macOS Monterey 12.2. Apple is vague about what’s in the new version. However, prerelease beta testers indicate it brings a rewritten Apple Music app and smoother scrolling for MacBooks with ProMotion displays. It definitely fixes a serious Safari bug.
Apple also released iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 to the public Wednesday. And watchOS 8.4, too.
macOS Monterey 12.2 release notes are not very helpful
The macOS 12.2 page of Apple’s developer website contains the very unhelpful message that “there are no new release notes for this software update.”
But when beta testing began in December, a tester said the new version offers “smoother scrolling in Safari on the latest MacBook Pro with ProMotion.” They also said the Mac-maker is rebuilding Apple Music into “a native Apple Music and TV experience backed by AppKit views instead of web views.”
One of the security holes removed by macOS 12.2 is a WebKit bug that allowed websites to view Mac users’ browsing habits and Google account details. The bug affects Apple’s Safari browser on all devices, but various OS updates released today by Apple deal with the problem.
How to install macOS Monterey 12.2
Anyone with a compatible Mac can download macOS Monterey 12.2 now. Go to Apple menu > About This Mac. Then click Software Update. Alternatively, you can install the new version from the App Store. (Note: At the time of this writing, Apple had not yet updated the version of macOS Monterey in the App Store. But it should happen soon.)
The version release Wednesday does not include Universal Control, which was supposed to be a signature feature of macOS Monterey. Apple has been forced to push back the release until spring 2022. It’s possible the feature will be in macOS Monterey 12.3, which is surely in development already.
When it finally launches, Universal Control will enable a single keyboard to control both a Mac and an iPad, allowing users to easily jump between them.