Apple fixes external display and game controller bugs in macOS 12.3.1

Apple dropped macOS Monterey 12.3.1 shortly after iOS 15.4.1 was released. This update fixes external display and game controller bugs introduced by macOS 12.3. It’s common for Apple to release minor updates after major ones – to fix new bugs and exploits. Besides the mentioned issues, macOS 12.3.1 also fixes two security vulnerabilities. For this reason, we advise all users to update their Mac to this version as soon as possible.

macOS Monterey 12.3.1 Changelog

This update fixes the following issues:

– USB-C or Thunderbolt external display does not turn on when connected to Mac mini (2018) as a second display

– Bluetooth devices, such as game controllers, may disconnect from your Mac after playing audio through certain Beats headphones

To update your Mac to macOS Monterey 12.3.1:

  • Launch it System Preferences application.
  • Click on Software update.
  • Wait for the page to refresh.
  • Click on the To download button once it appears.
  • Hit Install once the download is complete.

It’s important to keep your Mac connected to a power source during this update. If your Mac’s battery dies during the installation process, you may end up with a bricked device and lose your local data. To learn more about the security fixes in this update, Apple has released a support document that mentions the details.

macOS Monterey 12.3 introduced exciting new additions including the expected Universal Control, Unicode 14 emoji and more. This will likely be macOS Monterey’s last major update, as the company potentially begins shifting its focus to the upcoming macOS 13 beta. WWDC22. We expect the company to issue formal invitations to members of the press as soon as possible.

Have external display and game controller bugs on macOS 12.3 affected your Mac? Let us know in the comments section below.

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