Apple today released macOS Monterey 12.3.1, a minor update to the ‌macOS Monterey‌ operating system released in October. ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3.1 arrives two weeks after the launch of ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3, an update that brought Universal Control.

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The ‌‌‌‌‌‌macOS Monterey‌‌‌ 12.3‌‌.1 update can be downloaded on all eligible Macs using the Software Update section of System Preferences.

According to Apple’s release notes, ‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3.1 introduces a fix that could cause Bluetooth controllers such as game controllers to disconnect from the Mac after playing audio through certain Beats headphones. It also fixes a bug that could prevent USB-C or Thunderbolt external displays from turning on when connected to the 2018 Mac mini as a secondary display.

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

‌macOS Monterey‌ 12.3.1 also fixes two vulnerabilities, including an AppleAVD issue that could allow an application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges and an Intel graphics driver issue that could allow an application to read kernel memory .

Apple says these exploits may have been actively exploited, so it’s a good idea for all users to update as soon as possible.

Today’s ‌macOS Monterey‌ update also came with iOS 15.4.1, iPadOS 15.4.1, tvOS 15.4.1, watchOS 8.5.1, and new 15.4.1 software for the HomePod.

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