Apple releases iOS 15.3, watchOS 8.4 and macOS Monterey 12.2. Here’s what’s new and how to update

Apple is releasing a flurry of updates which again concern iPhones, iPads but also Apple Watches and Macs In this specific case we are talking about the most awaited novelty, namely macOS 12.2 Monterey ready to correct some errors on the company’s devices, bringing all the new stuff that was announced in June during WWDC 2021 and then introduced in October.What are the updates?Apple is releasing an incremental update foriPhone with iOS 15.3, for iPad with iPadOS 15.3 but also forApple Watch running watchOS 8.4. And then there is also, as mentioned, macOS 12.2 with Montereywhich allows you to update all supported Macs to the new operating system.

iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3: what’s new and how to update

Apple therefore releases the update to iOS 15.3a major update to iOS 15, the new operating system released in the first version on September 20, 2021. iOS 15.3 “includes bug fixes and security updates” and recommended to all users. In this case, a vulnerability affecting Safari and IndexedDB JavaScript APIs has been fixed.

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iOS and iPadOS 15.3: how to update

In this case to update the iPhone (or even the iPad) as usual, as with all Apple operating systems, you will receive a notification directlyby OTAon the smartphone. We recommend that you, if you have not done so, make a full backup of your data directlywith iTunesorwith iCloud. This will allow you to recover all your information and data in the event of a problem and therefore facilitate restoration in the event of a problem.

To install the new iOS 15.3 there will be two paths to take: via OTA or via iPhone or via iTunes by connecting the devices. In the first case, the simplest and most immediate, you just have to go to your iPhone to update:

Settings —> General —> Software Update

At this point, the system will check if the update is available, which it clearly is, and the update can be activated by the user. Your smartphone will download the entire update and automatically restart your device updating it to the latest version of iOS.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to update from iTunes, simply connect the iPhone via a cable and once recognized, simply go to Summary and then Check for Updates. At this point, iTunes will ask you if you want to update to iOS 15.3 and by giving your consent, it will be possible to update the devices which will restart once everything is done.

watchOS 8.4: what’s new and how to update

Apple Watches are also updated with watchOS 8.1. Here too, there are some important innovations concerning “troubleshooting and important security updates”, including fixing an issue that caused some loaders to not work as expected. watchOS 8.4 is available as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, and Apple Watch Series 5 paired with an iPhone 6S or later running iOS 15 or later.

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watchOS 8.4: how to update

To install the new watchOS 8.4 you can use the usual system via OTA or via iPhone which can act as Apple Watch. In this case, simply go to the Watch app on your iPhone and search for:

General —> Software Update

The same thing can be done on the Apple Watch where you will have to go to the section:

General —> Software Update

We remind you that the update must take place with the Apple Watch still charging in its magnetic charger and clearly the watch must also be connected to the same Wi-Fi as the iPhone.

macOS 12.2 Monterey: what’s new and how to update

Apple has also released the new version of macOS 12.2 Monterey.This update comes a month after the release of amacOS Monterey‌ 12.1 update in which Apple integrated support for SharePlay technology. The update of macOS Monterey 12.2 mainly integrates the solution to security vulnerabilities, including fixing a bug that affected Safari and IndexedDB JavaScript APIs.

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Which Macs are compatible with macOS 12.2 Monterey?

macOS Monterey compatible withiMac Late 2015 and later, iMac Pro 2017, MacBook Air Early 2015 and later, MacBook Pro Early 2015 and later, Mac Pro Late 2013 and later, Mac mini Late 2014 and later, MacBook Early 2016 and later.

macOS 12.2 Monterey: how to update

The version ofmacOS 12.2 Montereyit can be downloaded directly from the “Software Update” section of System Preferences.