MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 Update Released with Bug Fixes
Apple has released a small software update for MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 that Apple says provides important bug fixes and security updates.
At the top of the “important bug fixes” in MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 is a resolution to an issue where skin tone variations did not display in the new pushing hands Emoji. Secondarily, and perhaps more niche, an issue where auto-unlocking a Mac with Apple Watch was not working has been fixed. The security updates included in MacOS 13.3.1 apparently patch known and actively used exploits as well. There is no mention of resolving newly identified issues with Universal Control and Sidecar, however, from user reports and personal experience the issues with both appear to be fixed with the MacOS 13.3.1 update.
Separately, Apple has released Safari 16.4.1 with security fixes for Mac users running Big Sur and Monterey, and iOS 16.4.1 for iPhone and iPadOS 16.4.1 for iPad, which also include the push hands Emoji color bug fix, and a resolution to a problem where Siri sometimes does not respond to requests.
How to Download MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 Update
Always back up your Mac with Time Machine before installing any system software update, even if the update is focused primarily on an Emoji issue:
- Pull down the Apple menu, and then choose “System Settings”
- Go to “General”, and select “Software Update”
- Choose to “Update Now” for macOS Ventura 13.3.1 update
Your Mac must restart to complete installation of this software update.
Mac users running Big Sur and Monterey will instead find an update for Safari 16.4.1 to patch specific security issues with that web browser.
Unfortunately, MacOS Big Sur and MacOS Monterey users will not have the latest new Emoji icons, for that they would need to update to MacOS Ventura.
Download Full macOS Ventura 13.3.1 Installer
The full InstallAssistant.pkg for MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 is available to download directly from Apple:
The complete package installer can be helpful when creating a bootable MacOS Ventura installer drive, or for sharing across multiple machines without having to re-download the update on each computer.
MacOS Ventura 13.3.1 Release Notes
Release notes for macOS Ventura 13.3.1 are as follows:
macOS Ventura 13.3.1 provides important bug fixes and security updates for your Mac including:
• Pushing hands emoji does not show skin tone variations
• Auto Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch may not work
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
After installing MacOS 13.3.1 you can then access the diverse skin tone selections for this Emoji the same was you would other skin tone variations for emojis.
While many other MacOS Ventura issues remain unresolved, all Ventura users can appreciate knowing a freshly identified issue with Emoji has been fixed with the utmost expediency, for not only the Mac, but also in a separate bug fix update for iPhone and iPad. Emoji are very popular for use in electronic communication, often used to convey emotions, feelings, intentions, and subtleties, that are otherwise missed in pure text dialog. Because of Emoji’s ubiquitous usage, it’s not terribly surprising that bugs pertaining to Emoji receive a high priority.
Though it is not mentioned in release notes for 13.3.1, commonly reported problems with Universal Control, Universal Clipboard, and Sidecar, appear to be fixed in this release.
If you have an iPhone or iPad, don’t miss the iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 update that is available for those device as well.