Is There a Way to (Possibly) Fix the Memory Leak Bug in macOS Monterey?

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Photo: Extarz (Shutterstock) – How much do you enjoy playing around with your new, high-tech mouse pointers? The good news is that we have some awful news to tell you. Since the release of macOS 12 Monterey, has your Mac been sluggish? You’re not the only one going through this. There have been several reports of random slowdowns and excessive RAM utilization across a wide range of programs, including ones that don’t normally require much RAM, like Tweetbot. It’s possible that your non-standard mouse pointer is to blame for this problem.

According to reports, both Apple’s silicon Macs and Intel-based machines are affected by the memory leak flaw. Innocuous programs like WindowServer have been reported to be taking up to 24 GB of RAM, indicating the seriousness of the problem. Other processes and programs, including as Control Center, Mail, and Firefox, have also been affected by the memory leak. The notice “Your system has run out of application RAM” is frequently displayed after this.

Screenshot: Pranay Parab

The mouse pointer’s fill color, outline color, and size may all be changed with Monterey. In spite of its merits, this problem appears to be tied to that feature. Mozilla has reported that changing the mouse pointer settings to their defaults has worked for some individuals.

This is how you can get your mouse pointer back to the default in Mac OS Monterey.

  1. In the upper-left corner of your Mac, click the Apple logo to access the menu.
  2. Go to the Preferences menu of your computer.
  3. Accessibility can be found there.
  4. In the right pane, click the Pointer tab.
  5. The pointer size can be reduced by using the slider.
  6. Reset the Pointer Color box by clicking the Reset button next to it.

You can restart your Mac and check whether the problem remains by using it normally for a bit. Some users of macOS Monterey have seen a reduction in memory difficulties as a result of this patch, but not everyone. There’s a fair chance that the memory leaks are caused by more than just the mouse pointer correction. Even if you’ve just purchased a new MacBook Pro with the full 32 GB of RAM, the problem is likely to affect your computer.

You can only hope that a forthcoming macOS update addresses the problem if this approach doesn’t work.