Apple Delays ‘Universal Control’ macOS Monterey Feature to Spring 2022

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Apple has delayed its Universal Control feature for macOS Monterey, now noting it will debut in spring 2022. The change came after Apple released macOS Monterey 12.1 yesterday for the masses.

The change was spotted by @AppleSWUpdates, with Apple’s macOS Monterey page updated with “available this spring”, as seen below:

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Universal Control is “one way to work across your devices,” explains Apple.

“A single keyboard and mouse or trackpad now work seamlessly between your Mac and iPad — they’ll even connect to more than one Mac or iPad. Move your cursor from your Mac to your iPad, type on your Mac and watch the words show up on your iPad, or even drag and drop content from one Mac to another,” explains Apple’s website.

Apple first unveiled the feature at WWDC this summer. Universal Control was set to debut “later this fall,” but that never happened. Check out the slick demo below by Apple VP Craig Federighi at the time:

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The requirements for Universal Control as are follows:

  • Available on MacBook Pro (2016 and later), MacBook (2016 and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac (2017 and later), iMac (5K Retina 27-inch, Late 2015), iMac Pro, Mac mini (2018 and later) and Mac Pro (2019); and iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation and later), iPad (6th generation and later) and iPad mini (5th generation and later).
  • Both devices must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication. To use wirelessly, both devices must have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff turned on and must be within 10 metres (30 feet) of each other.
  • iPad and Mac must not be sharing a cellular and internet connection.
  • To use over USB, you must trust your Mac on the iPad.

Let’s hope Universal Control actually makes its debut next spring. Maybe Apple plans to release it alongside new rumoured 27-inch iMac Pros?

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