Apple finally adds Universal Control for iPad and Mac (in beta)
It’s been a long time coming, but Apple is finally releasing its delayed Universal Control feature. It’s in the beta of Apple’s operating systems, but that means we’re just one step away from the release versions of iPadOS and macOS.
Universal Control lets you use your Mac’s keyboard and mouse with an iPad by placing the two devices side by side. Apple often talks about how its devices feel like magic at its press events, and this is one of those instances where it seems somewhat magical.
The feature was originally slated to launch in Fall 2021. Perhaps due to the complexity of getting the two devices to work together, however, it was delayed until Spring 2022.
Now, according to MacRumors, when you install iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 betas, the Universal Control feature is automatically enabled. That means you don’t even have to do anything special to get it going, as long as your devices are enrolled in Apple’s beta program.
Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 will be available to the general public, but we expect it in the spring, when Apple said it was pushing back Universal Control.
If you can’t wait to get the features on your devices, you can enroll your computer and tablet for Apple’s beta software program. However, keep in mind that you are dealing with prerelease software, which can cause problems.
You need to sign in with your Apple ID and then choose the device you want to switch to beta versions. Each device has its own process, which Apple on its website.