Apple’s latest iPadOS and macOS betas add Universal Control

(Pocket Ribbon) – Apple has finally started rolling out Universal Control, but you’ll need to install the latest developer betas for iPadOS and macOS Monterey to try it.

The highly anticipated feature, which Apple announced at WWDC 2021, is not yet available to consumers through official software updates, but is enabled by default in the iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 Developer Betas. When you install them, you will see three options for Universal Control labeled with beta tags.

Keep in mind that Universal Control is an extension of Apple’s Continuity System. It allows you to use a single mouse and keyboard to seamlessly switch between a Mac and an iPad without having to set them up. You can drag and drop content between devices, moving your mouse over all of their screens as if they were tethered.

You can read all about Universal Control and how it works in Pocket-lint’s guide.

Apple originally planned to release Universal Control last fall, but it missed that release window. It’s now expected this spring, and the fact that it’s available in betas is a good indication that it might be released soon – possibly with the official release of iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 to the public.

Apple also released a beta version of iOS 15.4 on Thursday, which includes the ability to use Face ID while wearing a mask, as well as new emoji.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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