After months of delay, the highly anticipated “Universal Control” feature is now finally available in macOS 12.3 beta and iPadOS 15.4 beta updates. Announced at the WWDC 2021 event, the continuity feature was scheduled to launch in the Fall of the previous year. But development issues delayed the feature until now.
Universal Control feature is designed for users to conveniently work across Apple devices, Mac and iPad, to control their devices with a single keyboard and mouse, when next to each other.
Universal Control lets users work with a single mouse and keyboard and move between Mac and iPad for a seamless experience, with no setup required. Users can even drag and drop content back and forth between devices — great for sketching a drawing with Apple Pencil on iPad and placing it into a Keynote slide on the Mac.
How to enable Universal Control feature on macOS 12.3 beta and iPadOS 15.4 beta
Users running their compatible Mac and iPad models on macOS 12.3 beta and iPadOS 15.4 beta, respectively can enable the new continuity feature easily. Having said that, the feature is turned on by default after upgrading to the latest beta version.
- To manually enable the feature on Mac; click on System Preferences > Display > Advanced.
- To manually enable the feature on an iPad; Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff > Cursor and Keyboard (Beta).
Enthusiastic users have already put the feature to test and are happy with the results as they are able to drag and drop files across devices, control iPad and Mac with a single keyboard and trackpad.
Here it is. Universal Control in real life. pic.twitter.com/1LPlwa07qY
— Chance Miller (@ChanceHMiller) January 27, 2022
Mac models compatible with macOS 12.3 beta
Universal Control feature is compatible with the following Mac models:
- MacBook Air (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook Pro (early 2015 and later)
- MacBook (early 2016 and later)
- iMac (later 2015 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
- Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
iPad models compatible with iPadOS 15.4 beta
Universal Control feature is compatible with the following iPad models
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air 2 and later
- iPad 5th generation and later
- iPad mini 4 and later
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