Apple: macOS Monterey’s best feature won’t be available at launch

Heedo Abu Laban
Appleosophy | Apple: macOS Monterey's best feature won't be available at launch
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Last June at WWDC 2021, Apple announced the next big update for macOS – dubbed Monterey – with updates to FaceTime, Messages, Safari, and more.

But one big feature that was a surprise to everyone was Universal Control, which gives users the ability to move a mouse cursor between iPads and Macs, doing typing on one device and seeing text on the other, an addition to drag and drop functionality between the devices as well.

Universal Control was seen as “in beta” on Monterey’s 10th beta, giving hope that the feature will finally be usable at launch. However, the opposite will happen.


On Apple’s website, the feature is seen with a badge labeled “available later this fall”, meaning that Universal Control won’t be at macOS Monterey’s launch later next week.

This is Apple’s description explaining what Universal Control is:

“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.”

macOS Monterey's feature Universal Control will be "available later this fall"
This is unfortunate news as we were hoping to see this big new feature available at launch, but this is what we are seeing now. Universal Control cannot be used in Monterey’s developer and/or public betas, but you can technically turn it on by digging deep into the system codes.
But as a standalone user-friendly feature, Apple will need to improve it more until it is released at a later date “this fall”

Yesterday Apple held its fourth event dubbed “Unleashed” where the company announced the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, AirPods 3, and new HomePod colors, and more music updates.

macOS Monterey is slated to launch next week on Monday, October 25th on these Mac products:

  • 12-inch MacBook (Early 2016 and later)
  • MacBook Air (Early 2015 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and later)
  • iMac (Late 2015 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2014 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 and later)

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Heedo Abu Laban
Author: Heedo Abu Laban

18 years old | News Editor and Writer at Appleosophy | former writer at | a big fan of tech + politics | Twitter: @HeedoAbuLaban

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