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 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)