One of the most highly expected features coming to macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15 is Universal Control. Universal Control enables users to use a single Mac’s input gadgets across different iPads or Macs.
While the feature was previewed at WWDC in June, it’s yet to make an official appearance in any developer beta of macOS Monterey or iPadOS 15, prompting speculation that the feature might be deferred to a future update to the operating systems. In any case, in the most recent macOS Monterey beta released on August 11, Universal Control can be enabled and used between two Macs.
To enable it, clients should follow the steps outlined in this GitHub post, which requires running a series of Terminal lines, altering system settings, and running commands to enable “Ensemble,” Apple’s internal codename for Universal Control.
Universal Control isn’t yet officially enabled in the most recent macOS beta, and the means expected to enable it are complex. We don’t encourage clients to endeavor to empower this is on the grounds that it might harm significant system files and their machines.
From MacRumors’ testing of Universal Control, while it’s not officially supported, the feature functions as demoed at WWDC, with insignificant lag and latency when exchanging between gadgets. In spite of the fact that, there are still some technical issues. For example, Universal Control in its final form will permit a client’s Mac to flawlessly recognize one more Mac or iPad put close to it, permitting clients to move their mouse and keyboard between gadgets automatically.
In the most recent beta, clients should initially select their accompanying Mac within System Preferences – > Displays – > Add Display, and select their gadget under “Link Mouse and Keyboard.” Additionally, Universal Control will permit clients to drag and drop files, photos, videos, and more between devices, which isn’t yet present in the most recent beta. From our testing, regardless of Universal Control working between two Macs, iPadOS doesn’t yet support the feature, even in the freshest beta.
macOS Monterey beta five was released on August 11, while iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 are now on their seventh round of developer betas. Apple has shown that few iOS 15, macOS Monterey, and iPadOS 15 features, like SharePlay, will not be accessible at launch. Apple has recently saw features at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, just to defer them until a resulting update later on in the year.
On macOS Monterey and iPadOS 15’s preview page, Apple has not yet shown that Universal Control will be deferred, proposing it plans to release it with the initial versions of its operating system this fall.
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