Apple Universal Control: How does it work?

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The Universal Control feature was first announced at WWDC last year and lets one use a single keyboard, mouse, and trackpad across multiple Macs and iPad. One could easily transfer their files between tablets and computers via drag and drop while eliminating the need for AirDrop, cloud uploads, or data cable transfers.

Working

  • The feature is enabled by default on both versions and simply requires the user to log in to the same iCloud account.
  • The way it functions is similar to a dual-monitor configuration, whereupon pushing the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen, it moves over to the next display – or in this case, the next device.
  • The feature is enabled by default on both versions and simply requires the user to log in to the same iCloud account.
  • The way it functions is similar to a dual-monitor configuration, whereupon pushing the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen, it moves over to the next display – or in this case, the next device.

Currently, the feature is only available as part of the beta update and is supported on the following Macs: MacBook Pro and MacBook (2016-release and later), MacBook Air (2018 and later), iMac introduced in 2017, iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015), iMac Pro, Mac mini launched in 2018 or later, and Mac Pro from 2019. As for the iPad compatibility, the update should be out on the iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation or later), iPad (6th gen or later), and the 5th generation iPad mini and later.

Both devices in connection must be running the latest macOS 12.3 and iPadOS 15.4 betas, which are available to both public and developers alike.