The feature, which creates a bridge between Macs and iPads, is now available in the first public beta of macOS Monterey 12.3, and it’s already mind-blowing. The tool allows users to control multiple devices with a single keyboard and mouse, and users are already describing the experience as “magical”. (Want to buy a new tablet on the market? Check out the best graphic tablet deals.)
With Universal Control, users can move the cursor to the edge of the Mac screen, and it will magically appear on the iPad – providing new levels of multitasking opportunities. For designs looking for the maximum amount of screen space, Universal Control can be a game-changer – essentially turning their devices into multiple monitors.
Although it is only in beta at the moment, this technology has been a huge hit on the internet. “This is brilliantly clever,” comments one Reddit user, while another adds, “I’ve made a ‘holy cow’ after using it with my Mac Mini and MacBook Pro together. It lives up to the hype and then some.”
im_astounded_universal_control_is_truly_magic from r/mac
Holy wow Universal Control is incredible, this is me switching between my MacBook Pro, iPad mini and iPad Pro using only my MacBook trackpad and keyboard. It’s location-aware, allows you to drag files, and supports iPadOS gestures. The hype was real and it all just worked 🤯 pic.twitter.com/PWUTLYZtkWJanuary 27 2022
So how do you use Universal Control? When Apple said “No setup required,” that means it. All you have to do is sign into the same iCloud account on each device, and make sure it’s updated to the latest version (for now, you’ll also need to sign up for Apple’s public beta program). And that’s it – put your iPad next to your Mac and try moving the cursor from one device to another. It’s a great example of Apple’s “it just works” philosophy in practice.
While we’re excited about all the new rumored Apple devices (like the iPhone 14 and 2022 MacBook Air), it’s always nice when a simple software update comes along to breathe new life into our existing devices. If you want to get the most out of Universal Control, check out the best M1 iPad and MacBook deals below.