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Apple kicks Universal Control to spring 2022 following new OS releases

Apple aimed to deliver Universal Control this autumn. (Image source: Apple)
Apple aimed to deliver Universal Control this autumn. (Image source: Apple)
Apple has updated its website to reflect a new approximate release date for Universal Control. The feature, which allows you to bridge your iPad and Mac, will now arrive at some point during spring 2022. Apple still cannot commit to a specific release date, though.

Last week, we reported that Apple had issued the macOS 12.1 Release Candidate without Universal Control, a feature it promised to release in the autumn. iPadOS 15.2 beta builds were also missing Universal Control, which Apple describes as:

One way to work across your devices

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.

The company has now released macOS 12.1 and iPadOS 15.2. As expected, neither OS supports Universal Control, despite their initial release in October and September, respectively. Apple has not publicly addressed why Universal Control is taking so long to deliver, but its website now reports that the feature will be 'available this spring'.

Presumably, Apple means spring 2022. When Universal Control arrives, it will require two devices signed in to iCloud using the same Apple ID. You must enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID, too. Additionally, the feature will be operable over a wired or wireless connection. Your devices must be within 10 metres of each other to use Universal Control wirelessly, though.

(Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12-14 (Update: 2022-01-28)