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Apple pushes macOS 12.1 Release Candidate without Universal Control and other critical bug fixes

Apple advertises Universal Control as one of Monterey's key features. (Image source: Apple)
Apple advertises Universal Control as one of Monterey's key features. (Image source: Apple)
Apple has issued the Release Candidate for macOS 12.1 Monterey, the latest version of its desktop operating system. macOS 12.1 will contain numerous changes, but Apple is not yet ready to release one of Monterey's most exciting features.

Apple released macOS Monterey 12 in October, which it followed up with Monterey 12.0.1 on October 25. Since then, the company has been beta testing Monterey 12.1, most recently with Beta 4. Now, Apple has published Monterey 12.1 Release Candidate (RC), the final step in the update's development schedule.

Accordingly, MacRumors predicts that Apple will issue Monterey 12.1 to all eligible devices next week. However, Universal Control will remain absent from macOS Monterey as it is not in the RC. Currently, Apple states that Universal Control will be 'available later this autumn', although we expect this to change once Monterey 12.1 arrives without it. Apple describes Universal Control 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.

Universal Control support is also missing from iPad OS 15.2. Unfortunately, it is unclear when Apple plans to introduce Universal Control. Presumably, it has kicked the feature into macOS Monterey 12.2 or later.

None of these will arrive before 2022, though. In the meantime, other critical bug fixes are also unaddressed, such as Monterey's persistent memory leaks. However, Apple has bundled some fixes in Monterey 12.1, as we have discussed separately

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Alex Alderson, 2021-12- 8 (Update: 2021-12- 8)