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Apple’s latest iPadOS and macOS betas finally add Universal Control

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The long-awaited feature is supposed to arrive in the spring

Apple first introduced Universal Control at WWDC 2021 in June.

Apple’s newest developer betas for iPadOS and macOS Monterey include Universal Control, indicating the long-awaited feature might finally be released sometime in the near future. Universal Control, which Apple announced at WWDC 2021 in June, is an impressive-looking feature that lets you use a Mac’s keyboard and mouse with an iPad just by placing the iPad next to the computer. Universal Control seems to have been more ambitious than Apple anticipated, however, since it already missed a fall release estimate, is now supposed to come out this spring, and hadn’t even shown up in betas until Thursday.

MacRumors reports that Universal Control is enabled by default if the iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 betas are installed, and the publication also shared a screenshot showing that three options regarding Universal Control are marked with a beta tag.

Apple is marking these settings with a beta tag.
Screenshot: MacRumors

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about when iPadOS 15.4 and macOS Monterey 12.3 will be available to the public. The company also released the first iOS 15.4 beta on Thursday, and it lets you use Face ID while wearing a mask and adds new emoji.