The Universal Control function, which we saw presented at the last WWDC21 in June, has already reached the beta phase. In what is the tenth beta version of macOS 12 Monterey, it makes an appearance for the first time since the first betas of macOS 12 Monterey and iPadOS 15 were published, more than four months ago.
A feature that has required months of development
Like other years, the Mac operating system, in this case macOS Monterey, has lagged behind its counterparts for iPhone or iPad. Between this delay and the fact that Universal Control was not mentioned in any beta until now, it was possible to think that this was one of the novelties that would appear in a future Monterey update. Now, however, we have reasons to believe that we will soon be able to use it.
For now, the Universal Control function is still disabled. We can, however, activate it by modifying certain settings on the Mac so that, although it is not possible to use it, we will verify that functionality now receives beta tag within System Preferences.
The truth is this movement does not guarantee its immediate availability, but it implies that Apple will activate the function in a future update and that we can start using it, although it is still in development.
Let us remember that it is thanks to Universal Control that we can use the trackpad and keyboard of our Mac, be it a MacBook, an iMac or a Mac mini, to control and interact with our iPad or vice versa. The function simply requires that we drag the mouse in the direction of our other device so that it jumps and allows us to interact.
An apparently very simple system that hides a significant amount of technology behind to function properly. A system that, as we can see, has needed several months of development to be able to reach a beta level. One of the most striking novelties of macOS Monterey that, it seems, we will soon be able to enjoy, even if it is in beta.